Product Type: Tesco Cheese
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Tesco Light Choices Cottage Cheese
Member Name: MollyWH
Tesco Light Choices Cottage Cheese
Advantages: Low fat, good source of calcium, taste great
Disadvantages: Only available at Tesco, might not be to everyones taste
To be honest, I had never really eaten much cottage cheese up until last year. It was only when I started a diet, and my Mum advised me to have cottage cheese instead of Cheddar on my jacket potato that I came across it. I always like to try new things so thought it would be worth a bash. Upon first trying it, I wasn't that keen as let's be honest, it doesn't really compare to Cheddar. However, I persevered with it as I realised how good it was for me and it is now one of my favourite things to eat.
Tesco light choices cottage cheese comes in 300g tubs which are plastic. The tub is mostly white with a different coloured strip running along the top of the tub, depending on the flavour inside i.e. green for chive flavour and yellow for cottage cheese with pineapple. The lid is a clear plastic lid and the tub also has a foil cover over it which easily peels off.
A 300g tub only costs £1.40 which I think is really good value for money. They also do a 650g tub which costs £1.75. The flavoured cottage cheese, such as with pineapple and with chives are slightly more expensive with a 300g tub costing £1.45.
The Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese has a quite bizarre texture. It is creamy, with clots of the cottage cheese in a thin white liquid. Upon first opening the tub, I find that the clots have separated slightly from the liquid so I find that stirring the contents makes the texture more suitable for eating.
Taste wise, it is difficult to explain, it tastes creamy but also slightly sour at the same time, although not unpleasantly so. Obviously there is a slight taste of cheese but this is more like an underlying hint rather than a full on flavour.
Cottage cheese is actually a very versatile product and can be used in a manner of different ways. I most commonly use mine as a filling for a jacket potato along with baked beans. I also like to include cottage cheese in my salad dishes so I can eat it alongside my salad which makes it more enjoyable and also cuts out the calories of using a salad dressing. Another meal I like to have involving cottage cheese is a jacket potato filled with garlic mushrooms, but I cook the garlic mushrooms in a serving of cottage cheese - this makes a nice cheesy sauce to accompany the mushrooms and it is also healthy.
I also cut up pieces of veg such as carrots, celery and cucumber and use them for dipping into the cottage cheese. These are great as a healthy snack and can easily be taken into work.
Cottage cheese can also be used instead of cream cheese in things such as lasagne, pasta sauces and cheesecake - this helps to massively cuts down on calories.
Finally cottage cheese can also be used in sweet recipes such as pancakes although I have no actually used it for nay such recipes to date.
Per 60g serving (5 servings per pot):
Fat (saturates): 0.9g (0.5g)
So as you can see from the stats this is a very good nutritional product, especially as it has a 65% reduction in fat from the normal cottage cheeses. It also contains no hydrogenated fat, is a brilliant source of calcium and is suitable for vegetarians.
I would highly recommend this product, especially for anyone dieting or trying to be healthier with their food. I would advise you to persevered of you are not keen the first time you try it, as I wasn't either but now I thoroughly enjoy it. I like the fact that one product has so many uses and find that it is a good product to have in a fridge, purely because you can use it to accompany so many different meals.
Summary: Clotted Cheese?