The pros: Trader Joe’s Cheese Party Tray is new* (see Alek’s comment at the bottom for some good insight), tasty, priced well, and lasts a decent amount of time in the refrigerator considering it is pre-sliced cheese.
The cons: Nothing really stands out.
The verdict: The cheese aisle has been a hit or miss fest for me. There have been some cheeses I’ve loved. Some were just fails that I wish to never have near my palate again.
But there is one standout problem with Trader Joe’s cheeses. If it is a sliced cheese, it doesn’t seem to have a long shelf life. There have been some cheeses that I have brought home tightly wrapped, but within a matter of days mold would appear. Now, mold is sometimes welcome on cheese, but not the ones I brought home.
But this, seems to have a pretty long shelf life. The date on my package left more than enough time to open and enjoy even if we did not dig into it right away.
And enjoy we have because I’ve bought this four different times now.
First off there is the price. It’s $5.49 for a full pound of pre-sliced cheese. Most cheeses sell for double that per pound.
All the slices are a decently thick sliced. It’s about standard size for a cracker cut, but these are a bit longer than a typical cracker.
Within the package is a pleasant mild cheddar. Nothing standout, but nothing that I didn’t mind eating either. My husband liked the cheddar the best out of the four.
My favorites were the Colby Jack and the Swiss. The Swiss cheese did not have many holes, but I wasn’t too upset by that. More cheese and less air right? The Colby Jack is very similar to what is on shelves, but unlike the slices here, this actually has a decent shelf life. Two slices were actually satisfying.
But it’s still cheese and hard to put down.
The pepperjack was good, creamy with a nice kick to it. But pepperjack is rarely a hit in our household. We will eat it, but we seem to save it for last. Trust me, nothing wrong with this cheese. Trader Joe’s did well on picking out four good cheeses.
It’s good for a party or just plain old snacking.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The package of Trader Joe’s Cheese Party Tray:
The nutritional information:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe’s Cheese Party Tray again. I’ve bought four of these since I found them. It was a good value too.
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