On the fourth Sunday of every month I am in a group of members at our church who take snacks for our after service coffee hour. I happened to be in charge last Sunday, and was responsible for cutting up foods, and putting the food on platters for serving.
A friend of mine brought some crackers and a large two pound package of Joseph Farms Sliced Marbled Jack Cheese. I had to nibble on a piece or two before I ever got the cheese to the serving tables, and I liked it so much that I made sure that was the snack I was going to get when the blessing was said.
Joseph Farms is located in Atwater, California, and they make their Sliced Marbled Jack Cheese with no artificial colors, and they guarantee the buyer that their cows are not treated with any artificial hormones. I must admit after reading that I wondered if their cows are treated with any natural, bio-identical hormones, but I am skeptical like that. Take it for what it’s worth.
There is a “California Real Cheese” logo on the front of the package, which has a zip style closure along the top of the bag to keep the cheese fresh. There is also a logo that reads “Gold Medal Grade A Milk”. On the back of the package is a picture of a man, and I assume his name is Joseph, and below his picture is the following statement: “We raise the cows, grow the feed, milk our herd, and make the cheese!” This certainly does seem to be a high quality, natural cheese, would the taste live up to my high expectations?
Yes! These cheese slices are large, plenty big enough to make a sandwich from normal sized slices of bread. The Joseph Farms Sliced Marbled Jack Cheese reminds me of the cheese at my supermarket called “Colby-Jack”. It is yellow and white, and is evenly marbled so that even one small bite gives you the flavors of both colors of the cheese. This is a delicious sliced cheese to serve with crackers, it is flavorful and substantial, tasting nothing like those slices of processed cheese. This tastes like real cheese, but the hard part, the slicing, has been done for you. It is definitely a convenience food, but it could be used in cooking as well as for crackers or making a sandwich. I can see melting this cheese on top of a casserole, Mexican foods, hamburgers, or for making nachos. The possibilities are endless.
The ingredients read: Cultured Grade A Pasteurized Milk, Salt, Enzymes, Annatto Color. The cheese needs to be refrigerated and should be used within three days of opening. It has been my experience that cheese lasts much longer than that in a cold refrigerator, but that is the warning to heed. There are 32 slices of cheese in this two pound bag, and one slice is a serving. Each serving contains 110 calories, 9 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, zero grams trans fat, 30 mg cholesterol, 180 mg sodium, 0 grams carbs, 0 grams sugars, and 7 grams of protein.
Overall, Joseph Farms Sliced Marbled Jack Cheese is a delicious tasting sliced cheese. I would definitely buy this and have already added it to my grocery shopping list.