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The Cottage Cheese Appreciation Thread (and where to buy our favourites)

I'm not sure when my love of cottage cheese started, I only know it was in the last couple of years. At some point I must have tried some at my work salad bar and had a Eureka moment (despite the work salad bar cottage cheese not being so amazing). Since then, I consider it not only a delicacy but an essential component in my kitchen. I used to use it mainly in salads, but now I find it is invaluable as a standalone healthy snack when I know I need to eat but don't have time to make anything, for example before or after the gym, before I go out or even when I get home after a night out.

What do I like about it? Well, not only is good cottage cheese a pot of rich and creamy tasting deliciousness, but it also has the (at least in my experience) unique texture of lots of little individual little semi-firm nuggets of creamy goodness with every mouthful, which you can then play with as you eat (or not). Lets face it, most of us like to play with our food at least a little and I find that each mouthful of cottage cheese is a slightly different and interesting experience in its own right.

So, now I have finished waxing lyrical about why I like it, lets to where I like it. I have tried the following cottage cheeses (all own brand) and rate them in this order of taste enjoyment:

1. Lidl (Milbona) 9/10
2. Migros Bio (own brand) 8.5/10
3. Co-Op Bio (own brand) 8/10
4. Nestle Hirz 7.5/10
5. Denner (own brand) 5/10

I find the Lidl is the best tasting of all that I have tried, although possibly not the most "additive free" compared to the Co-Op Bio option. Either way, it is supremely yummy and has a more creamy richness of taste and texture that all others I have tried. The Denner one is by far the weakest and most watery, less than pleasant, and ironically costs a similar amount to the Co-Op Bio. The Migros was the most expensive and yet only a bit better than the Denner, creamier but weak in taste. The Co-Op Bio is probably my overall favourite despite being slightly less tasty than the Lidl, as it is pretty cheap. Then the Neste Hirz brand is also nice.

So, this brings me to my questions for any fellow cottage cheese lovers out there...

1) Which cottage cheese do you love and why?
2) How else do you use it?

I have Googled other recipes and seen there are quite a few things you can do, but I would love to hear tried and tested ways from fellow forum members.

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Re: The Cottage Cheese Appreciation Thread (and where to buy our favourites)

Did you try Lidl's bio cottage cheese? I really liked it. Found it in the Renens shop but it is difficult to come by + I don't go there all that often.
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Did you try Lidl's bio cottage cheese? I really liked it. Found it in the Renens shop but it is difficult to come by + I don't go there all that often.
Nope I didn't try that, in fact I didn't even see the Bio one in Lidl. What colour packaging is it? I only saw the normal blue stuff.
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Re: The Cottage Cheese Appreciation Thread (and where to buy our favourites)

I occasionally find a cottage cheese at the Landi in Einsiedeln that is excellent - I can't remember the name, or whether it's a local product. Probably is, many things there are.

(Note to self: Get thee to Landi tomorrow...)

I like the Coop Bio as well.


Made one of my go-to cottage cheese recipes for dinner tonight: Crustless quiche - which is really just a jumped up version of the ne plus ultra of Midwestern comfort foods: egg bake.

Pretty much make a quiche recipe, but subsitute cottage cheese for the cream. Tonight's version was made with eggs, cottage cheese, grated potato, rucola, sun dried tomatoes, herbs or spice as you wish (you can never go wrong with chilis), chives. Pour into a greased dish, bake. Serve with salad, fruit, and a nice wine, the latter to disguise the fact that this is an oops-I-forgot-to-go-shopping-so-it's-clean-out-the-fridge-for-dinner-tonight.

Then there's my MIL's famous blueberry cottage cheese drop biscuits... now that's comfort food!

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I love cottage cheese, fortunately for my wallet the migros m-budget tub is my favorite.
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Re: The Cottage Cheese Appreciation Thread (and where to buy our favourites)

Stuff has thickeners.

Of course the bio ones have bio thickeners.

Still agree though.

Tasty stuff!

Helps down a helping of plain yogurt and banana.
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Re: The Cottage Cheese Appreciation Thread (and where to buy our favourites)

I read the second para describing the cheese in a voice used in an M & S TV advert and it made me chuckle.
Regarding recipes with it, I would never cook it in anything as it is so delicate and good on it's own. I saw one of my colleagues back in London eat it with some lettice, chicken meat and a small piece of toasted pita bread. It looked delicious.
Thank you for the comprehensive info on this cheese.
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I occasionally find a cottage cheese at the Landi in Einsiedeln that is excellent - I can't remember the name, or whether it's a local product. Probably is, many things there are.

(Note to self: Get thee to Landi tomorrow...)

I like the Coop Bio as well.

Made one of my go-to cottage cheese recipes for dinner tonight: Crustless quiche - which is really just a jumped up version of the ne plus ultra of Midwestern comfort foods: egg bake.

Pretty much make a quiche recipe, but subsitute cottage cheese for the cream. Tonight's version was made with eggs, cottage cheese, grated potato, rucola, sun dried tomatoes, herbs or spice as you wish (you can never go wrong with chilis), chives. Pour into a greased dish, bake. Serve with salad, fruit, and a nice wine, the latter to disguise the fact that this is an oops-I-forgot-to-go-shopping-so-it's-clean-out-the-fridge-for-dinner-tonight.

