“ Brand: Kerry / Type: Cheeses „
One of my favourite eats with the exception of chocolate is cheese. I like it in a sandwich, I like on toast, I love it on crackers.................yeah you get the idea I pretty much adore the stuff. My usual brand is Cathedral City or any other strong cheddar, most often it is usually the one on special offer and in general that is Cathedral City. However this week there was a real special offer on in ASDA and it was cheese, it was cheddar, and it was mature............deal struck.
Kerry Mature Low Low
Most will have heard of Kerry, since according to the advertisements their cows are treated way better than others and that is why their dairy products taste creamier than others, yeah whateva. I had tried their butter and found it pleasing if a little expensive, so when I saw their Mature Low Low cheddar on offer for £1 in ASDA on Saturday I just had to try it, and I'm pretty glad I did.
It's certainly not the most mature tasting mature cheddar I have had but it was comparative to some of the lesser brands. I didn't find it as stimulating a Cathedral City, not in fact ASDA's own mature cheddar, but it was significantly cheaper. The main benefits of this over other similar products is that this is low low in fat, and the missing fat is perhaps it's downfall, since there is a rather large drop in flavour once this has been removed. Allowing for this though it is a rather pleasing cheese as was the butter. It makes a more than adequate cheese sandwich and it melts quite well for the delicious old cheese on toast, although it does take slightly longer to do so than the full fat stuff.
I can't see me sticking to this all the time, but in my occasional fads of eating healthy I will keep it in mind, it's a good enough cheese, but if proof were needed that full fat is better then this cheese might well be my case for the prosecution. I don't think however that I could fully justify a court case, it tasted good enough and it did what I wanted albeit with a bit less flavour than I was accustomed to.
I will buy this again when I once again go in a healthy eating fad, which is quite often these days, I think the guilt is setting in. I guess by the time I come to buy it again it will no longer be on offer, but I don't think that is the primary reason I bought it although it was obviously a factor. I bought it to sample different mature cheddar and I can't with hand on heart say I was disappointed, I enjoyed it and I will again.
Now the first thing you should know is i love my cheese, the stronger the better but as I am also a member a slimming world i have to watch the amount i eat, after reading that i can have more low fat cheese than regular cheese i was on a mission to find the tastiest one out there.
I bought it from Tesco as it was on offer at the time, quite distinguishable in the yellow and green packaging. I believe you can also buy it ready grated but i purchased it in a block.
I needed something to top my (healthy) lasagne so opened the packet which is resealable as many cheeses are nowadays to preserve freshness. Having tried many low fat cheeses before, in my experience they are often plasticy and dont melt at all well but i was very pleasantly surprised, it melted fabulously and still has a lovely strong cheddar taste to it, i would definitely recommend it as the tastiest low fat cheese i have tried so far, perfect for slimmers.
Firstly I would like to point out that my Kerry LowLow cheese comes in the grated form and not in a solid block of cheese as shown in the Dooyoo picture.
Always on the lookout for any type of low fat foods, be it yoghurts, cheese spreads, jams, ect... I was pleased when I spotted this in my local Morrisons on special offer at only £1.00 for a 200g bag. When opening the bag if you are careful you will then be able to reseal it again after you have used some.It can be a bit fiddly and not always seal up straight away, but it usually does in the end!.
Now I'm only interested in strong mature cheese, so I was a bit worried incase this was like some of the other ones I have purchased in the past, that call themselves mature, but just taste so bland and rubbery, but at only a £1.00 a bag there really isn't much to lose.
Coming in a cream and green plastic bag with a small clear window on the front so you can see the grated cheese inside, it was time to try!.
I always try to buy grated if I can, as I find that I have a lot less than if I was slicing it up myself (some for my sandwich some for me to try while making it!). It has a nice yellow colour to it and smells delicious. The cheese is grated in reasonable shreds not to thick (like some I've had from Tesco's in the past, almost bordering on chunks!).Now to taste, (the best part of this review!) this is a really nice cheese and is definitely mature, with a rich creamy taste. You will not need to much of this to put on a jacket potato, as the taste is quite strong.
So at last it seems that someone has finally come up with a decent cheddar that is low in fat. A 30g serving contains;
This cheese is obviously made from pasteurised cows milk and contains no artificial colours or preservatives. Also gluten free. Once opened this bag of grated cheese is best eaten within 3 days of opening. So I will be buying this again as it is great for putting on Jacket Spud, as well as a sprinkle on top of a Shephards Pie or on some nice crackers. Grated cheese is so versatile and being low fat you don't feel guilty when having a small amount.
Worth buying if trying to cut back on calories, but still fancy a nice treat from time to time!
For a long time, I was afraid to buy a block of low-fat cheddar. I had tasted some years ago at my friend's house, and although I don't remember what brand it was, I do recall that it tasted bland and unpleasant and I had no wish to eat any more of it. However, I recently saw this Kerry LowLow in the cheese section at Tesco. Because I do like Kerry and because of my desire to lose a few pounds, I decided to be brave and give it a go. I'm glad I did.
Kerry LowLow is a mature cheddar that contains 1/3 less fat than regular cheddar. It's suitable for vegetarians (meaning that they don't use rennet to process it) and it's gluten-free. It comes in a distinctive green and off-white package that's very cheery looking, which helps me not to feel deprived that I've got a diet cheese! And it only has 90 calories per 30 gram serving.
The taste of this cheese is absolutely indistinguishable, to me, from regular full-fat mature cheddar. It's packed full of flavour and nice and sharp the way mature cheddar should be. Because of the strong taste you really don't miss any of the creaminess that additional fat would bring - it's just not necessary here.
Although I originally bought this cheese for cooking, I find it's absolutely acceptable on its own with some oat cakes (and maybe a bit of butter, although this kind of defeats the purpose of low-fat cheese!). In terms of cooking with it, again, it is indistinguishable from full-fat cheese. It makes luscious cheese on toast and is also perfect in macaroni and cheese.
One of my favourite quick lunches is quesadillas made with this cheese. You simply take a tortilla, grate some cheese onto it, and then add any other toppings you like such as jalapenos, chopped tomatoes, or some lightly fried mushrooms and/or spinach. You can also spoon some refried beans on there if you like. Then put another tortilla on top and place in a dry frying pan (no need for oil) over medium heat. Brown on both sides and serve with some low-fat Greek yoghurt or creme fraiche and, if you like, some salsa or hot sauce. Delicious!
I'm afraid I can't recall the exact price of this cheese but I did notice that it was about the same price as regular name-brand cheddar. Also it comes in slices which would be more convenient than block cheese for sandwiches.
I'm so glad I got over my aversion for low fat cheese and gave this a try. Now I can enjoy all my favourite cheesy dishes with much less guilt. Highly recommended.