Cheddar cheese from Lidl and elsewhere

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I'm afraid to say that I think the 400g Cheddar cheese pack from "Hatherwood" (made in Staffordshire)that I bought a few weeks ago in Lidl is plain awful! Just taken as objectively as I can, it has a sour taste, is kind of greasy and crumbles hopelessly. It is definitely not my idea of "vintage reserve" "mindestens 15 Monate gereift", proper ripened Cheddar. I know what this tastes like as I used to live in U.K.! . Surely there have been some shortcuts in the production somewhere? It is really too cheap to be of good quality, taking the long journey from England. Personally, I would rather buy half as much cheese for that price if it was of good quality.

I also tried the Bramley apple pies, well if you read the label they can't be better than the "Mr Kipling" type one had in the UK. Factory made, pretty tasteless and in the filling there is not much genuine apple (25% I think).

y fault for expecting more for the money (a week later Lidl reduced these pies to get rid of them!)

The crisps I bought were FAR too vinegary and salty

What was good was the orange-lemomn-ginger marmelade for 89 cents.

 

Am I making myself unpopular (this is my first ever posting!) when I say that Lidl is plying on the Germans' idealised notions of good British fare and also pandering to the expats' nostalgia? And still making a profit, otherwise they wouldn't do it.

 

I think I will go back to good German food (there are so many good cheeses here!) and make my apple pies from scratch if I want some.

Anyone out there who can understand my viewpoint?

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There's a lot of personal taste involved, I think. I didn't expect hand-crafted apple pies, to be honest, and as far as I'm concerned there's no such thing as crisps that are too vinegary. But you may be right that we expats are grateful for any crumbs (of Cheddar) thrown our way. A definite attraction is that it comes in huge fuck-off slabs instead of the dainty little scraps that other supermarkets sell.

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If you are German then you should probably have a better understanding of food quality than you do. Shopping in Lidl and then complaining that the food is "factory made" is ridiculous. What do you expect from Lidl? Sure, there are good cheeses made in Germany, but you won't find those in Lidl either. You can also buy good-quality cheddar in Germany (link), but again not at Lidl. And of course the apple pies aren't as good as Mr Kipling pies, again because you're shopping in Lidl. (Although Mr Kipling pies also contain only 21% apple yet 29% sugar, and they're also made in a factory!) I think you're being overly cynical when you question the motives behind the Hatherwood selection. All Lidl have done with their British selection is the same as with their entire product range: sell mediocre quality at low prices to people who don't know any better.

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The Lidl cheddar cheese is the best tasting cheddar that I have ever bought in Germany. Whether it is better, or as good as the stuff one can buy in the U.K. is irrelevant. Finding something that is better here is something that I have neither time nor inclination to do. The only specialist cheese shop that I ever have contact with is in Freising which has never had anything as good on sale, as far as cheddar goes that is.

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@crusoe: Perhaps you are right that it is a matter of taste - in any case(in my case) the Lidl cheese does not taste anything like I think Cheddar ought to.

@Small Town Boy: I'm sorry to say that I find your comments a bit off the mark.To put the record straight, I am German, yes, but I am also British as I have dual nationality. Not that that has anything to do with the question except to indicate that I am have been familiar with the taste of "typical" British foodstuffs since my youth.

I did not complain that the food is factory made, I only said that I personally didn't like the pies and the crisps. In fact my comment "My fault for expecting more for the money" shows that I realise that one cannot have too high expectations from a discounter. And in the end you and I agree that basically one gets what one pays for. So there is no reason that my very first post on this site should have incurred a reaction with the words "ridiculous" and "overly cynical" being thrown in my direction.

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STB, I don't think folkestone was holding up Mr Kipling as some kind of paragon of quality, but only as a point of comparison.

(29% sugar? Jeez! Although as a fan of the Lidl caramel shortcake I can hardly complain about a mere 29%...)

 

folkestone, we all know what shop apple pies taste like, and we all know what home-made apple pies taste like. Of course we make our own if we want a gourmet taste experience. But Lidl stuff is about instant gratification, and as such it has often delivered in spades.

 

The Perlach branch still has loads of (pseudo-Danish) pork scratchings, by the way. Bliss.

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Thank you, crusoe!Instant gratification is a good expression. I would add "nostalgia" as a further motive. Just had breakfast with German rolls and Hatherwood orange-lemon-ginger marmelade - excellent Sunday fare.

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Thanks for telling us, Orla inka. Cheese and three types of crisps on offer - perhaps I'll give Lidl another try...

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I think this conversation is way out of my cheese league, but just to offer some new info...Tenglemann and HIT sell "Englischer Cheddar" slices, which are quite good. I am not a cheese connaisseur, so if mentioning that a cheese is sold in slices might as well be the same as saying there was no good cheese, then I'm sorry. It's just that this stuff smells, melts, tastes and looks like a decent cheddar with no crystals (I'm on my fourth pack). I also don't know where it was made, so perhaps it is "German-made English-style cheddar", and therefore not worth considering. At any rate, just thought I should mention it...

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Lidl in Kriftel has 16mth mature English cheddar for €5.50/Kg yum yum!!! just bought 2 kg and much more tomorrow

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just tried the Lidl Hatherwood Mature Cheddar and don't know what the previous posts complaining about it were all about. Just as good if not better than the UK supermarket (M&S, sainsburys, waitrose etc.) 'extra mature' stuff and a lot cheaper.

 

On my way out to stock up in case it was a short term promotion.

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My two kids (young adults) both love that cheese - which is unusual since its rare for both of them to like the same thing.

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Add a 21mth old 1/2 Scottish 1/2 slovak and born here boy to the Lidl cheddar lovers list. He was asking for more and more after his first taste today.

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Recently I tried a pack of Kerrygold sliced cheddar and it was very good. They also sell a lot of Kerrygold butter in our local supermarkets, it is alleged to be better-tasting and softer because the cows graze outside in meadows, unlike our Franconian ones who spend their lives indoors.

Does anyone know if this butter and cheese is REALLY made in Ireland? Kerrygold seems to have a HQ in Germany, too.

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it is alleged to be better-tasting and softer because the cows graze outside in meadows, unlike our Franconian ones who spend their lives indoors.

 

Hmmm. A lot wrong with that sentence.

 

 

Does anyone know if this butter and cheese is REALLY made in Ireland? Kerrygold seems to have a HQ in Germany, too.

 

On the back of the packaging there's a white oval with some letters and numbers. Google them and it will tell you which factory dairy it came from.

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