“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cheese „
One dish I love to make (as it is so quick and easy) is insalata caprese which I have adored since childhood and even now I can't get it to taste quite the same like my nonna (grandmother in Italian!) can. Whenever we have friends round I always tend to make it as a dish we can just snack on before the starter or as a starter. Currently I am trying to save the pennies as like most people and finding cheaper alternatives to products I would usually buy is great as long as they taste great!
I'm currently going through the Tesco Value range and yes some items have been hit and miss. In their value range Tesco do mozzarella which for me was a great find as I tend to eat a lot of mozzarella!
*** Mozzarella ***
It is a curd cheese which is traditionally made from water buffalo but now mostly made with cows milk. It is generally used on pizzas because of its elasticity but its regularly featured in salads and meat dishes. It is generally white in colour and is a semi soft cheese which is actually best eaten on the day it's made.
*** Packaging ***
Most mozzarellas come in little sealed bags which contain a large sized mozzarella ball and is normally kept in brine so the bag is a lot of liquid. As with most Value items the packaging is minimal and is the usual blue and white type labelling and definitely no pictures of the product! Each bag weighs 125g.
*** Taste ***
After pouring out the liquid (you have to be careful when doing this as it can go everywhere!) and opening up the packing you are left with a very wet looking mozzarella ball! I found cutting the mozzarella easy as it is very soft but I did find that cutting thinner pieces was harder as the cheese squidges easily (technical term!).
The mozzarella has no smell to it at all so if you are someone who hates the smell of strong cheese then you don't have to worry with this cheese! I prepared the mozzarella on the dish together with sliced vine tomatoes and couldn't wait to tuck in! On tasting the mozzarella I found that it lacked any taste whatsoever, now mozzarella isn't the most strong tasting cheese but it does normally have a stronger taste than nothingness!
So apart from the lack of taste it also had quite a rubbery texture as if the cheese had been over processed. For me I needed a lot of pepper and salt on the dish to give it any taste whatsoever. The cheese lacked complete taste and didn't have the right texture. I'm sure that if it was used on a pizza where it can melt I think it would be perfectly fine but if like me, you like it in salads or even on its own then it has no taste!
*** Nutritional Information ***
Fat - 4.8g
Sugar - 0.5g
Salt - trace
*** Price ***
Each 125g bag costs £0.47 which is a fraction of the price compared to other mozzarellas on the market.
*** Overall ***
I think this would be far more suitable for cooking than eating it uncooked and on its own as it lacks so much taste and the texture is far too rubbery. I won't be buying it again and would rather spend a bit more for a better quality mozzarella as I don't cook with it a lot so the Tesco Value mozzarella is of little use to me. Would I recommend? Probably not unless as I said above you use it for cooking.
Tesco Value Mozzarella
Description: Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Cheese
Those who have read some of my earlier reviews (thank you so much, I really appreciate all reads, rates and coments!) will know that like so many of us, I ate and drink too much over the festive season and as a result, have spent the last few months trying to eat healthily in order to lose a few pounds and also, feel less sluggish.
I have done well with this and feel a lot better but am still trying to watch what I eat. Having said that though, sometimes it is nice to have what you fancy and one of my favourite lunches is bruscetta, made with pesto, parma ham and mozzarella cheese. These are really easy to prepare, simply slice french bread, spread both sides with pesto sauce and put slices of mozzarella cheese and the parma ham on top. You can also add chopped sun dried tomatoes or olives if you wish. Then pop into a preheated oven for around ten minutes (keep an eye on them as they don't take very long), serve and enjoy! These are great with a little fresh basil on the top too.
I love the Tesco Value range which allows me to save cash by not spending extra on fancy packaging and wrappings. The packaging gets chucked in the bin anyway so why pay more for it. There are loads of really good quality products in the range and while there may be some which are disappointing, there are also heaps which are really good quality and excellent value for money.
A 125g pack of this mozzarella cheese will cost you just £0.48 and like all products in the range, comes in plain white packaging with red and blue writing.
I have tried mozzarella cheese from most of the supermarkets own ranges and usually find them to be every bit as good as the leading competitors. Unfortunately, this one wasn't quite as good as the others and so left me feeling a little let down.
The cheese comes in a ball shape contained in a milky liquid. It is easy to tear apart or slice and looks like any other mozzarella. The taste seems a little bland though and the texture is a little bit more rubbery than I would have liked. Don't get me wrong, this cheese is okay but it tastes like the cheaper option, whereas the Sainsbury's or Asda versions are much better. If you are shopping on a budget, you shouldn't have to compromise on quality so I will but from there next time instead of selecting the Tesco Value one.
30g of the 125g bag contains the following:
Trace of Salt
Mozzarella is such a wierd cheese. The texture is odd. It feels gruesomely rubbery and is just downright odd to the touch, but is is great on a pizza, and I needed some to make one. Finding myself with no option other than to shop at Tesco, I was in a position where I had to go for the cheaper option, being on a budget and all that.
