A tub of Philadelphia cheese, sometimes two of them has been a staple of my shopping basket each week for years but I was always aware supermarket own brand versions were available for a lot less. Last time I bought Philadelphia it cost me 1.95. This Tesco one was not far off a quarter of that price. I had it in my hand, wondering whether I should take a chance on it when another customer said to me "That's really good isn't it?" She told that it could be cooked with OK which was the cause for my hesitation. I like soft cheese on crackers but in recent years I have used it most often actually in cooking. So thanks to that lady I bought one. As well as the version pictured here there is a garlic and herb version too which I mean to try at some point. This is a little more expensive at 60 something pence but still very cheap.
The standard soft cheese which I bought comes in a plastic tub of 200g worth of product. There is a foil lid and then a clear plastic one on top of that. I like the fact you can see through the lid to know how much you have left. The cheese smelled nice and cheesy and tasted very little different from the more expensive Philadelphia, maybe just a little bit less creamy.
The cheese spreads easily onto crackers and Aldo worked well melted in a pasta sauce and as part of a vegetable lasagne topping which I often make. I have also used it to make the traditional cream cheese frosting for a carrot cake. I recommend any one looking for a bargain to try it. I have found it an easy way to save money. I will buy it again often because I really don't feel that I am missing out at all buying this over branded versions.
One of my closest friends Andrea is an amazing cook. Quite often I go to lunch at hers and she came up with something amazing in minutes usually consisting of pasta (my favourite!).
After her one day making me a delicious lunch of cheesy pasta (and her sending me home with cartons of the stuff to freeze) I felt I had to get to the bottom of the recipe....and I did and one of the ingredients she used to make the dish up was this. I dashed out and bought a couple and whilst I have used it to recreate my friends recipe up there are plenty of other ways to use it too.....and now....well I am a fan of this stuff big time!
This basically comes in a oblongish shaped see-through tub with a peel off foil label to the top of it and on that we are clearly told what it is and who it is by, there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown as well as the weight (200g) is stated and little pictures relating to cheese are shown then on the base of the tub other information listed includes ingredients used, a full nutritional chart is given and contact details for Tesco are clearly stated.
The Soft Cheese:
Off white in colour this is a soft, spreadable cheese so its perfect for toast or a sandwich. Its got a nice thick consistency to it and no fragrance really to it and its very smooth (there are no bits in this one of course). I eat it mostly on crackers with a bit of pickle on but this is also perfect for using in recipes.
My friends recipe was simply to add garlic salts and this to a pan, a little milk if it gets too thick, some mixed herbs (dried) and then add to that some cooked spaghetti of choice to this (once melted down) and voila...give it a quick toss and your done and it really is lovely! Yes I make this often for myself now I know how!
I am very impressed with this soft cheese. It has a really creamy taste and is cooling to eat. It lasts a good week if kept refrigerated and is simply a bit of a must have if you like creamy cheese. There are just so many ways to use this and at just 49p a tub it really doesn't break the bank either!
Only available from Tesco stores.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I go through stages of craving certain foods. At the minute, I am having a Ryvita and cream cheese stage and I do like the occasional one for a snack. As the branded products are quite expensive, I decided to try the Tesco own brand value range cheese to see what it was like.
The Tesco value range has recently had a makeover. It is now known as Tesco Everyday Value and the packaging has also been updated. The packaging on this tub is very basic. A flimsy lid and the foil wrapped cheese won't even win design awards, but surely it's what's inside that matters? There is a peel off lid, with small pictures of things that you can have with the soft cheese, such as bagels and on toast or in sandwiches, with a clear lid, and a creamy tub with some basic information about what the contents of the tub are.
This cream cheese does have a thinner consistency than that of Philadelphia and I find that I use slightly more of the cheese because of this, but as this is a lot cheaper, there isn't a problem with using a bit more. My mum has also used this for cheesecakes, and actually prefers this to the more expensive brands.
Taste wise, I can't tell much difference between this cheese and Philadelphia, although this one seems slightly more watery, and in the packet after a few days it seems to go watery quicker than more expensive brands. The taste of this cheese reminds me of the taste of the foil wrapped blocks of Philadelphia that where available when I was younger and had a fondness for. It's not as strong a taste as other brands, but for the money, I feel it is a fantastic alternative to more expensive brands, especially in jacket potatoes, cheesecakes and other items that you use the cheese as an ingredient, rather than as the main flavour.
Nutritional Information (per 30g)
Calories 70 (4%of your GDA)
Sugar (1g 1%of your GDA)
Fat 6g (9%of your GDA)
Saturates 4g (21%of your GDA)
Salt 0.2g (3% of your GDA)
This soft cheese also has No artificial preservatives, flavours or colours, which is maybe why it goes watery quickly.
