Product Type: Tesco Cheese
Newest Review: ... a brown plasticky coating around the circumference. It seems to be edible, but it is really not very nice and I dread to think what it's... more
Ready smoked, ready sliced, ready to eat.
Tesco Smoked Cheese Slices
Member Name: slbhill
Tesco Smoked Cheese Slices
Advantages: Easy, tasty
Disadvantages: Very processed, plasticky coating
Mmmmm cheese :-) I love mild cheeses, including smoked cheese despite friends' assertions that the processing and smoking makes it more akin to rubber than actual cheese - surely that's the point?! I also have a tendency to leave making my packed lunch to the last minute - so these were well worth a try.
The slices are just the right size for a "normal" bread roll, so no mucking about cutting. They're a pain in the neck for sandwiches though - round cheese on square bread just doesn't work if you're finicky about the filling going to the edge of the bread.
The bad news is that the slices have a brown plasticky coating around the circumference. It seems to be edible, but it is really not very nice and I dread to think what it's made of, so you really need to take this off, which is very fiddly. If the cheese is at room temperature then the coating peels off fairly easily, but if it's just out of the fridge (which it probably is if you're filling rolls with it) then it disintegrates so I ended up trimming it with a knife. At that point I might as well have sliced proper cheese.
On the plus side, if you've had Austrian or Bavarian smoked cheese which comes in those little plastic sausage shapes, you'll know what a pain it is to slice because it's so soft and elastic that it deforms long before it cuts. There is none of that problem with these slices which does make life easier. The cheese in the slices is slightly less elastic than the "normal" smoked cheese so it is a bit less squishy and more chewy. Whether this is a good thing depends on your personal taste.
The controlled portion size is also useful if you're trying to keep an eye on your calories - it's amazing how much cheese you can cram into a cheese roll if you're not careful, or is that just me?? However, for the lazy dieter like me having ready sliced cheese in the fridge is just that little bit too easy. Oh well, it's not as bad as having a biscuit!
* A pack of 8 slices costs £1.78 at the time of writing, so about 22p per slice.
* Each slice (22.5g) provides 67 calories, 5.2g of fat (3.6g saturated fats) and 0.2g of sodium. This is slightly less calories and fat than the red leicester I usually buy.
So overall, if you aren't horrified at the very idea of buying pre-sliced cheese (one of the ultimate lazy options) then these provide that junk food, rubbery, processed cheese hit without the Krypton Factor challenge of getting into the plastic wrap on more traditional smoked cheese. Ideal for tipsy or lazy people, or maybe kids (I know I used to love this stuff). I just wish they didn't have the plastic coating.
Summary: Ultimate easy filling for rolls
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