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My mum always used to make her own cheese sauce and it does taste fantastic but with the high cost of cheese at the moment then it is cheaper to buy a packet cheese sauce mix than to make it from scratch. It is also something that you can keep in the kitchen cupboard for whenever you need it. The best packet cheese sauce that I have found so far is the Colman's Four Cheese Sauce. The sauce contains a blend of Roquefort, Emmental, Mozzarella and Pecorino cheeses.
The four cheese sauce is currently priced at £0.69 per sachet in Tesco or on offer at the moment for 2 sachet for £1.00. I think this is pretty good value as you only need to add half a pint of milk to make the sauce.
The powered sauce mix comes in a plastic coated foil packet that you can simply tear open. On the front of the packet is a picture of a lovely pasta dish, obviously showing you one of the things you can use the sauce for. You can also find some basic nutritional information on the front of the packet. On the back are the full ingredients listings, full nutritional information, cooking instructions and a little recipe idea for potato and cheese gratin.
To cook the sauce:
1.Empty the contents of the sachet into a sauce pan. Measure half a pint of semi-skimmed milk.
2.Pour a little milk into the pan and mix. Stir in remaining milk and bring to the boil, stirring continuously.
3.Simmer for 2 minutes.
Now I have always found that they sauce does take a bit longer than 2 minutes simmering before it has thicken fully. Also you need to be really careful that you keep stirring the sauce to make sure that it does not go lumpy or stick to the bottom of the saucepan and burn.
Now no sauces are really that good for you and this one is the same but with four cheese's contained in it then I didnt expect it to be very low on the fat or calorie content. A 85ml prepared serving contains the following nutritional information:
Calories - 82
Sugars - 4.3g
Fat - 4.4g
Saturates - 2.8g
Salt - 0.65g
I have never used this sauce for anything other than a pouring sauce over fish, I love any sauces really but my husband only like cheese sauce. I did just use to buy the Colman's cheddar cheese sauce but once spotted this and decided to give it a try. The sauce is very tasty and is quite thick when made which I really like. You cannot pick out the taste of the individual cheeses it contains but the flavours seem to work together very well to give quite a strong cheesy taste but not one that is overpowering. Overall this makes a cheap and cheerful sauce to pour over a meal or to act as a base for a dish.
Very often I make up a cheese sauce for things like lasagna or to tip some over pasta and the likes and I always tend to stick to brands I am very aware of and if I spot Coleman's I will always opt for that.
However I always go for the normal cheese sauce option and so when I saw this four cheese sauce I couldn't wait to try it out just to taste the difference to the plainer one I usually get.
The mix comes in a dark blue plastic on the outside, foil on the inside large type of sachet with a photograph of a meal on the front of it using the sauce and we are told that it is Coleman's 'Of Norwich' Four Cheese Sauce Mix and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. On the back of the sachet other information listed includes being told how to make the sauce up and that it can serve 4 people, ingredients and allergy advice is given, there is a full nutritional chart stated as well as weight of the mix given which is 35g and contact details for Unilever are given (the manufacturer of the product). Nice enough, informative sachet this is.
The Mix Itself:
Well this mix is incredibly easy to make up and all you need to do is to blend the mix with 1/2 pint of semi skimmed milk (I use any milk I have in), whisk it up till its a light yellow liquid with no real visible lumps within it and then bring it to the boil and then simmer it for around 2 minutes in a saucepan till it thickens rather alot.
This thickens nicely but is still a pourable sauce and smells really cheesy too! With powder cheeses of dried roquefort, emmental, mozzarella and pecorino this is simply a very tangy, cheesy and well seasoned sauce and you get plenty of it too per sachet. Great popped over potatoes, makes a very nice cheese and potato gratin and is great over pasta with some sort of meat or whatever.... it is really easy to make a smooth pasta sauce from with no lumps at all, I like the consistency and the mingled flavours of the cheeses and they are are well blended together and it looks great too!
Nutritional Information per 85ml Prepared:
A great, versatile buy this is and its available in all good supermarkets etc priced at about 29p a sachet.