This isn't the healthiest of items, but a little bit of what you fancy is a good thing I think! This costs 49p from Tesco compared to the £1+ that Philadelphia cheese costs. There is also a garlic and herbs version available in this range for 60p.
We have started buying quite a lot of the tesco value items, so I thought I would write some reviews on the things we buy most regularly.
This soft cheese comes in a 200g tub and currently costs 50p, I find like a lot of other tesco value products the price of this tends to go up and down quite a bit!
I'm sure it was only about 30p when I first started buying it, however for 50p I cant complain!
We always used to buy philadelphia soft cheese which I think is quite expensive, it costs around £1.75 for the same size pot as this, so its quite a big difference!
I noticed this value soft cheese in tesco one day & decided to try it, I'm glad I did! To me it tastes almost the same as philadelphia, maybe not quite as nice but its still great for the price!
I've tried a few other brands of soft cheese, supermarket own brands not value, and have to say I think this one is the nicest!
Its soft and easy to spread, and has a nice creamy taste to it.
I have it on crackers for lunch sometimes, and my children like it in a little bowl with some breadsticks to dip in it!
We also stir it into pasta with grated cheese on the top to make a quick and easy meal!
I would definitely recommend this product, and give it 5 stars!
I don't buy soft cheese all that often, but when I do I usually go for this one. I used to buy the more expensive brands, thinking that they must be better, since they all cost a lot more. These days I have to watch the pennies, so I am gradually trying most of the value ranges from all the supermarkets.
When I first bought this particular soft cheese I wasn't expecting it to be that good, but I was pleasantly surprised! I was making a big cheesecake (we had family coming round for dinner) and the recipe called for a soft cheese such as Philidelphia. Mind you, there was so much needed for the recipe that I simply could not afford to buy the more expensive brand, so I saw Tesco Value Soft cheese and thought I'd give it a try. After all, once the other ingredients were added, who'd know?
The cheese is sold in a small plastic tub, with a foil lid, much like other soft cheeses. The label is the usual Tesco Value one, with the blue and red logo. On the front it has a bit about the nutritional value of the cheese. I found that useful.
Once you open the pack, the cheese looks much like Philidelphia, and has the same smell and taste. It makes me wonder whether it is made by the same firm as the more expensive brand.
Anyway, I used the cheese in the cheescake recipe and it turned out really well (not much was left by the end of the meal) and it tasted just the same as when I had made it with Philadelphis cheese, so I will certainly be buying Tesco Value Soft Cheese again!
I have since used the cheese in things like sandwiches and as a topping for jacket potatoes and it has a lovely creamy taste. It's really versatile too, and you can add all sorts of other things to make really lovely sarnies!
Calorie-wise, there are 75kcals per 30g of cheese, so not too bad really. The main ingredients are: Milk, wheat fibre, citrus fibre, Stabiliser (Xanthan Gum, Tara Gum).
Naturally, if you are allergic to dairly products, then this is not for you!
In all, I think this is a really good soft cheese, and just as good as the more expensive brands. I always buy this whenever I need a soft cheese now, and I think that at 40p for a 200g tub, it is very good value for money!
As my husband loves eating crackers with soft cheese I decided to get the cheaper option for him to try which was a risk as he is very fussy but it paid off as he loves this tesco value soft cheese which costs only 46p for 200g which is exceptional value I think.
As with all of the tesco value range the packaging is very plain with the soft cheese encased in a plastic tub, covered with foil paper and covered with a clear plastic lid which helps to keep the soft cheese fresh. The cheese must be kept refrigerated and once opened consumed within 5days and by the use-by date shown on the packaging.
The cheese is very soft and easy to spread where-as with other brands although it is soft cheese I have found some more difficult to spread as they either crumble or are to thick. The cheese is not to strong yet it is still very tasty and has a lovely smooth texture. Added ingredients are wheat fibre and citrus fibre and there is allergy information on the packet to warn you that the cheese does contain milk, wheat and gluten. A 30g serving contains 6.9g of fat and 75calories and only 0.2g of salt.
A lovely soft cheese which goes great with crackers and is really good if you add a small bit into some mashed potates as it helps make them really soft and creamy. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who buys soft cheese as it is a cheaper alternative to the more well known brands and taste wise is very similar.
I was going to make up a 'cheat' cheesecake mix the other day but hadn't noticed I had to add soft cheese to the mixture. To cut a long story short I nipped into Tesco & bought their Value one thinking as it was just for baking I needn't buy the usual Philadelphia.
