“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cheeses „
Up until recently cottage cheese was something that I never really bought, not because I don't like but just because I didn't really think about it. However a few weeks ago I decided to start buying it again, I noticed that Tesco did their own Everyday Value version of it so I decided to give it a go, it was so cheap that if it wasn't that nice I hadn't wasted a lot of money.
When I opened the tub of cottage cheese it looked just like any other brand, basically a white lumpy substance, to be honest cottage cheese never looks overly appealing but it does make up for it in taste.
My first thoughts about the Tesco Everyday Value Cottage Cheese was that it was going to be all liquid and no lumps of the cheese in it, however this was not the case and there was just the right amount of the liquid and pieces of cheese. What I liked about this cottage cheese was that it has no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives which meant I could give it to Jayden, unfortunately this is one of the few foods that he is not that keen on.
Another worry I had with buying Tesco Everyday Value Cottage Cheese was that it was going to be bland, when I first tasted it I was pleased to discover that it had a lovely mild and creamy taste and was in no way bland at all, the pieces of cheese were soft and of just the right texture the way cottage cheese should be.
Cheese is something I could quite easily have with every meal but unfortunately is very high in fat, however cottage cheese is ideal for me as it only has 38 calories per serving and is virtually fat free, meaning I can happily have cheese without having to worry about the calorie and fat content. This product is also suitable for vegetarians, again something which is ideal for me.
Tesco Everyday Value Cottage Cheese can be used for a range of things, personally I tend to either have it in a sandwich, with rice cakes or with baked potato, however I find it quite versatile and it does go with a large range of other foods and ingredients. The mild creamy flavour makes an ideal accompaniment without being over powering.
This product is only available from Tesco being part of their Everyday Value range, the 300g tub costs just 64p which personally I think is excellent value for money. Despite the cheap price it is of a good quality, this does not reflect the cost of it at all.
I have been buying Tesco Everyday Value Cottage Cheese for a few weeks now and have been extremely pleased with it. It has a lovely flavour and is of an excellent quality despite the cheap price it is sold for.
I like the fact that it comes in a plastic tub with a replaceable lid as it allows you to keep the cottage cheese fresh and this also allows me to take the tub to work with me for my lunch.
For me this cottage cheese allows me to eat one of my favourite foods without having to worry too much about the fat and calorie content, it is also low in carbs which is good for my diabetes. I would definitely recommend this product and will certainly continue to buy it.
I have used Tesco Value Cottage Cheese on a number of occasions, and I think my assessment of it really depends on what I'm using the cheese for. I do like to eat cottage cheese with crudities and for this I don't find this cottage cheese very inspiring, but for adding to recipes (such as my fabulous salmon pate!) it actually works very well.
The Tesco Value Cottage Cheese comes in the typical "Value" design that's basic and non-interesting, but equally functional and adequate. It comes in a medium size plastic pot with lid and contains 300g of the cottage cheese - which is a decent sized portion. The 300g tub of cottage cheese will set you back a whopping 62p - which is very good value indeed.
The cottage cheese looks pretty runny and liquidy - and probably more so than many other brands I have bought. For this reason, if I'm using it on crudites or in a jacket potato, for example, I find it to be a bit too runny for my needs and I want something that is going to feel a little more substantial and certainly more creamy. It feels like a very thin version of cottage cheese - although it does hold the same flavour as most other brands I've tried. However, if I'm using the cottage cheese as an ingredient in a recipe where it isn't a main attraction, then I actually think this cottage cheese works very well because you have the flavour and some of the creaminess, but without it making the dish overly thick and congested.
Once you've opened it and put it in the fridge, the packaging does tell you that you have to eat it within 3 days, but I haven't found this to be the case at all. I've used it for up to a week and it's always been fine.
Overall, I would recommend Tesco Value Cottage Cheese if you're wanting to use cottage cheese in a recipe, but not if you're wanting to use it as a food in its own right. Mixed feelings.
***Tesco Value Cottage Cheese-300grams***
I paid 55 pence for my tub.
Suitable for Vegetarians. Added ingeredient-Salt.
This product is now packaged a bit different than in the picture which is how it used to look. It now is sold in a taller tub which has a plastic lid as well as the usual type of sealed lid. Also you now get 300grams instead of 200grams.
***Why I bought this product***
I am following Slimming World diet to help me lose weight and Tesco Value Cottage Cheese can be eaten freely on the Extra Easy, Green days + Red days on this particular diet. I actually eat cottage cheese when not slimming as I like the taste of Langley Farm Cottage Cheese but find it hard to buy as I can only find it in Asda also it isn't the Very Low Fat kind of Cottage Cheese. The Tesco Value Cottage Cheese was the cheapest in Tesco's. I have tried their Healthy Living Cottage Cheese and wasn't that impressed with the texture, taste or price. I thought I would see if the cheaper one was any better.
