Weight Watchers Grated Mature Cheddar - I have tried this cheese on two occassions and have found it to be very good even though I do not go to weightwatchers and don't have a problem with excess weight. I was attracted to this Mature Cheddar because it is 95% fat free and also it is mature cheese which my family always prefer - it gives a smoother and stronger taste when cooking with it. I also like the fact this cheese is grated - sure all working mums will agree, it saves so much time not having to grate it and also you can reseal the pack and keep the rest for another time. There is not really anything I dislike about this cheese, I will say you can buy cheaper shop own brand grated cheese but I have yet to find one that is 95% fat free. Also is you buy ungrated fat free cheese then I often find it hard to grate as it can be a bit crumbly. So for an almost fat free pre-grated cheese then it is worth giving this a try.
I eat loads of cheese and know it's not good for me so I've started replacing some of it with low fat cheese, last week I got a bag of Weight Watchers grated cheese to try because I've eaten a bit of their stuff lately and have been happy with it all. It's mature cheese and it's not that bad but it's not a very good cheese. I think it's a good cheese if you're dieting because then you can't eat full fat cheese but I'd rather stick to Cathedral City and stuff the calories and cholestrol! It's grated into quite big bits and is dead rubbery looking but when you touch it it's dry and a bit dusty feeling. It's not very versatile either because it's got a proper funny bland taste and its not a good mature flavour, I think it's more like mild cheese and because it's so dry the cheese is no good on a sandwich. It doesn't melt very good either and stays in grated pieces and doesn't melt together properly so you can't use it on cheese on toast or on top of a pizza like you can normal cheddar cheese. The only thing I liked it in was mixed in with cooked baked potato and then put back in the oven for a bit because the cheese melted into little lumps in with the potato and it was proper tasty. I put some in a breville for my sister and she didn't notice the difference with beans and bbq sauce in the sandwich with it but when I gave her a bit with a salad she said it was nice but tasted funny, I've brought her up because she's proper greedy and eats so fast that she doesn't taste what she's eating so for her to mention the taste in the first place shows it's not the best! The cheese doesn't keep very well either even when you put the bag inside an airtight container and because there was only me eating it half the bag got wasted because the cheese had started going hard and I knew it wouldn't be any good by then. Like I said if you're on a diet and craving cheese then you can probably do something clever with this one but for the averge cheese user like me it's not worth the money.
I've been on the WeightWatcher diet for coming up to two months now, and the number one thing I have missed more than anything was cheese! I used to eat a lot of cheddar, sandwiches filled with delicious wedges of creamy cheese, and it'd go into my cooking on a regular basis as well, we love cheese and potatoe pie in this house! So it was incredibly difficult realising that just 10g of cheddar would cost me one of my daily points, 10g is hardly anything at all! Then whilst taking my Nanny shopping in Morrisons (I don't usually shop there myself) I discovered this little gem, it's grated and comes in a resealable packet, and 30g is just 1.5points, half the points value of normal cheese. As to taste, well it's not Cathedral City (my personal fave!), but it is still creamy and tasty and went down very well with WeightWatchers Pitta Bread and a salad for my dinner. I gave some of it to the entire family and they all ate it without complaint (except for the youngest who threw his tomatoes back at me, but that's a whole other thing!). All in all I would say that it is definitely a keeper and will be worming it's way into my fridge again in the future. It cost me almost £2 for 200g, but that lasts a while when you portion it out correctly, and to be able to eat cheese again I would certainly say it is worth it!
We all know cheese is a high fat food, but we also know that cheese is good for us so when dieting it's often a dilemma as to whether to cut cheese from our diet completely as it's hard to fit it into a calorie controlled eating plan. I do like a nice cheese board for special occasions but am not really one for grabbing a chunk of cheese from the fridge, so when I realised that a few recipes I had planned required grated cheese I hit the supermarket with a view to finding a convenient and tasty lower fat cheese. As I am following the Weight Watchers plan I was drawn to bags of their grated mature cheese which was reasonably priced at £1.99 for a 200g bag, I won't usually purchase grated cheese as I find supermarkets tend to charge a premium for the privilege of not having to use your own grater but this was on a par with similar sized blocks of cheese. That day I needed cheese for cheese scones, welsh rarebit for my granddaughter and I was also having a baked potato for my tea which I thought would benefit from a sprinkling of cheese. I can honestly say this cheese surpassed all expectations, I've used low fat cheese before and have never been completely impressed with any of the brands but this Weight Watchers version was both versatile and beautifully flavoured. The cheese is grated into larger bits than I would use at home, but this is not a problem at all and really there isn't anything I could do about this so I didn't dwell on it. It just meant that the cheese didn't melt particularly well on my jacket potato, but then I like my cheese to retain a bit of shape when eating it like this so this didn't bother me one little bit. When eaten on it's own I found the flavour to be more on the mild side than mature, it has a delicate flavour which lends itself well to most foods but can be a little bland tasting if you're eating it on a sandwich. It's a nicely rounded flavour, but just be aware that it's not as strong tasting as cheeses such as Cathedral City or Pilgrims Choice. The cheese is beautifully creamy and has a very vague hint of nuttiness as a lot of cheeses do, it doesn't taste like a low fat version at all and I think you could get away with serving it to anyone without them realising you're putting them on a diet! For use in cooking this Weight Watchers cheese is perfect, it's meant that I could adapt lots of my favourite recipes to fit in with my eating plan although the gentle flavour sometimes means the overall taste of the dish is changed completely. It melts well and produces a typical cheese consistency, it also blends nicely with skimmed milk and a few herbs for a tasty cheese sauce although again be sparing with the herbs as they can easily overwhelm the flavour of the cheese. Each 30g portion contains 1 1/2 Weight Watchers points, which equates to 64 calories and 3g of fat. Now, 30g isn't a lot of cheese at all and I think this amount isn't really enough for an enjoyable cheese sandwich but as I said it's ideal for recipes which need to include cheese as generally recipes will call for 50g of mature cheese (when cooking for one) but I just add 60g to make up for the mild flavour and count this as 3 points. The packet the cheese comes in is resealable which is very convenient, although do make sure to rip the bag in the correct place when you first open it otherwise the resealable aspect of it will not work properly and your cheese will not keep well. I tend to put mine in an air tight container and this means the cheese will keep well for just over a week, you'll be able to tell when it's past its best anyway because the grated pieces go a little hard. Well, I'm off for cheese on toast now but hopefully I've convinced some of you to make the switch to this healthier and very tasty brand of cheese.