This 200g tub only cost 45p and, although the packaging is only basic, the taste & texture was surprisingly good & I'll definitely buy it again.
I decided, for Dooyoo purposes you understand, that it was only right that I tried a bit of this on its own but ended up eating the contents over the next 3 days - hence no cheesecake as yet!
It consists of a white plastic tub, a clear plastic lid & a foil seal - nice & simple to open yet keep the cheese fresh. As shown in the picture the nutritional values are clearly listed & contain (per 100g) 245 kcals, 23g fat, 4.7g protein and only 0.6g of salt. It may look quite unhealthy calorie/fat-wise but it's very versatile & obviously it depends on how much you use per serving.
I've tried it on toast, in baguettes & sandwiches plus I found it to make a lovely basis for a pasta sauce. I just fried a few mushrooms in a pan, threw in some cooked chopped ham, added a tablespoon or 2 of the soft cheese, tossed in some freshly cooked pasta, finally adding a little parmesan & a generous amount of black pepper - lovely.
The cheese has a nice creamy texture & is easy to spread + it spreads evenly too. It isn't too salty & tastes quite a lot like Philly only slightly less 'grainy' & without so much of a cheesy taste but nonetheless very pallatable.
It can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days when opened & is suitable for vegetarians.
I was really pleased with this product & I'm just wondering whether or not to nip out & buy some more to mix with some prawns or on a jacket potato....
For this price I'd have to recommend Tesco Value Soft Cheese for the price, the taste & the texture I'm going to award 4 stars (just knocking off 1 as it doesn't taste quite as cheesy as some others I've tried).
We rather like our cheeses, and we normally have quite a variety in the house from simple cheap cheddar and simple cream cheese like this, to the fancier blue cheeses and those with herbs or fruit in them. We have them as part of lunches, or for snacking on, and we also cook with a fair bit of cheese too.
One value cheesy product I've moved over to recently is this one, I have to own I did buy it the first time with a little trepidation, but as I've stuck with it you can probably gather that I've decided it's worth keeping buying. It costs just 44p for a 200g tub, and it was that - the price - that made me try it to begin with. It comes in a rectangular plastic tub with a tear off foil lid that's covered with a clear plastic lid. What this means is that it's nicely sealed so no one can tamper with it, but then when you've opened it, you can remove the foil completely and still be able to seal it with the plastic lid.
The cheese itself is certainly not of as high quality as some brands (Philadelphia or Boursin for example), but then I really wouldn't expect it to be considering how cheap it is by comparison. It isn't however nasty at all, and is perfectly acceptable to eat on a bagel with some ham and spring onion, or spread on a crumpet with a bit of strawberry jam. It's pretty creamy, and is very soft and fairly mild in flavour, more so than Boursin which is one of the crumblier and stronger cream cheeses available on the market. I'd say texture wise it's much more similar to Philadelphia, although it's a little less rich tasting, and certainly doesn't carry quite so much flavour of it's own. It's more something you want to serve with something else rather than a cream cheese you'd choose to eat on it's own.
What I really like this stuff for however is cooking with. It's cheapness really allows me to make some interesting dishes that I'd normally think hmm can I justify buying the cream cheese to make that - well with this stuff the answer is a definite yes, and it means I can vary our menu just that little bit more while still keeping the cost low.
Some of the many dishes I've used this in are: Garlic and herb cheesy stuffed mushrooms, sweet cheesecake, savoury herb cheesecake, cream cheese and parma ham chicken and cream cheese and couscous stuffed peppers. It's very versatile as you can see, and can easily be adapted for a wide range of dishes.
It's about as healthy as most cream cheese, around 23g of fat per 100g, and around 250 calories. It's not really something you want to be choosing if you're dieting as there are alternatives which are just as tasty but much lower in fat available albeit at a higher cost.
I definitely recommend this if you're into cooking, and as I've mentioned it's not a bad thing to eat either, though better served with a little something else (hubby likes it best with a bit of smoked salmon, while I prefer it with a nice bit of ham). I'd say if you're trying to cut your budget and have wondered about this one it's worth picking up and trying, hopefully you'll be as pleasantly surprised as I was.
We always have Philadelphia in our house, and I think it is pretty expensive for what it is, last time we were in Tesco, we picked up a tub of value soft cheese. It only cost 45pence for a 200gram tub, so I wasn't expecting much.
The packaging is very simple. It comes in a plain white tub, with a plastic cover, and a foil cover sealing the tub. The lid has a blue stripe through the middle which says soft cheese on it, there is the nutritional information section.
