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04-10-2007, 05:58 PM
Please don't think I am strange. I have never had cottage cheese. People tell me that it is good but I guess my parents never ate it when I was growing up and I just never tried it. Well I keep reading about how it is a good source of protein, it's low fat, and has a decent amount of calcium. I actually hadn't had yorgut until like 2 years ago either.

I was wondering what other people think about cottage cheese?
What do you put it with?
Is it ok alone or I've seen people put pepper on it.
Should I buy full fat, low fat, fat free? (Does one type taste significantly better then another)
Name brand v. Store brand?
Large or Small curd?
Do the fruit doubles taste good (or would I be better adding something like sugar free jelly or unsweetened applesauce)?

I know these may seem like weird questions but I hate to spend money on something and then not like it.

04-10-2007, 06:09 PM
Hi there. I enjoy cottage cheese. I normally eat it after I work out. I add a small amount of cold-canned-crushed pineapple or 1/2 of a canned pear in light syrup. I have also eaten it as a side dish for lunch or dinner with pepper. I buy 2% low fat. I think the fat free is nasty. I also prefer small curd but most of the time you get what you get when you buy low fat. I think you can only get small curd in whole fat. Good luck. Give it a try.

04-10-2007, 06:19 PM
I love cottage cheese and I love the fat-free. It's the only kind I'll eat.

I normally just eat it plain. Or I'll sometimes put it on baked potato (in place of sour cream) or mix it with spaghetti squash. Sounds gross, I know, just a little 'thing' of mine. I also like it with sliced fresh tomato and a little bit of salt & pepper.

04-10-2007, 06:30 PM
I love the stuff. When I was a kid I used to eat it with ketchup. :lol:

Fat free works okay in recipes, but by itself.. I'd rather have low fat. I get small curd, low fat no problem. I've never had large curd because small is what my mom always bought.

I like it sweet, with fruit or with splenda and cinnamon, or else savory with sauted veggies or in a spicy salad. I also use it to make Shannycakes with Oatmeal, egg whites, and spices.

How well you like certain brands is really personal preference. I've had Lucerene, Trarder Joe's, Knudsen to name a few and have liked all of them

04-10-2007, 06:33 PM
Cottage cheese is one thing I absolutely refuse to eat. I wish I liked it. It IS a good protein source with a low amount of calories. I would love having another low cal protein source. I had it decades ago as a child and it just turned me off so much. It was wet and piece-y and slimey. I literally have not had it in over 30 years (I'm 43 now). It has been a while, maybe, just maybe I ought to give it a try again. Afterall tastes do change as we get older. Nah, I don't think so.

04-10-2007, 06:36 PM
Cottage Cheese is wonderful stuff . . . I like the 1%, personally . . . and, for some strange reason I much prefer it with vegetables rather than fruit. It is a bit high on the sodium but that's about the only drawback I've bumped into. It's good in salads and, of course, in pasta dishes like lasagna, which can be much more diet-friendly by adding lots of low-carb veggies.

My very favourite way to have the benefit of cottage cheese lately is in the Protein Pancake recipe that has been floating around 3FC in various slight variations . . . the simplest of all . . .

1/3 to 1/2 cup of egg whites
1/3 to 1/2 cup of cottage cheese
1/3 to 1/2 cup of rolled oats (not instant)

Whiz it around in the blender until relatively smooth and then just cook in a Pam-sprayed pan like any other pancake. You can add fruit or cinnamon and vanilla and a little Splenda if you like, or just eat it with a NSA maple-flavoured syrup. I don't think I'd ever want to go back to a flour-based pancake again . . . I much prefer these . . . and because of the high protein content, they really keep you full, too.

04-10-2007, 06:39 PM
I love the stuff. I usually get fat-free. For breakfast, I would put cold fruit in it like pineapple or oranges. I sometimes put canned tuna, lots of pepper, and a little italian dressing in for a light meal.

04-10-2007, 06:42 PM
Oh.. definitely try it! It's a great source of low cal protein!
Let's see...

on a baked potato
on salad in place of dressing
in protein pancakes (with blueberries! yum!)
smoothies (gives them cheesecake like flavor)
in dips in place of sour cream
plain on crackers
in place of ricotta in most recipes

04-11-2007, 12:08 AM
I eat Borden fat free cottage cheese. The store brands tend to put a lot of extra water and calories into theirs with other fillers besides the cottage cheese itself (check the serving size, number of servings, ingredients, etc). It seems like Borden packs their packages pretty well without it ending up too watery. I usually just eat mine plain (boring), but I like it best with some fresh strawberries or other berry fruit. I don't like canned fruits because the syrups usually have too much sugar.

