“ Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Cheese „
I always like some Greek feta cheese particularly in the summer it makes a nice snack with salad or on toast, I was fancying some all the way to Tesco but when I got there the shelf was bare so I asked an assistant if they had any in the stockroom. She told me no not until later that day but grabbed a packet of Tesco Value Salad Cheese and said why not try this it is just the same and half the price.
A quick look at the packet told me it was indeed half the price and was a semi hard Greek style salad cheese, so unable to get the real deal I thought I would give it a try.
Anybody who has had feta cheese before will know that it is very tangy salty and crumbles easily. Feta cheese is stored in the packet in brine to keep it moist, but when I opened the Tesco Value salad cheese there was no brine or any other liquid. I got it out of the packet and it looked like a solid block of cheese only pure white, the texture was not crumbly, it was not tangy or salty and the only resemblance I could find to Feta cheese was that it was white.
So what about if you had never had feta cheese so had nothing to compare it with and had just picked up to have with a salad? Well it was extremely dry, rubbery, and to be honest had no taste to it so it would probably be the most boring salad that you have ever had.
There is one slightly redeeming feature about this cheese and that is it is fairly low in calories and fat 37 calories, 1.3g fat and 0.9g of saturates per 30g serving. But then it could be argued if it tastes like nothing you might as well eat nothing and consume no calories at all.
Tesco value salad cheese is 77p per 200g pack, the cheese must be stored in the refrigerator and once opened consumed within 3 days.
While shopping in Tesco the other day, I decided to pick up some feta cheese (or it's equivalent, to be precise) - after all, it's nearly the summer and time to eat more healthily. On the shelf I spotted this Tesco Value Salad Cheese for only 77p - after checking it was suitable for vegetarians (as not all cheeses of this type are) it went in my basket, as I'm a student on a budget and need to save money where I can.
The cheese comes in standard Tesco Value packaging: white with a blue and red design. The packaging is basic but distinctive with a small picture of a salad on the front. The label states that there are 125 calories per 100g of cheese: as the pack is 200g and I use between 1/3 and ½ of a pack at a time, I think this is pretty good.
I opened the cheese yesterday to have with my salad for tea. On opening the pack I saw that it roughly resembled 'proper' feta, in that it was a white block, but unlike feta in that it was smooth instead of crumbly. The cheese was easy to cut and I was easily able to break a strip into cubes, so it is slightly more crumbly than it looks.
The other reviews of this product aren't very complimentary, but I'm going to differ and say that I actually quite liked it. The cheese is easy to eat, and is clearly less crumbly in texture than normal feta but definitely more crumbly than other kinds of cheese. The taste is slightly blander but it is quite salty - I see that as a good thing, and to be honest if you don't like salty cheese you're probably not a big fan of feta! If I was putting this cheese on crackers and wanting to savour it I might not like it so much, but in a salad with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar it really holds its own.
I like this cheese and would certainly consider buying it again. I definitely recommend trying it - after all, it's so cheap, what have you got to lose?
I had read about this cheese on the Money Saving Expert website as a good alternative to Feta, so I decided to give it a go as the reviews had been good - perhaps I should have checked the Dooyoo site first?!
I quite enjoy Greek salads and so I intended to cut this in to small chunks to add to my salad as I would do with regular Feta cheese.
Feta cheese is a salty, curd cheese which is made from sheep's milk and is absolutely lovely, especially with salads! Whilst the Tesco Value Salad Cheese doesn't claim to be a Feta cheese, it does say that it is a semi-hard cheese for a Greek style salad and so it does imply that it is a substitute for Feta!
So... the packaging is as you would expect with a Tesco Value product - simple white packaging, with blue stripes. The packet is very basic, and has just the name of the product and the nutritional values on the front.
I needed to use a sharp knife to open the packet, and once open, it is hard to contain! The cheese is bathed in a brine liquid to keep it moist, and so you then need to keep the cheese in the brine, but make sure it doesn't all tip out!
The cheese itself looks very unappetising - however, I don't think Feta is that attractive anyway. It is white and looks quite crumbly and looked quite shiny and wet. You get quite a good amount for the price you pay and if used in salads, as I have, it will go a long way.
I decided to taste the cheese before I put it with my salad, and so I cut a small slither of it from the edge. It was easy to cut and felt quite smooth, rather than crumbly which is how Feta should be.
I noticed straightaway how wet the cheese was, which pleased me, as I hate dry Feta cheese! I also noticed how salty it tasted - almost too salty, but I do like the saltiness!
The cheese was soft, but it just didn't have the right texture... but for some reason I found it quite moreish! So, I cut a few chunks and had it with my salad and actually found it to be quite a nice addition.
However, I think I will stick to normal Feta cheese next time and pay the extra 50p for the quality.
The nutritional values are good.... well, on the kcal front anyway. With 30g per serving this is a brilliant addition of flavour to a salad or however you may use it. The salt levels are high however.
The cheese cost 77p and I think this is probably what it is worth and it is worth paying a bit more for a bit better quality - however, I think it is worth a try as if you like it then it is great!
Tesco value salad cheese is the value version of feta, a brined curd cheese made of sheeps (and occasionally a little goats) milk. Feta is crumbly, salty and very moist, if you store it out of its brine solution it will dry quickly and loose its pleasurable texture. It has a rough surface and is hard to "slice" because it breaks apart easily. It's one of those foods that is so much more than mere taste alone. Does the value cheese live up to this?
It claims "A semi hard cheese for a Greek Style salad" and comes in thick plastic wrap that looks like any other value product. I bought this because it was half the price of my normal tesco feta, and that week I was looking to take care of the pennies, as they say. I had intended to use it in a cheese/salad wrap.
I opened the packaging with scissors, and before setting eyes on the cheese I was immediately disappointed. Why? There was no scent. Upon opening feta there is supposed to be a very strong salty cheese smell that makes your mouth water.
And then there was first contact...
Two things struck me on first sight. First the cheese was too smooth, there were no cracks or dents. Second...it was almost bone dry! Well I never...
So two out of four fails, smell and sight.
Before embarking on my wrap making I decided a taste test was in order, normally I am quickly slicing thick chunks off and sticking them in the pitta/flat bread (with a quick nibble of each slice to ensure quality...ha ha ha). I cut a small corner and chewed it. All I can say is it didn't make it to my stomach. The texture was rubbery, akin to a "cheesestring". And the taste...oh the taste. It was mild and unsalty and bland.
This cheese is a vast expanse of rubber. For 77p. Use it to fix bike punctures. Or to cushion your MP3 player...
Though it might save me from a feta induced waist line expansion....
© L Wade 2009 - submitted only on dooyoo.
As I am on a money saving misson, I bought this product to add to a greek salad on a recent trip to the supermarket. The packaging gives the impression that the quality of this product isnt going to be great, but I have had many of the basics products from Tesco and been happy with them so I though i'd give it a shot.
Well, when i opened it, the cheese looked like a block of plastic, it had no real texture either and when cut into chunks and added to the salad, it didnt really add anything that wasnt already there. It has quite a bland taste - it was defintely missing the creaminess of of more expensive fetas and didnt even have the saltiness of the cheaper ones. I would steer away from this, as it tasted of nothing - this was prooved by the fact that it stayed, uneaten in my fridge until it had gone off and was time to throw it out - somthing that never happens with feta in my home!