I am absolutely in love with cheese! It has always been a staple of my diet, and one of the things I was most heartbroken to lose when I began a lactose free diet.
Things have come a long way since those days. There are lots of different options on the market for the lactase challenged – some delicious, some not. Recently, I have noticed an increase in the different cheeses on the market, and decided to try and review a few.
Tesco Lactose Free Mascarpone
Purchased from: Tesco
Lactose/dairy free: Lactose free
Description of product: Soft mascarpone cheese, made with cow’s milk but without the lactose!
Tesco Soya Alternative to Cream Cheese
Purchased from: Tesco
Lactose/dairy free: Dairy free and suitable for vegans
Description of product: A dairy free, soya alternative to cream cheese
I enjoyed the taste of both the cheeses, but they did have a slight difference in flavour. You can tell that the mascarpone is made from cows’ milk from the creamier flavour. It has a very rich flavour to it. The soya cream cheese does taste just like a regular cheese, and although it isn’t as creamy, the flavour is still just as enjoyable.
The mascarpone has a lovely soft texture to it, easy to use, spread and scoop from the tub. With it being made from cows’ milk, it just has the same kind of texture as a regular cream cheese would.
Unfortunately, the soya cheese doesn’t have the same kind of texture as regular cheese and is quite hard in the tub. However, you can spread the cheese onto crackers without much difficulty and it has a nice thick texture once on your favourite cracker!
I have used the mascarpone for cooking, and it worked really well as a pasta sauce. With the flavour of it, I am sure you can use it for lots of different things.
The soya cheese was used for spreading, which worked really well. However, with the texture, I am not sure it could be used for cooking.
Both cheeses had a good taste and I would definitely recommend them and buy them again. However, I think they are probably better for different uses. In addition, if you are vegan, the soya cheese is a great alternative to a cream cheese containing cows’ milk.
Soya cheese: 4/5