“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Cheese Spread „
Whilst I'm not the most diet-conscious girl out there, I do occasionally spare a thought for my arteries, and try to go easy on them wherever possible. The problem is, I love my food and often find that low fat versions compromise on taste or texture. In Sainsburys the other week, I found this soft cheese which sounded like a happy medium- less calorific than the normal version, but not quite as saintly as the healthy one. It was also relatively inexpensive at about 80p for 200g.
It comes in a standard soft cheese tub- 'widely recycled' plastic, with a foil covering. It also has a plastic lid which comes in handy for keeping it sealed in the fridge (which you can do for 3 days after opening). The packaging tells you more about the cheese's nutritional credentials- a 30g serving contains 47kcal, 0.18g salt and 3.4g fat, which is a substantial 30% less than Sainsbury's standard soft cheese.
Appearance wise, this cheese looks exactly as you'd expect- thick, white and creamy. I was glad to see that it didn't have any of the watery residue around it that I've noticed on some cheaper brands, but was rather thick and firm.
As for the taste, I was very pleased with this- it was easily as nice as the more expensive brands of soft cheese. Despite containing less fat, it was every bit as rich and creamy in taste as I'd hoped for, and had a mild, cheesey tang that stopped it from being bland and boring. I really enjoyed eating this on bread (the only problem being that it was quite moreish!) and it also gave a lovely creaminess to a spaghetti carbonara I made. I really wouldn't have guessed from the taste and texture of this cheese that it was any different from its full fat counterparts.
So I was left very satisfied with this product, and hopefully it's made my arteries slightly happier too. I'll certainly be buying it again- it's a rare thing to find a lower fat product that doesn't taste worse for it, so when I do, I stick with it! And it's also good to know that you don't have to splash out on a more expensive brand to get great taste. 5 stars!