***What was it like***
Well it tasted a bit better than the Tesco Healthy Living(THL) one so as it is much cheaper I would choose it over that. It wasn't as watery as the THL one so the taste was a bit more creamier and the texture was more substantial. The actual pieces of cottage seemed a bit more substantial when eating than THL. Unflavoured cottage cheese can taste a bit plain especially the Very Low Fat ones butThe Tesco Value Cottage Cheese does bear up well in regards to taste compared to others as I have also tried Marks + Spencer Fat Free Cottage Cheese which I did not like at all. The Tesco Value Cottage Cheese I ate with a Jacket potatoes and salad and also on some crispbreads. It went well with the jacket potato but I felt that with the crispbread it need something else such as a bit of chopped up onion or cucumber.
The addition of the plastic lid is an improvement to the product as it stores better when opened in the fridge.
The package is simple bu has all the required information.
of which sugars-5.0g
of which saturates-0.4
This product is not suitable for home freezing. It needs to be kept refrigerated. Once it is opened it needs to be consumed within 3days and by the 'use by' date which is on the lid.
It is produced in the Uk for Tesco Stores Ltd.
This Cottage Cheese didn't match up to the Langley Farm one in taste and texture but I haven't found one that does and it is probably won't in the Very Low Fat ranges! However I would say as a Very Low Fat Cottage Cheese this is one of the better ones in taste, texture and price.
I would purchase this product again and it is because of the price.
I would reccomend it if you are wanting to eat a very low fat cottage cheese. However I would not say run out and buy it if you don't really eat cottage cheese as it does not have the taste of tasty food. As with a lot of Tesco Value Products it comes in just the one flavour.
Rating this product I have given it a genourous 4 stars. In my opinion is more like a 3.7 so I have rounded it to the nearest star.
I like cottage cheese but I rarely pay top price for it. I always look for the value ones in any supermarket.
I recently bought tesco value cottage cheese, 55p for 300g. I have purchased this before and thought it was a little watery (too much liquid) but as I opened the lid I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't have to pour any liquid away which I normally do even on the more expensive ones. I gave it a stir and it was nice and thick and tasted just like any other cottage cheese. Cottage cheese is bland on it's own no matter what brand you buy and how much you pay.
I don't really know why I like cottage cheese because it is bland but it is also quite healthy towards hard cheeses like cheddar but for me cheddar would always win but I eat a lot of cheese so sometimes I feel I need to be a bit more healthier and choose cottage cheese. Especially when I have a jacket potato I will put cottage cheese on and bit of cheddar or some beans.
This cottage cheese doesn't have a plastic lid it just has a foil lid so if the cheese isn't eaten it needs to be put in a tub and eaten within 3 days.
The packaging is basic a plastic tub with cottage cheese wrote in a blue band and Tesco value written on red.
100g contains 75 kcals. 0.2g sodium. The tub says it is fat free.
If you like cottage cheese there is no point paying more
Cottage cheese is a part of my low fat diet and it basically is in place instead of full fat cheese due to its lower fat content.
Tesco produce this value cottage cheese which is very good in price and I am yet to find any other supermarket that can better it. A 200g tub will set you back about 40p - 50p which is very economical.
The pot of cheese is round in shape and made of plastic with your standard blue and white tesco graphic on the tub. The lid is made of strong tin foil and can be peeled back. One of the major problems with this product is that when opened it can't be re-sealed due to the lid type, this though is one of the reasons for the products cheap cost.
The cottage cheese inside is of a very good standard which was soft and creamy but with no excess liquid which was a suprise. I find many brands have excess liquid that needs to be drained off, not to have any was a pleasant suprise.
In all honesty once you open the cottage cheese you will need to consume within 2 - 3 days or just like milk it starts to turn sour and doesn't taste nice. A tip is to also check the pot when you buy it at the supermarket because you will sometimes find cracks on the pot which means the air gets in. When you go to open the pot it is already no good for use - this has happened to me on numerous occasions.
Tesco cottage chese yields about 80kcal per 100g which is very low in fat.
I personally use this cheese for a few things like sandwiches, jacket potatoes and I even add it to some of my pasta dishes like bolognese which yields a lower fat content than normal cheese.
A great product which is perfect to all persons watching there weight or just to have as a change from normal higher fat cheese, spreads and condiments.
I like cottage cheese, and I like a good bargain, so when I saw this Value Cottage Cheese in my local Tescos, I thought it had to be worth a try. Over the years, I've used quite a few of the supermarket Value ranges, with varied success- some products taste just like the more exepensive versions, while others are of a noticably lower quality. This, I'm afraid to say, comes in the latter category.
The first problem is the packaging. Most cottage cheese tubs come securely packed with a foil covering and a plastic lid- this one does away with the lid, meaning that its only protection from the big wide world is a flimsy piece of foil. Less plastic packaging is usually a very good thing, but in this case, it does compromise the product. Many of the tubs on the shelf had rips and holes in their lids, and I had to check a few before I found one that was completely intact. Alas, it didn't remain so for long- by the time I got it home, something in the bag must have nudged it, because it sported a large rip down the middle. Fortunately, none of the stuff inside had oozed out, but I think I had a lucky escape.
