Product Type: Weight Watchers Cheese
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Weight Watchers Grated Mature Cheddar Cheese
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Weight Watchers Grated Mature Cheddar Cheese
Advantages: Delicious creamy taste, equally good cold or cooked, low fat
Disadvantages: More of a mild cheese than mature
We all know cheese is a high fat food, but we also know that cheese is good for us so when dieting it's often a dilemma as to whether to cut cheese from our diet completely as it's hard to fit it into a calorie controlled eating plan.
I do like a nice cheese board for special occasions but am not really one for grabbing a chunk of cheese from the fridge, so when I realised that a few recipes I had planned required grated cheese I hit the supermarket with a view to finding a convenient and tasty lower fat cheese. As I am following the Weight Watchers plan I was drawn to bags of their grated mature cheese which was reasonably priced at £1.99 for a 200g bag, I won't usually purchase grated cheese as I find supermarkets tend to charge a premium for the privilege of not having to use your own grater but this was on a par with similar sized blocks of cheese.
That day I needed cheese for cheese scones, welsh rarebit for my granddaughter and I was also having a baked potato for my tea which I thought would benefit from a sprinkling of cheese. I can honestly say this cheese surpassed all expectations, I've used low fat cheese before and have never been completely impressed with any of the brands but this Weight Watchers version was both versatile and beautifully flavoured.
The cheese is grated into larger bits than I would use at home, but this is not a problem at all and really there isn't anything I could do about this so I didn't dwell on it. It just meant that the cheese didn't melt particularly well on my jacket potato, but then I like my cheese to retain a bit of shape when eating it like this so this didn't bother me one little bit.
When eaten on it's own I found the flavour to be more on the mild side than mature, it has a delicate flavour which lends itself well to most foods but can be a little bland tasting if you're eating it on a sandwich. It's a nicely rounded flavour, but just be aware that it's not as strong tasting as cheeses such as Cathedral City or Pilgrims Choice.
The cheese is beautifully creamy and has a very vague hint of nuttiness as a lot of cheeses do, it doesn't taste like a low fat version at all and I think you could get away with serving it to anyone without them realising you're putting them on a diet!
For use in cooking this Weight Watchers cheese is perfect, it's meant that I could adapt lots of my favourite recipes to fit in with my eating plan although the gentle flavour sometimes means the overall taste of the dish is changed completely. It melts well and produces a typical cheese consistency, it also blends nicely with skimmed milk and a few herbs for a tasty cheese sauce although again be sparing with the herbs as they can easily overwhelm the flavour of the cheese.
Each 30g portion contains 1 1/2 Weight Watchers points, which equates to 64 calories and 3g of fat. Now, 30g isn't a lot of cheese at all and I think this amount isn't really enough for an enjoyable cheese sandwich but as I said it's ideal for recipes which need to include cheese as generally recipes will call for 50g of mature cheese (when cooking for one) but I just add 60g to make up for the mild flavour and count this as 3 points.
The packet the cheese comes in is resealable which is very convenient, although do make sure to rip the bag in the correct place when you first open it otherwise the resealable aspect of it will not work properly and your cheese will not keep well. I tend to put mine in an air tight container and this means the cheese will keep well for just over a week, you'll be able to tell when it's past its best anyway because the grated pieces go a little hard.
Well, I'm off for cheese on toast now but hopefully I've convinced some of you to make the switch to this healthier and very tasty brand of cheese.
Summary: A tasty ingredient to keep in your fridge.
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