Would you believe that in France, alone, there are over 400 types of cheese which can be found? However, if the word’cheese’ is mentioned and someone would ask what types of cheese he would be able to name, for sure, cottage cheese will be one of them.
Cottage cheese derived its name from’cottages’ where the cheeses are made, literally. It’s prepared atop stoves houses located in the rural areas.
Cottage cheese is a product of cheese curd but unlike many cheese, which is dehydrated and has color, this type of cheese keeps its whey content because it is only emptied, not pressed . The cottage cheese, unlike its relatives, does not undergo aging (maturation process) and it’s also washed to give it its different flavor –sweet and mildly flavored.
When cottage cheese is hard pressed, the end products are farmer cheese, hoop cheese, pot cheese or Queso blanco (blanco meaning ‘white’). In Sweden, cottage cheese is usually known as ‘Raccoon Poop‘.
A naturally produced cottage cheese is made of fresh milk, rennet and mesophilic starter culture (this would help grow’good bacteria’ which is necessary in providing the cheese its flavor and aids in coagulation). It’s very rare to find natural cottage cheese today. Commercialization of this product has made it much easier to create at a shorter period of time.
This usually alters the original taste of the cheese. If you were used to the commercial cottage cheeses that flooding the supermarkets, then they would be astonished to learn that these cheeses have deviated from the original’tanginess’ of the organic cheese.
What nourishment can one get from eating cottage cheese? Again, compared with other cheeses, this type of cheese has low fat (5 grams where 3 grams are saturated fat), low carbohydrates (3 grams) and high in protein content (14 g ).
If you are aiming for a sculpted body that’s full of muscles and nicely toned, then cottage cheese diet is the ideal diet for you. Most people overlook the very low carbohydrate content of this cheese.
This cheese also has sodium (500 milligrams), 120 calories and 20 milligrams of cholesterol. These values are computed against a 113-gram serving.
Some very interesting trivia about cottage cheese:
- To make 15 pounds of cottage cheese, one needs to use 100 pounds of milk.
If one is tired with eating cottage cheese , there are numerous ways that it can be served. One good method is to follow President Nixon’s recipe, which is to set a dash of pepper before plopping it into your mouth. Cottage cheese can be eaten just like a’tapioca pudding’ (just add 1/2 tsp of vanilla taste and a packet of artificial sweetener for every 1/2 cup of cottage cheese).
Cottage cheese is eaten with fruits like blueberry, strawberry, peaches, banana or pineapple. If one is worried about the fructose content, however, a flavored drink mix could be utilised as a substitute for the fruits.