Cottage cheese is a cheese curd product with a mild flavour. It is drained, but not pressed so some whey remains. The curd is usually washed to remove acidity giving sweet curd cheese. It is not aged or coloured. 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 or queso blanco.
Cottage cheese may be eaten straight. It is also eaten with fruit, with fruit puree - such as peach, cherry, raspberry, blueberry, pineapple or strawberry, on toast, in green salads, - or as an ingredient in recipes like jello salad and various desserts. It can be used to replace grated cheese or ricotta cheese in most recipes (such as lasagna).
The term "cottage cheese" is believed to have originated because the simple cheese was usually made in cottages from any milk leftover after making butter. The term was first used in 1848.
In some parts of the Spanish speaking world, it is known as requesón, where it is drained longer in basket shaped moulds to make it firmer and has a similar appearance to ricotta
Calories in different varieties and various types of cheeses
The number of calories in various types of cheese is very similar when you compare your cheese to a similar types of cheese.
For example, almost cheeses that are similar to Cheddar cheese have around 400 calories per 100g
If the Cottage cheese is not listed below, select a similar type of cheese from the list below to get a rough idea for the number of calories in Cottage cheese.
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|Cheese type||Calories per 100g|
|Queso blanco cheese||310|
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