“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cheeses „
I've always loved a good strong full bodied mature cheese (just how I like my women) and love trying different varieties. The family however are not so keen on the stronger flavours. With my youngest daughter preferring creamy and mild cheese, think dairy lee (which to me is barely cheese at all). Being loathed to spend a lot of money on a mild cheese that would be mainly used on toast and pasta bake I was looking for a bargain and came across the Tesco Value brand of 'Mild white cheese'. The price for the value brands seems to fluctuate almost weekly but at the moment it costs £5.53 per kg, and comes in small, medium and extra large packs we usually buy the medium which costs around £3.32. This is usually enough to last us one to two weeks used mainly for one person and depending on the amount of pasta bake that one person consumes.
On opening the pack there is no real distinctive cheese smell, it has a smooth moist texture somewhat like mild cheddar, and cuts easily. To me the taste is a bit 'plasticy' but it's certainly not unpleasant or entirely flavourless and is a great help in stretching the budget. At a push I enjoy it on toast, or in any other way that I would eat a white cheddar type cheese. If you are a cheese buff this almost certainly won't satisfy you, and I think its uses are best as I've described above, on toast, as part of a recipe or sprinkled over things. It stores well just like other hard cheeses, it needs to be wrapped or it will go dry and hard on the edges.
This cheese of course is only available from Tesco, though I'm not sure if the value brand cheeses in stores such as Asda and Morrisons actually come from the same source but are differently packaged. As they seem to have a very consistent level of quality between supermarket value brands of this product. In a blind test I think I'd find it difficult to tell the difference between the individual supermarket brands. This cheese is not unique in flavour or price, I wouldn't specifically go out of my way to purchase this over another mild cheese value brand, but as I mainly shop at Tesco I will continue to buy it.
Tesco groceries online gives a good breakdown of nutritional content etc.
Lookin' for cheese eh? You've come to the right place. Psst watch out for the deepest darkest secret of cheese pricing in my money saving section below ;)
Money: Well it varies on the size but the price per kilo (ish) is normally just over £5. Last time I looked, which was about a week ago, it was at £5.12 per kilo. These prices are always fluctuating (as with most tesco value stuff that I notice) so please don't quote me on the prices. It comes in 250g and 500g chunks so you're looking at around £1.28 and £2.56 respectively (not taking into account the power of the bulk buy). So you're looking at some pretty decent prices compared to the leading brands, although supermarkets normally have offers in the cheese section, you might (rare but keep your chin up) find some for less. Cathedral city is a big player in this.
Taste: Ooo a touchy subject. Now, personally I hate strong cheese, it makes me sweat! Is it just me? Mabye it's a condition or something but I really get quite a clammy brow when munching down on some of Somerset's finest. So I'm more into my mild cheeses such as this and lo and behold, I'm dry as a bone. This cheese is probably the mildest of the mild, I really haven't found one that's milder. You probably wouldn't be looking to buy this if you were into strong cheese so this might not be the review for you, unless you want to come over to the dark side. Not, this cheese is really nice melted, nicer than raw (raw?, would that be the correct term?) in my opinion. Although, my super amazing cheese secret still applies to strong cheese, bonus! Read on!
Ease: Depends how you like it really. It's pretty soft, so easy to chop through for slices, and grates like a dream. However the big blocks are pretty tough to grate all in one even with monster hands like mine, so chop yourself off a chunk then start grating, but watch those fingers! Graters are sharp ok? you've been warned. It's a lot less mess too, and could stop you from dropping it etc, just generally a better idea.
Downsides: Possibly the price? Especially when you find out the secret. Also as stated strong cheese lovers or cheese connoisseurs among you stay away, you'll be highly disappointed. I mean, yes it's a great cheese in my opinion but I can understand why people would hate it! Pretty limited in sizes as well, but I can't imagine it being a massive problem.
Moneysaving tip: So here it is, my amazing money saving tip! The pre-grated version of this cheese is actually cheaper per kilo than the full block itself! Mad huh? It goes against all laws of nature and I don't know why they do it but hey, believe it! It's normally around £3.90/kg but limited to a 500g bag, so thats a saving of around 24% on your cheese bill in the long run, pretty good huh? This also applies to many other brands so look out for it.
