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McLelland Seriously Strong Mature Cheddar

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Brand: McLelland / Type: Cheeses

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      20.01.2012 03:57
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      A wonderfully versatile, mouth watering cheese. Will compliment an array of foods.

      Reason For Purchase ~ 'If I had to give up cheese or chocolate, I'd give up chocolate in a heartbeat'

      Simply because I adore cheese, strong cheese at that! I'm not alone in relishing this wonderful product :~) According to DairyCo, 'a levy-funded, not-for-profit organisation working on behalf of Britain's dairy farmers', cheese 'sales for the 52 weeks ending 02 October 2011, when compared with the previous year, total cheese expenditure has increased by 5.2% to£2.56billion'!

      The Product ~ "Never commit yourself to a cheese without having first examined it." T.S. Eliot

      The cheddar comes in cheerful packaging. With a bright red rosette, indicating it is an 'Award Winning Cheddar', within this prise badge are the words 'Seriously Strong Cheddar Cheese' in big bold caps, almost like a warning! :~) Its sturdy plastic wrap ensures the cheese is kept fresh and full of flavour. This product is noted as suitable for vegetarians and a great source of calcium. The allergy Information clarifies that the product contains cow's milk.

      As a point of interest, the Tesco online grocery site notes the following nutritional values:

      Typical Values Typical values per 100g: -
      Energy: 1700kJ/410kcal -
      Protein: 25.0g -
      Carbohydrate: 0.1g -
      (of which sugars 0.1g) -
      Fat: 34.4g -
      (of which saturates 21.7g) -
      Fibre: 0g -
      Sodium: 0.7g -
      Calcium: 740mg (92% RDA*)

      Pretty high energy and fat values eh? :~{ To store, the cheddar must be kept refrigerated to ensure its freshness. The manufacturers also recommend serving the cheese at room temperature.

      My Usage Experience ~ "Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon, or good people and noble ventures".

      I must admit that I'm not a fan of the smell of the cheddar but then that is the same for most cheddar cheeses for me. The texture is firm but pliable. The surface is smooth with a delightful pale Cadmium Yellow, a soft gold. The cheese grates very easily on certain shredder widths.

      I use a box grater with four sides to choose from. For preparing the cheese for toppings like pasta, I like to use the standard size, situated to the front of the tool, measuring a quarter of an inch hole. I love using this as it provides gorgeous coarse shreds from the cheese. When placed on top of the prepared dish of pasta, potatoes or cauliflower cheese, it seeps into the toppings quickly under a medium grill. The golden glow it leaves is like a sumptuous glistening blanket spread evenly over the surface. The taste enhances the blandest of toppings. In fact, I often leave out seasonings on the toppings if I'm using this cheese, it simply doesn't need anything extra. The resulting taste from grilling these shreds of cheese is so scrumptious, succulent with a little kick from it's tangy overtones.

      When it comes to crackers, I use the slicer side, four 1 ½ inch horizontal slots. Slicing the cheese on this side takes a little more effort and I need to hold the block firmly to prevent the cheese from breaking off in cubes. The thin slices layered on the cracker surfaces give a more subtle taste, though the savoury tang is still noticeable. Oh and don't forget the wine, this cheese really is a great companion with a glass...or two! :~)

      Using the smallest grating side provides very fine shreds of cheese, perfect for entertaining as savoury nibbles with snack foods. But wow, this is hard work using the cheddar on such a fine grater. I haven't yet managed to grate the cheese on this section without portions breaking off! But, despite this inconvenience, the effort is well worth it as the very fine shreds look a lovely pale yellow, complementing many snack dishes. The taste is far more subtle and disolves on the tongue with creamy and mellow.

      If I had to mention a fault, I'd say that for cheddar it doesn't grill well on toast. The cheese doesn't blend down on the toast blanketing the slices, but rather produces a coating in the surface nearer the heat much like the topping on custard when left to cool. Despite this, the taste is flavoursome but the texture has changed to the extent that the taste seems to be effected to be quite mediocre, so different than making a sandwich from the product.

      And this is my favourite way of consuming the cheese. For me, it taste at its very best when consumed as a sandwich using crusty bread, thin slices of cucumber and cherry tomatoes. The strength of the pungent sharp and tangy taste combined with the smooth overall appetizing flavour is mouth watering. I adore cheese on toast but this is more suitable as a shredded topping or sliced within a sandwich. Mind you, pineapple and this cheese cubes is amazing :~)

      Recommend? ~ The 'Big Cheese'!

      Definitely. This is a tremendously versatile cheese that gives a gentle kick on the taste buds that leave one quoting from the Pringle ads, "once you pop you can't stop"! :~) A wonderfully versatile, mouth watering cheese. Will compliment an array of foods but struggles under the grill when it comes to toast! But the pluses to this product outweighs its very few negatives :~)

      The Mclellands Seriously Strong Cheddar White 200G is currently available online and in store from Tesco's for £2.28. But this cheese is available in most leading stores, and often on offer.

