Sometimes Loblaws delights us as it did the other day when we mooched around our local branch. We went in specifically looking for some good, strong cheddar and this is what we found: Great British Reserve Cheddar.
Vacuum-sealed in the same material that NASA uses in its space missions, the packaging certainly caught our eye. As the bright lights from the deli counter glinted off its well-defined, sharp corners, we knew that was the day’s cheese of choice.
It had some heft too. Heavy. A good size. Not bad for around $7.99 if we recall, but don’t hold us to that. The PC Plus points always come in useful.
When we opened the packet the cheese had that kind of sweaty sheen on it, which sounds disgusting, we know. But all the good mature cheeses we’ve tried had it too so weren’t too worried. Always willing to take one for the team to try new things.
Broke off a long chunk and did our patented Brits In Toronto Hold Cheese To See If It Crumbles Test. It did. A bit fell off. That doesn’t happen on those other bloody awful rubbery cheeses.
The taste test. Tart, rough on the tongue, a stronger flavour than the “aged 14 months” would suggest. We really liked it.
This cheese would suit being used in a Welsh rarebit, a ham and cheese sandwich picnic for a day at the dogs or, quite simply, sitting atop a Ploughman’s lunch nestled alongside a pork pie and a dollop of Branston.
We give this yummy mature cheddar a Brits in Toronto 4/5 stars.
Was only able to buy it once, seems to have been withdrawn from the shelves. It is very good cheese.
Bought a double block for 11 dollars Canadian and it was the best cheese on the market especially for that price.
It crumbled like aged cheese and tasted authentic.
That was 8 months ago. Purchased the same product at the same store for almost double the price yesterday but took the hit for the quality.
This time the cheese don’t crumble and is rubbery like all those other cheddars for $5 a ok.
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Bought a twin pack of 2 X 400 grs for $10.00 ( YES …$10.00 CDN ) took it home and just looked at it from outside the Waxed Cheese Cloth packaging. Knew right away i had hit a Once-in-a-Lifetime streak of Luck !!!!!! 800grs for 10 Cdn Loonies WOW !!!! and of a Quality rarely seen for less than $12.00 for 500 grs. Went back the next day just to see if any remained unsold. NO. I intend to keep it unopened for as long as it will peacefully age and not grow mold all over….which at the rate we are going …about 5 years now….should afford me an 800 grs block of Cheddar you NEVER get to see ANYWHERE for ANY sum of money….no matter what…before i pass away with a mouthful of Royalty Level Grilled Cheese. Unbelievable.
Today in RCSS $10 for 800 gm. Normal non- space-age packaging. Same quality presumably, labelled as ‘Great British Reserve *Colored* Cheddar Nature’. Colouring appears to be annato. Perhaps they sell to US market also because spelling is US
Got some at Maxi yesterday and found it too dry but I think I’m going to just grate it and use it instead of parmigiano on pasta or maybe even Mexican tacos! Good price, though.