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Cottage Cheese

Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese is a fresh cheese so it does not need to be aged or go through a ripening process.

To make cottage cheese, pasteurized milk is combined with an acid causing the milk solids and whey to separate. The result is cheese curds which are then cut into pieces that drain whey. The curds are then heated and pressed to create additional whey. Finally, the curds are rinsed.

Cottage cheese is most likely the first type of cheese made in America. It was first made when farmers allowed milk to sour and then separated the whey from this mixture.

Seasonality

Year-Round

Selection & Storage

Store cottage cheese in a closed container in the refrigerator.

Clever Uses

Add a dollop to your salad for a protein boost.

Stir a bit of cottage cheese into your favorite tomato sauce for a creamy texture.

Food Science

You can make cottage cheese at home! Take 1 gallon of raw milk and remove the cream. Pour the milk into a glass bowl and cover with cheesecloth, leave out for 1 day. When the mixture is the consistency of pudding, add the mixture to a pot and heat over low. Keep on the stove for 7-10 minutes. Turn the stove off when the milk begins to separate into curds and whey. Pour entire mixture into a bowl covered with cheesecloth.

Break up the curds, this is now your cottage cheese! Add a bit of the reserved cream (to taste). Serve as desired.

Cooking Tips

Cottage cheese can be eaten in so many different ways. It’s excellent served with cut fruit or vegetables, spread on toast, topped with granola, mixed into oatmeal, or as a substitute for mayo when making tuna salad.

Spoon ½ cup cottage cheese into a bowl. Top with 2 tablespoons granola, a thinly sliced banana, and a sprinkling of cinnamon for an easy snack or light breakfast.

Replace the milk in your smoothie with cottage cheese for a slightly thicker consistency.

Health Benefits

Cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein. 1 cup of cottage cheese provides women with 50% of her daily recommended dose of calcium.

Cottage cheese is also a good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin D.

However, cottage cheese can have high levels of sodium so keep this in mind.

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