Cottage cheese is a fresh, soft cheese with distinctive curds and a mild flavor. It is a popular commercial product, and is usually available in regular, low-fat and fat-free versions.
It is also sold in both small-curd and large-curd varieties. The difference in curd size is typically due to the use (or lack) of rennet. Rennet prevents the curds from breaking apart, producing a larger-curd cheese. Without the addition of rennet, smaller, softer curds are formed. Goat milk also naturally produces smaller, more delicate curds than cow's milk.
The whey is drained from the cheese without pressing, so some liquid naturally remains with the curds, giving it its characteristic moistness. When pressed, it becomes queso blanco, a cheese popular in Latin cultures.
The name is believed to have originated with its humble beginnings in farmers' cottages, where leftover milk was easily converted into this soft cheese for longer keeping.
Widely acclaimed for its nutritional value, this nutrient-dense food is high in protein and low in fat and carbohydrates, making it particularly popular with athletes and dieters.
The smooth, creamy texture combines well with a variety of foods, particularly fresh fruits, such as pineapple, oranges, strawberries and cherries. It tastes best when served very cold.
Some of our family's favorite ways to enjoy it include:
- mixed with equal parts of flavored yogurt
- mixed with a small amount of caramel topping
- plain, as a dip for chocolate cookies (instead of milk!)
See how simple it is to make your own cottage cheese at home with just a few ingredients.
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