Cottage cheese is a cheese curd product with a mild flavor. It is drained, but not pressed, so some whey remains and the individual curds remain loose. The curd is usually washed to remove acidity, giving sweet curd cheese. It is not aged or colored. Different styles of cottage cheese are made from milks with different fat levels and in small curd or large curd preparations. Cottage cheese which is pressed becomes hoop cheese, farmer cheese, pot cheese, paneer or queso blanco.
Cottage cheese can be eaten by itself, with fruit and sugar, with fruit puree, on toast, with tomatoes, in salads, or used as an ingredient in recipes such as lasagna, jello salad and various desserts. Cottage cheese with fruit such as pears or peaches is a standard side dish in many “home cooking” or meat-and-three restaurants’ menus.
Cottage cheese is a food that is low in calories and high in protein. Because of this nutrition combination, cottage cheese is popular with body builders and people wanting to lose weight. Cottage cheese comes in various fat content categories from 4 percent fat to fat free, and a serving ranges from 80 to 120 calories. Cottage cheese can be paired with various foods and flavors to make a healthy, balanced meal or snack.
A 1/2 cup serving of cottage cheese provides about 10 percent of the Recommended Daily Allowance for Americans for calcium. This mineral is needed in your body to build strong bones and initiate muscle contractions and nerve impulses. The USDA My Plate lists 1/2 cup of cottage cheese as 1/4 serving. Children above age 9 to adults need around 3 cups of dairy products per day.
Recipes using Cottage Cheese