“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cheese „
Red Leicester is my favourite cheese. I will always make sure I have a packet in my fridge at all times. This particular cheese is Tescos own brand and is £1.70 per pack or you can get 2 across a few different cheeses for £3. There are 250g in the block in the packet.
The packet is a waxy plastic similar to any kind of wrapping you would get round a cheese, nothing fancy but it does its job. Inside, the cheese is a vivid orange colour, perhaps even a brighter orange than other red leicesters. The smell is not overpowering at all, when you open the packet you can't smell it immediately, only when you get up close to deliberately smell it. It is not a strong smell like a blue cheese, it's completely inoffensive. The actual texture of the cheese in your mouth is quite plastic-y (not sure how you spell that word!) and does not have a very defined flavour. I feel like if you had your eyes shut whilst tasting it you could almost be eating a different cheese like a mild gloucester or a mild cheddar.
The cheese is quite nice on cheese on toast, the heat must bring out the best in the cheese. However, I feel the cheese is too bland to have in a sandwich.
Overall, this cheese is pleasant enough, there's nothing wrong with it but personally I prefer a stronger tasting red Leicester.
I can't cope unless there is cheese in the fridge- any type- continental cheeses are my favourite (emmental,. jarlsberg.... mmm). My husband on the other hand, hasn't quite got the cheese bug and as such will only eat Red Leicester cheese and no others.
I've been actively promoting cheeses of the world to him for the past 12 months with regular buys of a different variety of cheese cut into small pieces with canape flags stuck in them (in an attempt to dress up the cheese as if I was the embodiment of the Tesco cheese counter in our kitchen... ) to no avail and we are stuck buying this :- Red Leicester cheese from Tesco on offer for 2 blocks for the price of £2.50 until September 2009. Bargain.
Seeing as my cheese promoting isn't paying any dividends, we have got through a fair few blocks of this Red Leicester cheese. My husband is getting protective of his Red leicester and has suggested we buy a locked box for the fridge to keep it safe... Hmm. I like Red Leicester, it is not my favourite cheese but it is in the top 15. It has a mild but full taste and it is brightly coloured. You can quite happily cut a small slice as you wander past the fridge and merrily go on your way. Cheese is good for your teeth as it reduces plaque acids- hence having cheese and crackers after a meal (or for a meal...). It is also a good source of calcium.
On the down side, cheese is high in fat and calories. Around 400 calories per 100g and 33.7g of fat. Red Leicester in particular is generally famed for being from Central England (though I live in Leicester and would expect there to be more Red Leicester cheeses around, there isn't) and has a rich yet slightly nutty flavour. It is tasty. Good to make toasties with and good as cheese on toast (there is a difference). It melts well and it is good on a cream cracker. It is a cheese where you can eat it on its own without needing garnishes (though it is awesome with pickles).
If I was making a party food spread, I would use Red Leicester as it has advantages over cheddar- it looks good and holds its self together if you cut it into cubes and put a cocktail stick through it (with a piece of sausage and pickle?) and it doesn't crumble at whim like wensleydale. Most people will eat Red Leicester who would not go near Stilton or Brie or Camenbert- the more hardcore cheeses.
Red Leicester is the cheese for the masses.
This Tesco version in my husbands limited cheese opinion is richer than cheaper Red Leicester blocks. So he says he needs to use less of it on crackers. I agree- it has a good flavour and is rich and tasty. I find the Tesco Value Red Leicester cheese in comparison almost rubbery- it seems to bounce back when you try to cut it - you need a really sharp knife. This is a more solid, quality cheese. It has a strong red colour and it smells nice and really is good value for money- especially at the moment with the offer on! That's half a kilo of cheese for £2.50!
Tesco Red Leicester is one of a couple of cheeses that we switched to from cheddar, when prices shot up a few months ago. While a block of Cheddar shot up to nearly £2 for a small 250g size, this Red Leicester remained around the £1.50 mark. The price of cheddar has come back down a little bit, but we're so enamoured with this that we've stuck by it regardless of the price changes going on around it.
A 250g block of this cheese will set you back £1.58. That's pretty reasonable given how expensive cheese is in general. You can get it on offer frequently, and they're presently offering this cheese (and others in the range) at 2 for £2.50. The offer runs up until 29/12/09 so you can reliably buy this cheaply on a regular basis.
This cheese has got a really deep orange colour to it, that gives dishes like lasagne a really lovely tinge. It's got a rich, cheddar like taste, but with a more savoury edge to it than cheddar cheese has. It's described as having a nutty flavour, which is something you'll understand if you're familiar with cheese flavours in general. It basically describes the savoury, nut like after taste that comes from eating this cheese. It's not as tangy as cheddar is, but along the same lines.
One of the things I've been most impressed with about this cheese is the relatively solid texture. Some cheaper cheeses are prone to crumbling and falling apart in your hands, but this stuff slices smoothly without breaking apart. The only slight grumble I have regarding the texture is that it tends to get easily smudged into the grater when I'm trying to grate it. I think that's something that happens with a lot of soft cheeses though in fairness, especially when they meet with the heat from your hands and the grating action.
All in all, this represents excellent value for money. It's great on pasta dishes or in sandwiches, and for all the uses you'd use your standard cheddar for. But it's nice to have a change every now and again, and you certainly can't argue that this is available at a pretty great price.