The hole in the lid meant that the tub was officially opened, and would therefore have to be eaten within three days, according to the instructions. This wasn't a problem for me, as I was planning to start it with dinner that night, but it would have been a pain if I'd wanted to save it for a while.
Anyway, on to the cheese itself. I was pleased to see that it looked fairly normal, although there was a certain wateryness around the edges that didn't bode well. The first thing I noticed about the taste was that it was quite bland- it did have that distinctive, savoury, cottage cheese flavour, but it was much less obvious than it usually is, and, when eaten with the jacket potato I was having it with, I could hardly taste the cheese at all. Eaten on its own, it is slightly better, but still very mild. Its consistency also left much to be desired- the juice surrounding the lumps was indeed very watery, while the lumps themselves were mushy and unappetising.
It's not all bad news though- at 55p for a 300g pot, this cottage cheese is considerably cheaper than any other on the shelf. It's also fat free, and fairly low cal at 75kcal per 100g. Essentially, it's a watered down version of standard cottage cheese- there's nothing repulsive about it, but it does lack the flavour and creaminess of the pricier versions. The cottage cheese itself is probably worthy of a 3 star rating, but it loses a point for the risky lid.
Every now and again, I decide to buy more "healthy" products for a while- so instead of full fat cheese, I buy cottage cheese. I really don't mind cottage cheese and hve been buying it seasonally for about 10 years now. I have bought this Tesco value cottage cheese regularly over the past 12 months. Mr Norton hates the stuff and won't go near it- but I have yet to meet a man who likes plain cottage cheese so I think its a guy thing.
I have noticed cottage cheese in general is seeming to be getting more expensive, and as it is all pretty much the same (in that you know what to expect when you buy it), At only 46p for a 250ml tub, I find this Tesco product fantastic value- to compare a 300g tub of Morrisons Eat Smart Cottage cheese is £1.08.
The pack is very basically designed, blue and white with the red and white Tesco Value logo.The top does not have a separate plastic overlid (as on cream or other cottage cheese's) - it is just a plastic pot with a foil lid that peels back without too much effort. I prefer when cottage cheese's have the over lid as I think it gives me piece of mind it is going to seal in its freshness, but I know deep down it is not necessary its just a waste of plastic! So, good for Tesco not selling the extra lid here on an environmental level! (its a small point, but its less to remember to recycle!).
Inside, I was pleased to find on the whole this Tesco product does have a good consistency. On a scale of 1-5 with 1 being too runny and 5 being really thick/ dry cottage cheese, I found this to be a 2.5- 3 on average. It was not the thickest creamiest cottage cheese I have ever had but it is a lot better than the Morrisons Eat Smart cottage cheese I bought on a whim in the supermarket recently that is just way too runny for my liking with hardly any lumps!
One thing to note is the texture can differ from batch to batch so sometimes you will get a poor tub that is runny and other times it is just right- but on the whole I have been pleased with this Tesco Cottage
cheese. For this price we can excuse them not getting it right every time!
I noticed with the Tesco cottage cheese, after the first day of it being open, water develops inside it which I had to pour off before I then re-stirred the product. I think this is a natural occurence with cottage cheese in general- and not specific to this one product. As this is a dairy product the recommended useage time is "once open, use within 2 days" but I find it lasts much longer- more like three to four days and I have never had any upset stomach or problems from eating a tub over three or four days (you have to make your own judgement on this). The use by date is normally within a week of purchase (thought if you look closely at the dates when in store you can often pick one from a tray with a later use by date).
Milk- added salt.
Per 100g: 75 calories, 0.4g fat and 0.2g sodium. This is VERY low fat - I know I have been caught out with cottage cheese before- I have bought tubs and thought "oh this is nice and creamy" then looked on the pack and it's 7g fat per 100g - so be aware not ALL cottage cheese is "healthy"- but this Tesco Value Cottage cheese IS a healthy version- it just does not flaunt the fact on the pack.
For the price and the on-average experience I have had from buying this product, if you like cottage cheese and are going to eat it with other foods (ie tomatoes, salad on crackers), this is a good staple buy. It is VERY cheap, low fat/ calories, it IS plain and the taste is plain and natural tasting, not too creamy, but it has a good lumpy consistency without being too dry and cheesey (if that makes sense).
I will continue to buy a few tubs of this each month and will continue to eat it on crackers with ham/ tomatoes/ white pepper or sliced pepper to accompany it. I would not recommend it to eat on its own as I think that would be too bland and a bit boring- but paired with other veg it works just fine.
So, this gets 3/5. It loses one point for the plainness and one point for the sometimes runny consistency - it is not the most glamorous cottage cheese out there, but as a basic ingredient, it is just fine. Great if you are weight watching without making you feel like you are really depriving yourself of all edible pleasures!