This was bought to make a home made pizza - the tastiest pizzas, and they don't need to be smothered in loads of ingredients. All you need is a homemade pizza base, which is really easy to make - flour, yeast, a little seasoning and water, then a wait for the yeast to act and the dought to rise - no harm in cheating though and buying a ready made base, the homemade topping will taste far superior to anything you buy in the shops. For the topping all you need is some tomatoes, preferably in the form of passatta, a good few leaves of basil and the best bit - yes you guesses it Mozzarella cheese.
So long story, but I had no choice other than to kill two birds with one stone - one of these being to pick up some mozzarella, the other bird was the reason I unusually found myself with Tesco being the nearest supermarket.
I bought two of these and covered the pizza with it - normally the pizza only requires one ball of mozzarella, but I felt like pushing the boat out.
Anyways, fast forward to taking the pizza out of the oven. The pizza was delish! Well the topping was, less said about my 'easy' homemade base the better.
This mozzarella wasn't particularly tasty, but then again mozzarella isn't strong anyway. I much prefer this on a pizza as it lets the taste of the tomatoes and the basil get through - we are so used to eating shop-bought pizza with bog standard cheap cheddar (as opposed to the dearer tasty stuff) that we don't really get the benefit of all the other flavours that the pizza makers slap on in an attempt to tantalise our tastebuds (come back and buy another in other words).
The mozzarella was thoroughly enjoyable nestled in the with the flavours of the tomato and basil, and a little bit of ground black pepper to just round things off. The real pleasure in eating a pizza with a mozzarella topping is fighting with it! Anyone who has eaten mozzarella will know it has a stretchy, rubbery consistency when it is hot on your pizza. This stuff is no exception, just bite into the pizza and wrestle with the stringiness, try and get it all into your mouth in one go.
Oh and don't forget, the best way to eat pizza with a mozzarella topping is to ditch the knife and fork.
I have a breadmaker which I use pretty much daily. (I know an odd way to begin a review on mozzarella, but bear with me). One of the things I like to make in it is pizza dough, and obviously when making pizza at home, you need mozzarella (you see where I'm going now I hope ;) ).
I have tried quite a few different brands of mozzarella over the last year or so, and they are pretty variable in price as well as in flavour and consistency. It's a strange thing because mozzarella is about the only cheese I know which you pretty much need to cook before you can tell if it's any good, and it has to be very good mozzarella for you to be able to enjoy it without cooking it.
This particular mozzarella is not VERY good cheese. Don't get me wrong, it's not actually bad, it's just not good. Open the bag, pour off the liquid and then pause and give the cheese a bit of a squeeze and drain some more liquid off. Yep you've guessed it, it does seem to be a bit on the wet side.
The texture at first looks ok, but try to break it up, and it kind of comes apart in a way you wouldn't expect from mozzarella - almost crumbling in places. This is not a cheese which slices well, but then that's partly the nature of mozzarella to be honest. A very good sharp knife helps, or just give up and tear bits off to throw at the top of the pizza like I do.
After the pizza was cooked, the mozzarella did taste better, but I did find that the pizza was quite wet in the middle and the only thing I can attribute this too was this mozzarella as everything else was the same as I've used on other occasions. Cut the pizza up, take a bite. Umm... well, the cheese doesn't form nice strings between your mouth and the slice as it ought to. The flavour isn't all that either, nothing bad, just a little on the bland side, and despite not stringing in the air, the cheese did seem rather too chewy as well.
I suppose for a budget mozzarella this is ok, but it's not going to win you awards or make friends demand your recipe. I'll buy it when I have to keep the price extra low, but I might mix a bit of better mozzarella in just to kind of help it along a bit if I can afford to you know.
I do a lot of cooking and it's just unfortunate that I am on quite a tight budget at the moment so need to try and save pennies wherever possible whilst still enjoying what I cook and subsequently eat.
I spotted this Tesco value mozzarella in the fridge section at my local Tesco store and at just 45p for a 125g packet I decided to put some in my basket and give it a try out that evening when cooking spaghetti Bolognese and I used the mozzarella for putting inside a home cooked baguette and adding garlic butter to create my own at home garlic bread.
The mozzarella is provided in a white plastic bag which has the familiar Tesco value logo on it and shows nutritional information and the use-by date etc. When I cut open the bag the mozzarella is kept fresh inside water and it is a circular shape. I simply poured away the mozzarella and then sliced it up and place it inside my bread then warmed through in the oven for around 10-12 minutes, the mozzarella melted very well and took on a very stringy texture.
The cheese had a very stringy texture and the taste was nice, cheese like of course, but not too overpowering, I was very impressed with the way it was packaged and the fact that it had been kept very fresh and was ready to use immediately. It did taste quite nice and was a welcome addition to my home made bread, my fiancé certainly seemed very pleased with his dinner and the side dish that was rather unexpected as I usually wouldn't bother during the week!
I would say that this is a bargain for any budding cooks and is very handy to have for those occasions when you don't have much money to spend yet still want to make something that's authentic looking and tasty. I am rating this mozzarella 4/5 and would definitely consider using it again if my budget was tight and I was making an Italian dish.