      Please note: I do not correct quotes! :~)
      Thank you for reading my review, I hope it has been beneficial :~)

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        30.04.2011 17:26
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        One of the better mature cheddars but not my favourite

        Cheese is one of my favourite indulgences and over the years I have tried out most of them. For an everyday versatile cheese, like hundreds of thousands of others around the country, we settle on cheddar and have a tendency to buy whatever is on offer at the time.

        There is intense competition in the hard cheese market in the UK - on cheddar in particular so there's always something of a bargain to be had. This was the case recently in Sainsbury's where I bought a 400g wrapped block for only £2. I never pay more than this.

        My preferred branded cheddar is Pilgrim, but this one comes close taste wise. Nice and creamy and of a decent quality. Where it fails for me is in the texture. Although it could reasonably be argued that it is more natural, it doesn't hold together well as a cheese and has a tendency to fall apart on slicing. This is a minor annoyance and not enough to stop me buying it when on offer, but I don't like having to fill in the jigsaw gaps on my bread to make up a full covering of cheese for my sandwich.

        The makers of Seriously Strong cheddar are McLelland, who have obtained a trademark on the word "Seriously" and the phrase "It's all about the taste". Presumably this means that I couldn't bring out a competing cheese called Seriously Stronger or Seriously Crap without infringing copyright law. Well, I'll bear that in mind.

        Every 100g of this cheese will provide 410 calories, so rather than hack off great chunks of this, it's a good idea to use a grater or, as I do, a potato peeler to yield nice thin slivers. You can always make up the weight with a bit of pickle.

        One downside to this cheese is referenced on the pack. They say "Cheese may have a white coating and contain small white crystals of Calcium Lactate. These are produced naturally as part of the maturation process and are typically found in the best quality extra mature cheddar"......... I'll just translate that for you...... "We can't get rid of this white slimy stuff so we'll just tell you that it's natural in the hope that you'll swallow it."

        My wife is put off by this and for the same reason won't touch blue cheeses. She conveniently forgets that cheese is a living thing and if I were ever to show her some under a microscope, I'd get all the cheese to myself!

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          07.01.2011 16:37
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          Lovely cheese

          This is a cheese that often turns up in our fridge. Any regular readers of my reviews will know I am a lover of cheese and therefore we get through quite a lot of it. Cheddar is my favourite cheese and where cheddar is concerned I always think the stronger the better!

          The cheese can be found in all of the large supermarkets, we usually buy it when its on offer such as buy one get one free, otherwise it can be very expensive. It costs around £1.99 for 200g or £3.89 for 400g. You can also get it in a spreadable variety which is very nice. So far we have only tried the white cheddar as that is all I have seen however looking at the picture above I can see there are other varieties available so may have to track that down!

          So the cheese looks just like you can see above. It is a creamy colour and very crumbly! Cutting the cheese is easy and I find that although it is crumbly, it doesn't crumble to pieces when you try cutting it.

          The cheese tastes lovely. It is very creamy and has a really nice strong cheddar kick to it. It is very moreish and I always find myself wanting more! I use this a lot of the time when I am cooking and I find it really brings a nice flavour to the dish. When melted it gives a lovely kick to the meal.

          Per 100g (a quarter of a large block - far more than most people eat in one sitting!) the cheese contains 410 calories, 0.1g sugars, 34.4g fat, 21.7g saturates and 0.7g sodium. This is average for a cheddar.

          I really love this cheese and will continue to buy it, it has a lovely strong flavour and when bought on offer provides good value for money.

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            03.03.2010 17:03
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            For cheese lovers it's a must have.

            Seriously Strong cheddar is just that.

            This is by far one of the best mainstream mature cheddars available. It is very often on offer at the supermarket but if not it costs around £3.50 for 400g, which is quite expensive compared to other cheeses available but is well worth it.

            The taste of this cheese is amazing, and strong. So many mature cheddars aren't that strong but this one really is.

            It's one of those cheeses that will make the back of your teeth tingle (not in an unpleasant way). The taste is extremely cheesy but also quite creamy.

            For cheese sauces to make cauliflower cheese and similar items it's brilliant, because you don't have to use as much to give it a lovely cheesy flavour. It is particularly good for cheese on toast, or just with some crackers as a snack.

            It has a great texture too, it's a bit crumbly but not so much so that it just falls to pieces when you try and cut it.

            If you don't mind paying the price for this cheese it's really worth it, the flavour is so much more intense, but if you don't like strong cheese, this is definitely one to stay away from.

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