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Oct 12, 2013

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A little while back I received a package from the makers of L’Ancetre cheese. I was over the moon! I love cheese but I have to admit, I’m also a tad picky about my cheese. Am I a connoisseur? Nope. Do I love cheese? Yep. The difference? I can’t tell you all the notes and fragrances that are in the different varieties of cheese but I can and will rave about the cheeses that I do love.

For today’s post, both the L’Ancetre organic light mild cheddar cheese and the L’Ancetre organic medium cheddar cheese will be reviewed. Now that I’ve tried 3 of their cheeses, I think I can do a pretty good compare and contrast. One thing is for sure, L’Ancetre has a lot to choose from!


Product Review: What ingredients are in the L’ancetre organic cheeses?

Here is the list of ingredients that went into the L’Ancetre organic light mild cheddar cheese: organic unpasteurized partly skimmed milk, salt, bacterial culture, microbial enzyme.  Don’t believe me, see the image on the left which shows you the list of ingredients on the back of the L’Ancetre organic light mild cheddar cheese.

The image right below this paragraph shows the list of ingredients for the L’Ancetre organic medium cheddar cheese. Interestingly enough, the ingredients are similar: organic unpasteurized milk, bacterial culture, salt, microbial enzyme.

Wow, that’s it.

Much like the L’Ancetre extra sharp cheddar that I reviewed a while back, both the L’Ancetre organic light mild cheddar cheese and the L’Ancetre organic medium cheddar cheese are made simply with only a few choice ingredients.

Notice: there’s no modified milk ingredients, no added colour, none of ‘that’ kind of stuff you find in some of those other cheese brands.

It takes a strong company with integrity to make choice decisions about what they put into their products.


How do the L’Ancetre organic cheeses taste?

I’m an extra sharp, old cheddar fan. I’m not a big mild cheddar fan. I’m also not a medium cheddar cheese fan so I wasn’t quite sure how I’d feel about the L’Ancetre organic light mild cheddar cheese and the L’Ancetre organic medium cheddar cheese. But, I was determined to try them and review them.

For this taste test, I gathered up a few friends to taste the two L’Ancetre organic cheddar cheeses. I know I’m not a fan of mild and medium cheeses in general so I wanted some other opinions to balance out my potentially biased opinion.

Crack open the two L’Ancetre organic cheddar cheeses and they look mighty inviting.
Both the L’Ancetre organic light mild cheddar cheese and the L’Ancetre organic medium cheddar cheese are firm and seem drier than the more generic brands of mild and medium cheeses.  Then came the taste test.


What does the group think?

Pals of mine who like mild cheeses were particularly eager to try the L’Ancetre organic light mild cheddar cheese.  That’s the image you see on the left. They knew I was one of the first to try the L’Ancetre organic light mild cheddar cheese before it hit the markets in October. I mean, who could resist the temptation?

Thank you L’Ancetre for sending this cheese my way!

The L’Ancetre organic light mild cheddar cheese, was of course, very mild in flavour and yet, there was a little twist. It has this nice faint twang to it that I quite enjoyed and so did the rest of my friends. It was firmer than most mild cheddar cheeses and paired well with the crunchy crackers. It’s an easy cheese that could go on any sandwich without affecting its overall flavour profile.

The L’Ancetre organic light mild cheddar cheese is nice and light and unlike heavier cheeses you don’t feel weighed down after eating it.

Rightfully so, the L’Ancetre organic medium cheddar cheese had a bolder cheddar flavour. You see an image of it here on the right. I like how the L’Ancetre organic medium cheddar cheese is firm yet slightly crumbly. When you bite and chew, it just has this really great melt factor. The L’Ancetre organic medium cheddar cheese just dissolves in your mouth and you get this really great taste that coats your entire palate. It’s so good when cheese can do that.

Ever had that really processed cheese stuff? You know, we’ve ALL had it. You know how it just kind of slimes and goes into goo mode and has that funky sheen and oily look to it when you peel off the plastic wrap? Well, the L’Ancetre organic light mild cheddar cheese and L’Ancetre organic medium cheddar cheese are the exact opposite of that. You can feel the quality and the time that went into making these cheeses.

The group agrees: both types of L’Ancetre organic cheddar cheeses were yummy and tasty. They paired well with a variety of crackers and because of their milder flavours, they could also be accompanied by a number of different dips and sauces.

Over the course of this taste test, I also used some of the leftover L’Ancetre organic light mild cheddar cheese and L’Ancetre organic medium cheddar cheese on pita bread and toasted them up with some grape tomatoes. I let them melt and enjoyed – yep, they worked quite nicely. Oooey, gooey, flavourful yet nothing artificial about them at all.

Another note: both cheeses also have a small sodium count. Sitting at 8% and 9%, it’s nice to know you can make good cheese without loading all the sodium (you know who you are you flimsy piece of processed orange stuff!).


Verdict:

I am no cheese connoisseur and I certainly lack the words to truly describe how yummy these two L’Ancetre organic cheddar cheeses. I can certainly tell you what they’re not. They’re not poorly made and they don’t have that fake orange colour or the boring typical taste of your average run-of-the-mill cheddar cheese.

Interesting: the nutrition facts on the L’Ancetre organic light mild cheddar cheese that you see on the left notes that you get 25% calcium. The medium cousin only gives you 15% that you see on the right side.  This is a good point to note especially as you shop for  cheese for your family.

Amongst all my pals that tried the L’Ancetre organic light mild cheddar cheese and L’Ancetre organic medium cheddar cheese they all agreed that the cheeses were well made.

They liked the simplicity of the ingredients and liked the firm texture of the cheeses. I agree with them. Although I’m not a big mild or medium cheese fan, I liked both cheeses. While obviously not as strong in flavour as their extra sharp versions, both the L’Ancetre organic light mild cheddar cheese and the L’Ancetre organic medium cheddar cheese had a good bite to them and weren’t at all dull or boring (my impression of most light and medium cheeses).

I’ll be honest, I still love their extra sharp cheddar best but that’s my personal preference. Not everyone shares that opinion. Some of my friends think extra sharp cheddar ‘stinks’ (their words, not mine) so they gravitate towards the lighter cheeses which is fine by me (that means more for me, you see). Since I’m lactose intolerant and don’t consume milk on a regular basis (hello almond milk!), it’s reassuring to know I have options like L’Ancetre organic cheddar cheeses to supplement my calcium intake.

 

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