The first thing I noticed when opening the tub, was that the plastic cover didn't seal the tub properly, it seemed to be a fairly loose. When you have peeled back the foil, the cheese inside looked just the same as any other brand, it was pale in colour, it didn't really have a smell, but nor do the other brands.
The taste was very good, it's nice and creamy and has a good smooth texture, it's perfect for crackers or an addition to a salmon sandwich. It is really easy to spread which is always a good thing. The taste is just as good as the other brands, it wasn't too cheesy and was seasoned well. If you hadn't seen the value packaging, you would never guess it was such a cheap variety.
We have added chopped chives to this and used it as a filler for chicken breasts like on the Philadelphia advert; if you cover the breast in breadcrumbs, you have a nice home made chicken kiev! It doesn't melt like you would think it would, as long as you seal any gaps in the chicken, it stays nice and creamy.
Once this cheese has been opened, they tell you it should be eaten within five days. I have kept it open for nearly 10 days and it still tastes fine. As long as it's kept in the fridge you shouldn't have a problem.
I would recommend this soft cheese to anybody who currently buys the other brands, it is less than half the price, and does exactly the same job. Has to be given 5 stars!
I always try and buy lower branded foods whenever I can now and that includes not only food but cleaning products and everything else I can save for the lower priced goods.
This product soft cream cheese is a good price from the Tesco Value range of their products, it comes in the usual colours of red and blue stripes and comes in a nice little rectangle tub with a transparent lid. It cost only 25p for 200g. I think the price must have been reduced recently because I am sure I have paid a little more than 40p many times before, but it did not have any indication on the label in the store so I could well be wrong.
When the lid is removed it has a foil type covering to keep the contents nice and fresh, and inside it is a lovely creamy cheese that is a nice texture to spread on your food.
It is nice on crackers and bread and ideal on bagels and rolls, it is good for packed lunches and parties.
The think the cheese is very good quality and light, it is very creamy and incredibly soft and so does not tear bread or crackers. It is tasty on Ritz crackers and any type of rice cake or crumpets, it is also good to use in baking for those cheese recipes you may want to bake. I have used this in a cheesecake and it has been absolutely delicious. It is nice with onions and a little bit of chopped parsley over the top for a nice little snack and my grandson loves it on bread for a mid afternoon snack. It is ideal for picnics.
It contains per 30g serving:
If you are on a diet it is lovely on Ryvita and is filling and can easily be taken on picnics for those summer days that are just around the corner.
It is easily spreadable straight from the fridge and sell by date is a good time of at least 3 months but check the packaging to see when that may be.
I rate this product a 5 star rating.
I am eating a lot of soft cheese at the moment, as it is quite good in the protein stakes. I usually plump for the Tesco Cottage Cheese, but this is another that I have delved into recently. You could be forgiven for thinking that you are picking up a packet of butter, judging by the packet, but rest assured it is cheese inside!
No marks for the packet, which is as dull as they come, but then it does help you identify the cheaper brand. I just wish they could make it look a little more jazzy. Inside the packet is a cheese which looks rather like Philadelphia. Initial glances and you probably wouldn't know the difference.
The smell is subtle enough, I did not detect much of a whiff from it, but repeated sniffing will provoke a reaction eventually. A delicate and slightly cottage cheesy type of smell, which pleased me.
The texture is skin to Philly too, with a a soft slippery feel about it. Sliding a knife into it, you can easily carve out a chunk of the cheese and dispense directly onto crackers or bread. It spreads really well too, no effort required and melts into a rich enveloping paste. There are no foulsome chunky bits which clog the cheese, the texture remains consistent throughout.
The taste is pretty good, again very similar to Philly I thought, though perhaps lacking that magic something. Philly has a refined afterbite, whereas this offered a more rounded flavour without a final zing in the mouth. It is light and earnest in taste with a sprightly creamy cheese flavour. The light flavour would mean it would be ideal for kids' sandwiches or you could use it as a dip at dinner parties.
The price, at about forty five pence is great, so I might well buy this again, recommended.
Probably the most well known soft cheese is the Philadelphia one. I like to buy soft cheeses for the spreading of cheese on sandwiches.
Tesco offer their own soft cheese as part of the value range of products. The value range normally sell for a much smaller price than other brands. In recent years the choice of these products has widened significantly and if there may have been some preconceptions in the early days, I think they are now all dissipated.
Basically a value product comes in a very simple packaging, Tesco adopt the white, blue and red colors, but as long as you are happy with the content of it, you will probably make this your preferred choice since by the time you check out the combined savings can be in double digit figures.
The soft cheese from Tesco I bought comes in a tub of 200 grams and I paid 45 pennies for it. There is a plastic lead similar to the one Philadelphia has and a foil which can be only partially peeled, so that you preserve better the remaining cheese.
