Of the cheddars reviewed here, this one is the best cheddar yet at Trader Joe’s, if you like an American-style cheddar. Aged “over” 18 months, the cheese is just starting to get crumbly. Over that time the flavor has matured into a nice tasting cheddar. Compared to a Kraft sharp cheddar, this one is a bit tastier and definitely not as creamy. Both those things are good if you’re looking for an aged cheese. While tastier, the flavor is not overwhelming as the name might imply. Calories – 110 per oz (28g). Price $5.99 per pound.
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This is a domestic (US) extra sharp cheddar from Wisconsin. While it’s a nice cheese, especially considering the only $4.99 per pound price, it’s not what I’d call an extra sharp cheddar. So just as a reality check, I went out and purchased an extra sharp cheddar from Kraft. The Kraft cheese is “sharper” but not as sharp as I remember it. Still however, the Kraft has more of the cheddar flavor I was expecting. As would be expected, both have more flavor when allowed to warm to room temperature. As a comparison, the Kraft came in at around $7 per pound slightly on sale at a regular super market. The texture was similar for both cheeses, solid but soft. For those wanting more flavor in their American-style cheeses, the TJ extra sharp cheddar will give you that at a reasonable price. For those wanting a still more flavorful cheese, look elsewhere.
Calories – 120 per ounce. Price $4.99 per pound. Coming up next week is a TJ X-tra X-tra Sharp New York Cheddar. We’ll see. As an aside, I nicely paired both of the cheeses above with some Amancay Malbec.
This is another one where it would be way too easy to eat the whole package in one sitting. A very little bit of a smokey peppery earthy taste mixed in with creamy, but not soft, English cheddar is the best description I could come up with. That description doesn’t do it taste justice. It may not be to everyone’s liking, but this is very good.
Of particular note are a couple of the lesser ingredients, anchovy and bamboo fiber. What’s This For? Well I sure don’t know, but whatever the reason the whole seems to work just fine.
At $9.99 per pound, this is in line with similar cheeses at Trader Joe’s. The calories, at 110 per ounce (28g), are also similar to other cheeses.
We buy this all the time. We use it mostly on salads and “Italian” dishes. Most recently it was used on some homemade pizza. This is a low-moisture part-skim milk (assumed cow’s milk?) shredded mozzarella cheese that’s pretty much indistinguishable from similarly priced mozzarella cheeses elsewhere. It has a mild taste.
Although the price seems to vary with the market, it’s generally priced competitively with sale prices of similar cheeses at other stores. The only negative about this is, my ALDI store keeps moving it around, so it’s hard to find.
Price $2.99 (16 ounce bag) Calories 80 per 1/4 cup (28g)
It’s Swiss, but it’s French. Hmm? Well it’s a Swiss-style cheese made in France. But saying that would probably get me thrown out of the country. Both countries!
Let’s just say that if the word Madrigal was misread as Magical, that would be a good description of this cheese. At $5.99 a pound this is a very good semi-hard cheese that actually tastes like a Swiss-style cheese, albeit a milder Swiss cheese. The only thing to be careful about is the thin wax covering that sort of blends in with the cheese and tends to stick between the teeth if measures aren’t taken to avoid it. Don’t ask me how I know.
A tale of two Goudas. Yes, this is not the way Charles Dickens started.
Here we compare two Gouda cheeses, not two cities. We’ll compare this cheese and the more mature (aged) Gouda cheese here.
But first, this is a nice mild soft cheese. It’s good by itself. I’ve also tried it melted with cheddar cheese in a grilled cheese sandwich and melted on onion soup. Both worked well. But if you’re looking for a stronger more mature cheese taste, this is not what you’ll want.
This cheese is soft, has little or no rind, is very mild in taste, has no crystals, is aged around 6 months, and has a red wax covering which helps tell its age. Our older Gouda has much more flavor, is semi-hard, has a noticeable rind, contains calcium lactate crystals, is aged probably twice or thrice as long, and has a black wax covering indicating a more aged cheese.
In a nutshell, the difference between the two is the taste and texture which changes the same cheese over months of controlled aging from a soft mild cheese (this cheese) to a harder tastier cheese (here). Oh, and, the older cheese is twice the price. That’s the story of a tale of two Goudas.
Price 5.99 per pound Calories 110 per ounce (28g)
This cheese has a creamy, but not soft, texture in the mouth. There’s a nice nutty flavor with a hint of sweetness. There’s some crystallization in the cheese which you can feel as the crystals come in contact with the teeth. That’s typical of an aged Gouda. This is a very good cheese.
No, the label has not been photoshopped. The cheese has a strange taste to be sure. There’s a little bit of apple taste at first followed by a mild cheese taste followed by a little bit of sting on the tongue. The consistency is similar to a Muenster cheese, semi-soft and somewhat crumbly. This is not unpleasant overall and certainly very interesting. In fact after getting over expectations of what a cheese should be, it’s hard to stop eating. This is sure to be a conversation starter at any gathering. And if you’re by yourself, it’s likely to start a self-conversation.
Calories 110 per ounce (28g) Price $9.99 per pound
There’s no added yellow color, which isn’t really important. For a sharp cheddar, this has a rather weak taste. Physically this is also rather soft for a sharp cheddar. There’s a peppery-like sharpness after a few seconds on the tongue. This is not what I expect from a sharp cheddar. On the plus side, the price at $4.99 per pound is rather reasonable. Calories clock in at 120 per ounce.