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Cheap brand Cheese's changed in last few months?

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Cheap brand Cheese's changed in last few months?

I buy the Tesco's own brand white cheddar, simply down to cost.  But since about march onwards I have noticed a change to it, it no longer Cooks as it used to.  When trying to melt the cheese it doesn't spread out as it used to, but stays in roughly the same shape as it was cut.  Same when trying to make a cheese sauce, there are usually lumps of cheese that are hard to melt
So question is are we now getting the American cheese?  Which they use for all toppings and suspect blocks of supposed cheddar, like we are now being forced into getting there version of chocolate after they bought out UK confectioners.
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Re: Cheap brand Cheese's changed in last few months?

Lately I've been buying the cheeses from the "99p Shop" which I found very good.
Red Leicester, Double Gloucester, and a very nice tangy Mature
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Re: Cheap brand Cheese's changed in last few months?

Write a letter to Tescos Buying Manager, and voice your concerns, see what he / she says
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Re: Cheap brand Cheese's changed in last few months?

If it's Tesco own brand what has that got to do with America?  I guess you are referring to Kraft but what makes you think this is the source of Tesco cheese? I believe to call a cheese cheddar it has to be made in the region Undecided
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Re: Cheap brand Cheese's changed in last few months?

Unfortunately Chedder  Cheese is not regionally protected
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheddar_cheese
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Cheddar cheese is a relatively hard, yellow to off-white, and sometimes sharp-tasting cheese, produced in several countries around the world. It has its origins in the English village of Cheddar in Somerset.[1]
It is the most popular cheese in the United Kingdom, accounting for 51 percent of the country's £1.9 billion annual cheese market,[2] and the second most popular cheese in the United States, behind Mozzarella, with an average annual consumption of 10 lb (4.5 kg) per capita.[3] The United States produced 1,616,690 tons of it in 2010,[4] and the UK 258,000 tons in 2008.[5] The name "Cheddar cheese" is widely used and has no Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) within the European Union, but only Cheddar produced from local milk within four counties of South West England may use the name "West Country Farmhouse Cheddar."[6]
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Re: Cheap brand Cheese's changed in last few months?

For cheese on toast:-
"Mild" or low fat cheddar won't work - it just lies there.
Medium, strong or "farmhouse" cheddar will melt properly.
The cheaper Mild cheddar is O.K. for making quiches etc...

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Re: Cheap brand Cheese's changed in last few months?

Tesco list includes  ((think 51 varieties)
Canadian Cheddar
Lake District Cheddar
Taw Valley  - Devon
Cathedral City - Telford
fust MU ilicious Exclusively sourced from the UK and Ireland
Davistow - Cornwall
Pilgrims choice could be Somerset
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Today, we have joined forces with Lactalis, who have brought their expertise and know-how as Europe’s leading dairy manufacturer. Our company is now known as Lactalis McLelland and we are one of Britain’s largest producers of cheddar cheese. We remain in Glasgow and with our leading brands, we continue to offer the highest quality cheese through all of Britain’s major retailers

Several Farmhouse - come from Cheddar
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Re: Cheap brand Cheese's changed in last few months?

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For cheese on toast:-
"Mild" or low fat cheddar won't work - it just lies there.

If you want a real surprise try Sainsbury's low fat (Good for you?) cheddar on toast under a grill.  Cry
It doesn't melt, generates a burnt crust, catches fire if you're not careful and produces the most awful smell that lingers for hours.  Crazy
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Re: Cheap brand Cheese's changed in last few months?

An interesting linky PP.... strange how Tesco manage to "confuse" the customer still,.... although complying with the law.....
Viz..... some "comparison" price/weights are listed in /kg and others listed in /gram, ensuring the average (?) housewife/shopper has to carry a calculator to compare the "actual" value per pack.
(Yes, PP, there are some who do it mentally  Roll eyes.
... but it is supposed to be information that the customer can "readily compare" the value of two or more, similar packs of the similar product line.
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Re: Cheap brand Cheese's changed in last few months?

I order online so its easy to compare them.  If they claim the cheese is UK made, its recipe has changed as its no longer cooking as it once did
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Re: Cheap brand Cheese's changed in last few months?

I switched to using the Aldi's one. Lovely Mature Cheddar (and much cheaper than the rest) and I have used it in toasties (grated) but not in COT so can't say if it lumps up.
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Re: Cheap brand Cheese's changed in last few months?

I get the Cornish Cruncher Mature Cheddar from Marks & Spencer - they do what they call trial packs at 99p - it is a nice cheese as it is and toasts well also.  Living on own I do not buy large packs from anywhere due to the fact that they go hard and not so nice the longer you keep it.
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Re: Cheap brand Cheese's changed in last few months?

You just need a sufficient amount of fat to get decent toast.

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Re: Cheap brand Cheese's changed in last few months?

What I find about cheese is that it takes you months to find one you like, then after a few months they change the flavour so it tastes like cardboard. Then 50 quid later I finally  find another that I like, then a few months later they change it so it tastes like cardboard. I am not a cheese expert, I don't eat all the fancy stuff, just the stuff that costs a couple of quid, but I tend to go for medium.. I can even buy a block of cheese and it tatses great, then the next time you buy it it tastes like cardboard, then the next time it tastes great again. What I do now is buy a block and if it tastes good I go down and buy about 5 blocks with the same useby date, because the next batch will taste like cardboard again.
Thats the problem with todays world, nobody puts any expertese into anything anymore, it's all about making a quick buck and to hell with the consumer.