“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cheeses „
Mmmmm cheese :-) I love mild cheeses, including smoked cheese despite friends' assertions that the processing and smoking makes it more akin to rubber than actual cheese - surely that's the point?! I also have a tendency to leave making my packed lunch to the last minute - so these were well worth a try.
The slices are just the right size for a "normal" bread roll, so no mucking about cutting. They're a pain in the neck for sandwiches though - round cheese on square bread just doesn't work if you're finicky about the filling going to the edge of the bread.
The bad news is that the slices have a brown plasticky coating around the circumference. It seems to be edible, but it is really not very nice and I dread to think what it's made of, so you really need to take this off, which is very fiddly. If the cheese is at room temperature then the coating peels off fairly easily, but if it's just out of the fridge (which it probably is if you're filling rolls with it) then it disintegrates so I ended up trimming it with a knife. At that point I might as well have sliced proper cheese.
On the plus side, if you've had Austrian or Bavarian smoked cheese which comes in those little plastic sausage shapes, you'll know what a pain it is to slice because it's so soft and elastic that it deforms long before it cuts. There is none of that problem with these slices which does make life easier. The cheese in the slices is slightly less elastic than the "normal" smoked cheese so it is a bit less squishy and more chewy. Whether this is a good thing depends on your personal taste.
The controlled portion size is also useful if you're trying to keep an eye on your calories - it's amazing how much cheese you can cram into a cheese roll if you're not careful, or is that just me?? However, for the lazy dieter like me having ready sliced cheese in the fridge is just that little bit too easy. Oh well, it's not as bad as having a biscuit!
* A pack of 8 slices costs £1.78 at the time of writing, so about 22p per slice.
* Each slice (22.5g) provides 67 calories, 5.2g of fat (3.6g saturated fats) and 0.2g of sodium. This is slightly less calories and fat than the red leicester I usually buy.
So overall, if you aren't horrified at the very idea of buying pre-sliced cheese (one of the ultimate lazy options) then these provide that junk food, rubbery, processed cheese hit without the Krypton Factor challenge of getting into the plastic wrap on more traditional smoked cheese. Ideal for tipsy or lazy people, or maybe kids (I know I used to love this stuff). I just wish they didn't have the plastic coating.
I made the mistake of going to the 24 hour Tesco after a load of drinks the other night and brought in shedloads of stuff that I usually wouldn't buy and even a few bits that I don't like and wouldn't eat in a million years! lol
I'm glad I brought these Smoked Cheese Slices though because they're yummy and a perfect fit for a bread roll!
It's processed smoked cheese so has got that rubbery feel as you chew it, no different to Edam really though and I love the way it melts in your mouth as you chew it. It doesn't taste processed to me at all and even though you can tell it's not cheddar or anything like that it's not rank processed cheese like some you can buy.
The flavour is wicked, it's rich and smokey but isn't overdone like some smoked cheeses. I can't stop eating these slices, well I can actually because they've all gone now and I've got to get some more tomorrow! lol
Like I said these are wicked for putting into a bread roll, I hate cutting a square slice of cheese and having it hang off the edge of the bread but these just slot in nice and they're quite thick so you get a lovely mouth full of cheese with every bite.
The cheese is also very creamy and I was shocked about that the first time I had a slice because it feels quite dry when you touch it with your fingers. You get 8 slices of cheese for £1.68 and I think that's pretty good value for money because the slices are thick so you only need 1 per bread roll, actually I can't think what else they'd be useful for because they're totally the wrong shape for proper slices of bread!
Each cheese slice has got 67 calories in it and that's not bad as long as you can stick at just one... I can't very often so I bet my calorie intake has gone up big time since I brought them! lol
Recommended.... and not just when you visit Tesco drunk!!!