The cheese looks quite white and creamy. It does not give away any particular aroma. Similar to Philadelphia, I noticed a very thin layer of water on it. I took a large piece of that and I spread it with a knife on my baguette. The cheese is thick enough to allow a good spread which is rich in content, I really like my sandwiches to be well filled with cheese.
I then added ham and a sliced tomato and took it with me at work. The result was good, this is surely a tasty cheese and eaten during the day in the office, when my mind is absorbed my one thousand thoughts, it just went down well as any other more expensive soft cheese.
I had some left and I finished 2 days after. It was not as fresh as the first day, and I think that 48 hours is really as long as you want to kep this in the fridge, but other than this, it is surely a good buy.
It is also low in calories, 100 grams are only 245 calories, which for a cheese is very good.
I brought this tub of soft cheese from Tesco just to see what it was like, I couldn't see how they could make it any good when it only costs 45p for a 200g tub because that's LOADS cheaper than Philadelphia and other big brands. I had some last night on some crackers and for my brekkie this morning on a bagel and was majorly surprised by how nice it is and I'll deffo buy it again.
It's mega pale looking and hasn't got much of a smell. When I took the top off the tub I thought it was going to be naff because of it not having a smell but the soft cheese is mega creamy and has got a delish flavour, it's a bit more natual cheese tasting than Philadelphia but has still got the same yummy creamy and cool texture. It spreads good and gave my crackers a delish taste last night and on the bagel the soft cheese was wicked.
The flavour of the soft cheese is cool and creamy, it hasn't got the same strong taste as other soft cheeses but that makes it a bit better in a way because it means you can use it with loads of different stuff to make yummy sandwiches and stuff. My mum said she used it when she had a dinner party last year to put inside some chicken breasts and she reckons nobody noticed any difference between this and the more expensive stuff she usually uses.
The only problem is that this isn't a low fat soft cheese, it's 23% fat and that's loads higher than Laughing Cow Light and Philadelphia Light and stuff like that. As far as the taste goes though it's wicked and well worth 45p. I also like the thick and creamy texture of it because I know this sounds mad but I think thick mega creamy soft cheese is loads more filling than the slippery watery ones you can get.
I know the Value packaging puts a lot of people off but this soft cheese is worth a try because there's nothing not to like, if someone gave me this without showing me the cheapo tub then I'd know it wasn't Philadelphia but would never guess it had cost a third of the price. It's a shame they don't do some herb flavours as well because I reckon the taste of the cheese would go wicked with a flavouring and it would mean more people would buy it, also a low fat version would be wicked but I'm not sure how good a Value product would be with all the fat taken out of it.
Tesco Value Soft Cheese Spread
Once again i am going to be reviewing another tesco value product, if you have not guessed already i am starting to become slightly hooked on these products as they are soooo cheap and the majority of them are actually really great products so i thought it was time for the soft cheese to get reviewed!
Firstly the packaging. Now i know that the tesco value rang packaging is pretty bland and ugly and cheap looking however this one does seem to be one of the worst. Its a small white tube with a foil lid displaying all of the tesco value product colours (red, white and blue) plus the logo. Most tesco value products now have a little picture of the product on them which makes them looks lightly better, this one defiantly needs that
The cheese spread itself self though is great, tastes very cheesy and does not seem to heavy on your stomach, its similar to philladelphia however the cheese taste coming from this is a little stronger and more distinctive.
Defiantly worth a try on your next trip around tesco
The Tesco value soft cheese is a cheese I have bought recently to give it a try.
I have been trying out some of the Tesco value products in my local Tesco to see if I can save some money on my weekly shop. Some of the value products are good and some are terrible. This soft cheese was a good one.
The package is made of plastic and is a plain white colour so it does not stand out in the supermarket and it is not a very nice looking package. There is a blue stripe down the pack and the Tesco value logo is on the package to.
The cheese tub is a 200g size and this cost me around 50 pence which is about half the price of the soft cheese I would usually buy so I was pleased at this low price.
The cheese looks a bit watery to begin with but sometimes soft cheese does look like this and it does not put me off. I spread the cheese on some toast and it spread nicely and was not to thick.
The taste is nice and it tastes to me just like any other type of soft cheese and it had a nice flavor to it. I would buy it again and I think that if you gave the cheese to somebody else they would not be able to tell that it was a value product.
The only bad point is that it didn't keep to long after I had opened the pack and this is not usually a problem when I have a tub of soft cheese in my fridge so this put me of a little.
I would suggest giving it a try if you like soft cheese and I will be buying it again because I liked it a lot and am not put off by the cheap packaging.