Check the price per kilo to really see how much things cost, bit o' maths never hurt anyone (says the maths geek). Another tip is to freeze it, if grated. Please don't try it with the big block, that could go horribly wrong. It keeps your sarnies cool in your little lunchbox and thaw out just in time for lunch. Pre-grated cheese makes everything a lot easier too, great! One little note is that the pre-grated cheese can sometimes be a bit floury, I'm guessing for them to stop sticking together in a clump (which they would then charge more for). Can't taste it though, so no worries.
Overall: Good cheese for fans of mild cheddar. But look into pre-grated cheese, it's the way forward! I know a lot of the brands do it (Cathedral city definately do) and some other cheeses do, like mozzarella, but I'm not so sure on the whole pricing malarky. Remember, shop around a bit in supermarkets and look at that handy price/kg (or other similar metric measurement) to find some little secrets like this.
As I am going back to university in September, I am on a mission to save as much money as I can. Part of this mission is trying to cut my supermarket bill by trying out some of the value ranges in Tesco and Sainsbury's where possible.
One a recent trip to Tesco, I decided to give their mild cheddar a go. Now being a bit of a cheese fiend, I really should have known better and realised that cheese is one of those things you just cant compromise on, nevertheless, I decided to give it a go.
This product (unsurprisingly enough) can be found in the cheese section of the supermarket. The packets of it are all individually packed and you are looking at paying between £1.50-£2.00 for a 'regular' sized block of cheese, and up to £3.00 for a large block. As always with value products, there is no frills in the packaging, it is wrapped in see through plastic with a label on the front giving the nutritional values, the weight and the price. This product is 34% fat and 25% protein which is pretty much the norm for a mild cheese so it is no worse for you than anything else on the market.
When I got the cheese home, and was making my cheese and pickle sandwiches for the following day, the first thing I noticed when grating it is that it felt somewhat softer and spongier than any other cheese I had recently tried. This was not a good sign, so once I had finish grating enough for my sandwich - I decided to cut a slice from the block and taste it to be on the safe side.
The taste wasn't much better than I expected from such a spongy feeling cheese, it tasted of how you would expect plastic to taste of and to be honest, there was no real taste of cheese at all from it, more of a milky mush that didn't really taste of anything. In my sandwich the next day it was no better, I had hoped that somehow the branston pickle I used to accompany it would bring out a bit of flavour, but no - I may as well just have had pickle sandwiches.
I think this cheese is the find of product that might appeal to someone who 'doesn't really like cheese' as it doesn't have that strong flavour associated with more expensive brands. In my opinion, if you are a cheese fiend like me, it is a false economy as not only are you using twice as much to try and get a bit of flavour out of it, you are also doubling the calorie intake of your regular cheese sarnie.
I think this will go on my 'not worth the money' list and Ill stick to my cathedral city in future.
For the last few weeks we've been getting bored of cheese, I know it sounds mad being bored of something like cheese but we eat that much of it that we've all just had enough! lol We still buy it because there are still things we need it for like cheese on toast or grating on top of bolognese but the last few blocks have been thrown away before they was even half finished.
That's why last time my mum brought this Tesco Value Mild Cheese, it was loads cheaper than Cathedral City for a bigger block. I can't remember the exact price now but it goes on the weight anyway so you'll have to look through the fridge in Tesco to find a block that's the right size and price for you.
I think it's yummy cheese, it's mild so hasn't got a madly strong flavour but the cheese is very creamy and tastes a bit like Edam but without the sweaty taste. I've used it on toast and it melts just like any other cheese, the flavour comes out a bit stronger when you melt it but the cheese doesn't bubble up or go golden brown like other cheeses.
I had a bit on a sandwich yesterday and it was yummy but I used brown bread and the taste of this cheese is so mild that the bread covered up the flavour too much and it made my sandwich taste mega bland. On it's own it's delish because it's mild but has still got a delish flavour, it's one of them cheeses that is toooooooo nice to eat on it's own because I keep going back to the block and cutting more off!!! Hang on..... I just said I was bored of cheese!!!
I definitely recommend you try this cheese, not because it's cheap but because it's a proper nice mild cheese that has worked good on everything we've put it on so far. Being as it's cheap it means that if we do have to throw some away it means we're not wasting as much money as well and that's a good thing!