“ Brand: Arla / Type: Cheese „
Lactofree's soft cheese was a much welcomed find!
I am lactose intolerant and found it really difficult to find products to substitute the real thing. Lactofree soft cheese is amazing! I have done many taste tests on unsuspecting victims and none of have them have been able to tell it's not the real deal! It tastes exactly like the big brand soft cheese but it's actually better for you, it's even healthier than many of the low fat varieties! And it is cheaper (in most supermarkets).
It is still made from cows milk so the taste it still there, they just take the lactose out which is the baddy that makes me ill! They say that it is 99.9% lactose free which is really great news.
You can do everything you would do with normal soft cheese and it will taste exactly the same... I use it all the time in cooking as well as on toast and it really is brilliant.. The only problem is I probably eat far too much of the stuff!
If you're lactose intolerant and miss soft cheese this is definitely going to cheer you up! Or even if you're not intolerant and you just want a slightly healthier alternative this is the soft cheese for you! And that's enough cheese from me... :o)
**What is it?**
Lactofree is a soft cheese that is said to be 99.9% lactose free, the sugar in milk that causes allergic reactions in many lactose intolerant people, including myself.
It is very new and hence very hard to find, I am lucky enough to have my local supermarket stock it - sometimes.
**How does it work?**
The milk is filtered first to remove half the lactose and then lactase - the enzyme which breaks up the lactose sugar, is added to make the lactose simpler and easier to digest.
**How does it taste**
I was tempted to try this after I saw it on the shelf, but I was worried it wouldn't be too nice. I was pleasantly surprised, it tastes creamy, and slightly tangy as soft cheese should. It doesn't taste any different than 'normal' soft cheese, but I'm not a fan of soft cheese anyway, I prefer hard cheese, which is also nice. If you like soft cheese, then you wont be dissapointed. Although it carries a steep price tag and is very hard to find.
**Does it work**
In small amounts I can stomach this soft cheese, in larger amounts it can make me ill, but you couldn't eat too much of it anyway as it is very rich and creamy.
If you can afford it AND you can find it, then go for it, you may have to look high and low for lactofree products (especially the yoghurts) but when you find them, they really are worth the effort and price.
Lactofree Soft White Cheese is pretty much normal soft white cheese but without the lactose that irritates us lactose intolerant people.
Preferring rice milk, I've not yet been tempted by Lactofree milk, but was recently tempted by their semi hard cheese (which I have already reviewed ). It was so nice to be able to eat cheese again without the after effects. So when I heard that Lactofree (Arla) were doing a soft white cheese I wanted to try it. The only problem was that none of the local shops and supermarkets were selling it.
The Lactofree website has a Stockist search so you can find who stocks what Lactofree products near where you live. Unfortunately, my nearest stockist of Lactofree Soft White Cheese is Sainsbury's in Shrewsbury - roughly a 33 mile drive away.
So on a shopping trip to Shrewsbury I decided to search Sainsbury's for this soft white cheese. As soon as I found it, I picked up a couple of tubs of it, after all it's a long journey just to have to go back for some more. What with the Lactofree Semi Hard Cheese tasting pretty much like normal cheddar cheese, I was confident that Lactofree Soft White Cheese was going to be just as nice.
Was I right?
Yes, I was! I opened the tub (a plastic tub with a foil seal and a plastic lid on top) and was greeted by a soft white cheese that looked a lot like Philadelphia's soft white cheese.
Dipping in a knife and spreading the cheese on top of a Rivita, the texture was soft and smooth. I like to spread it on quite thickly (otherwise a Rivita is a bit like crunchy cardboard!). Biting into it was heavenly, a bit like those Philadelphia adverts! Except this wasn't Philadelphia, it's a lactose-free version by Arla (under the Lactofree brand). I must admit that it's been a long time since I've actually tasted Philadelphia, but from memory I don't think I'd have been able to tell the difference between it and this Lactofree Soft White Cheese had I not opened the tub myself.
Lactofree Soft White Cheese is delicious and you can use it just like you'd use a cheese spread like Philadelphia... on bread, crackers, Rivitas, whatever you like. It's just a shame that I have to make a special trip to Sainsbury's to buy it!
Lactose intolerance people no longer have to miss out on soft white cheese.
RRP £1.34 and found in Sainsbury's.
Lactose free cheese