Suzanne 3FC
04-11-2007, 12:28 AM
I love Breakstones nonfat or low fat cottage cheese. I avoid store brands, they are usually nasty! I love cottage cheese served with a kosher dill pickle :T

04-11-2007, 12:45 AM
Ohhhh I love cottage cheese. I usually get the lowfat store brand because I am cheap and will take the taste trade off for price LOL.

I usually eat it with peaches (fresh or canned) but I also like it just plain with a dash of pepper on top. I have also thought about trying it on salad..but I am too chicken to do it. I see someone HAS tried it (ejm) so I think I may.

04-11-2007, 12:47 AM
OOOOOOH that pancake recipe looks good! I would never have thought of that. I know what I am making for breakfast this weekend ;)

silver plum
04-11-2007, 01:45 AM
I love cottage cheese! The texture is kinda gross - I try to buy the small curd kind. But oh so yummy, especially with pineapple!

P.S. My dog wouldn't eat when we first got him until we started putting a small spoonful of fat-free cottage cheese on top of his food - works wonders!

04-11-2007, 08:38 AM
Definitely a cottage cheese fan as well. I can eat mine with anything really! Fruit, veggies (cut up tomatoes with salt/pepper/paprika), mixed in and mashed up with salsa to be eaten on toast or Wasa crackers, on top of a baked potato, on a burrito, in black bean soup... anywhere I would use sour cream, and I use it to sub for ricotta in lasagna :)

I would go for small curd, if I were you. I always use LF CC but we don't even have NF here!

04-11-2007, 09:14 AM
I also like Cottage Cheese. I buy the cheapest low fat small curd brand and eat it alone. If I get it on a salad bar I like to drizzle a little salad dressing on it.

My hubby only likes the full fat large curd. He puts black pepper on it and likes to eat it with canned sliced peaches or apple butter.

I guess it all depends on your taste. Try one kind and if you don't like it try another. I just bought Light and Lively and didn't really care for it.

04-11-2007, 10:06 AM
Too funny.. I don't like the name brands, but I love our harris teeter store brand 2% I got some of the breakstones because they were out of the store brand and thought it was too sour. So you definitely need to shop around and find the brand for you :)

04-11-2007, 11:43 AM
Too funny.. I don't like the name brands, but I love our harris teeter store brand 2% I got some of the breakstones because they were out of the store brand and thought it was too sour. So you definitely need to shop around and find the brand for you :)

I didn't like the Breakstones either. The texture was kinda gross. I like our store (Kroger) brand. But Breakstones definitely has the best fat-free sour cream.

04-11-2007, 05:06 PM
I buy the Breakstones for Digestive Health (basically just has added fiber in it) in the little individual serving cups, simply because if I buy a big container I know I'll be too lazy to measure out the correct portion size. I eat it plain, with fruit of all kinds, and sometimes with some chopped tomato and italian herbs. Very versatile and very yummy. I always get the 2%, simply because that's what comes in the little cups. I've tried the nonfat and I wasn't crazy about it. I also wasn't too crazy about the large curd because it seemed more watery, I guess because the small curds weren't there to help smooth out the texture. I'm really interested in that protein pancake recipe, though! I might have to do breakfast for dinner tonight! I might add in some vanilla chai spice I bought last night at the store. If only I hadn't just eaten lunch... haha.

04-11-2007, 09:42 PM
I buy the Breakstones for Digestive Health (basically just has added fiber in it)

How the heck do they get fiber into cottage cheese?

I just went and looked up the Breakstone's nutrition info and all of their cottage cheese products have 0 fiber.

Am I missing something?

04-11-2007, 10:28 PM
I like cottage cheese. My preference is the whole fat (only 10cal more per 1/2 cup than 2%) Scotsburn (I'm in Canada). The curds are better and it's not as watery than others.
I find no name to be gross, as well as no-fat .
I find it best with canned diced peaches, or blueberries! YUM!
Take some frozen blueberries, sprinkle them with splenda granular, put them in the microwave to warm, and add cottage cheese to it. It is so good!

One thing you don't want to do is add raspberries to it as it'll seperate and be really unpleasant looking.
Other things you could do is put it in the baby cuisinart and make a high protein dip for your veggies (add ranch spice, or seasoning salt, dill, garlic, whatever you have) Or smooth it out and put it with your smooothie ingredients to vut the carb count.

04-11-2007, 11:10 PM
Cottage cheese and tomatoes... absolutely beautiful. I actually love it on my sandwiches for lunch. Slice the tomatoes thinly, spread the juice from them over the bread, spread some cottage cheese and place tomato slices on top. DELICIOUS :D And fairly filling.