Cottage Cheese

Table, Milk, Cottage Cheese

Would you believe that in France, alone, there are over 400 varieties of cheese that can be found? But when the word’cheese’ is said and someone would ask what types of cheese he would be able to name, for certain, cottage cheese will be one of them.

Cottage cheese derived its name from’cottages’ in which the cheeses are made, literally. It’s prepared atop stoves homes located in the rural areas. People who originally manufactured the’real thing’ let nature take its course by leaving the milk to coagulate and turn sour.

Cottage cheese is a product of cheese curd but unlike most cheese, which is dehydrated and has colour, this sort of cheese retains its whey content because it is just drained, not pressed dry. 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 called’Keso’.

A naturally manufactured 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 own flavor and aids in coagulation). It’s very uncommon to find natural cottage cheese nowadays. Commercialization of this product has made it much easier to create at a shorter period of time.

This normally alters the original taste of the cheese. If you were used to the commercial cottage cheeses that flooding the supermarkets, then they’d be astonished to find out that these cheeses have deviated from the original’tanginess’ of the natural cheese.

The Springfield Creamery over at Eugene, Ore, prepares this.

What nutrients can one get from eating cottage cheese? Again, as compared to all other cheeses, this type of cheese has low fat (5 grams at which 3 grams are saturated fat), low carbohydrates (3 grams) and high in protein content (14 g ).

If you’re aiming for a sculpted body that’s full of muscles and well toned, then cottage cheese diet is the ideal diet for you. Most people overlook the very low carbohydrate content of this cheese. But looking at it, this low carb food, which is high in protein, feeds the body of its needed nutrients during a strict diet.

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:

1. President Nixon loved to eat it together with catsup or black pepper (or both).

2. To make 15 pounds of cottage cheese, one needs to use 100 pounds of milk.

If a person is bored with eating cottage cheese alone, there are numerous ways 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 in your mouth. Cottage cheese can be eaten just like a’tapioca pudding’ (just add 1/2 tsp of vanilla flavor and a packet of artificial sweetener for every 1/2 cup of cottage cheese).

Cottage cheese is eaten with fruits like blueberry, strawberry, peaches, pineapple or banana.

 

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