Then there's my MIL's famous blueberry cottage cheese drop biscuits... now that's comfort food!
Interesting you mention quiche as I have lately been lusting after cooking one for the first time and I also saw a recipe online that involved cottage cheese so am really up for trying that. Your recipe sounds yummy too... did you add no pastry?

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Stuff has thickeners.

Of course the bio ones have bio thickeners.

Still agree though.

Tasty stuff!

Helps down a helping of plain yogurt and banana.
Sounds nice if yoghurt wasn't so gross.

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I read the second para describing the cheese in a voice used in an M & S TV advert and it made me chuckle.
Regarding recipes with it, I would never cook it in anything as it is so delicate and good on it's own. I saw one of my colleagues back in London eat it with some lettice, chicken meat and a small piece of toasted pita bread. It looked delicious.
Thank you for the comprehensive info on this cheese.
Hah yeah I love my food. Apparently it does add a lot of good texture to recipes though!
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did you add no pastry?
I am missing the pastry crust gene, try as I might - and lawdy, I've tried - mine end up lumpen and heavy. So that's one reason why I like crustless quiche recipes.

(A Midwesterner who can't make a good pie crust. O the shame!)

Sometimes I do a 'potato crust', that is, rather than putting grated potato in the mixture, parboil thin slices of potato, make a bottom layer of the potato slices, sprinkle with herbs, then pour the quiche mixture on top.

If you want a more crust-like feel, drizzle olive oil over the potato layer, broil just until it starts to turn golden on top. Then pour in the egg mixture.


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Regarding recipes with it, I would never cook it in anything as it is so delicate and good on it's own. .
I agree that cottage cheese is certaily good on it's own. But because it's a staple that keeps well in the fridge I often cook with it too. It adds texture, taste, and a certain je ne sais quoi to many baked recipes.

Best of both worlds.

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Another Midwestern recipe, courtesy of my MIL:

Halve ripe pears, drizzle in your favorite tipple if you are so inclined. Bake until just going soft. Put a scoop of cottage cheese in the middle of the pear, garnish with toasted pecans and blueberries.
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Nope I didn't try that, in fact I didn't even see the Bio one in Lidl. What colour packaging is it? I only saw the normal blue stuff.

The packaging is white with green writing (as would be with bio stuff), I found it near the salads (cold curry chicken salad and others pre washed greens), there is also bio Feta cheese. It is a bit like the Graal, I look for it each time and find it rarely, hope Lidl will open more shops soon in Lausanne, in Chailly instead of the old Denner would be great.
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I am missing the pastry crust gene, try as I might - and lawdy, I've tried - mine end up lumpen and heavy. So that's one reason why I like crustless quiche recipes.

(A Midwesterner who can't make a good pie crust. O the shame!)
The pre-packaged pastry that you can get from shops is not "bad", I use it for pies and it does the job.

Hmm, now I am wondering what an omelette would be like if you added cottage cheese... probably a very filling meal!

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The packaging is white with green writing (as would be with bio stuff), I found it near the salads (cold curry chicken salad and others pre washed greens), there is also bio Feta cheese. It is a bit like the Graal, I look for it each time and find it rarely, hope Lidl will open more shops soon in Lausanne, in Chailly instead of the old Denner would be great.
Ok thanks I'll check it out!
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I usually use it for pies or quiche, but sometimes I like it as it is, mixed with some finely chopped onion and dill. Salt and pepper too, of course. Either on top of crispy bread or as the composition for stuffed tomatoes - you take out the seeds and put this mixed cheese inside. Not advisable if you're planning to go out after that, onion breath is not as bad as garlic breath, but still. Oh, well, at least I care, OH couldn't care less. I think the ones from Migros are very good, but probably all of them are OK.
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Crustless quiche
AKA a frittata.

The crust is the whole point of a quiche!

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Happy to see I'm not the only one who loves cottage cheese. Since I was a child I eat the one from Migros, m-classic, the white and blue packet. I don't like nestle hirz. Either I simply eat it with the spoon as snack or put it in the salad.
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I usually don’t eat the crust in quiche. Not really fond of it.

My mom used to make baked macaroni and cheese, except she used egg noodles, cottage cheese, and mild cheddar. Baked in the oven till the top is crunchy. Comfort food. It was delicious. I think it had more in common with a noodle kugel. My grandmother used egg noodles, pot cheese, raisins and cinnamon in a noodle kugel. Yummy.

Pot cheese was curd without extra milk or cream, known as dry cottage cheese, farmer cheese. I think here it might be known as Weichkäse.

My husband thinks cottage cheese is disgusting, but I like it with salt and pepper. Haven’t tried to replicate my mom’s Mac and cheese in years....hmmm...
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I'm with Tom on this one, but it has to be a crisp-yet-crumbly homemade shortcrust and not the premade abomination you find in the shops. (If I want cardboard, I can just clear out some Reklame from my letterbox...)
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My mom used to make baked macaroni and cheese, except she used egg noodles, cottage cheese, and mild cheddar. Baked in the oven till the top is crunchy. Comfort food. It was delicious. I think it had more in common with a noodle kugel. My grandmother used egg noodles, pot cheese, raisins and cinnamon in a noodle kugel. Yummy.

Pot cheese was curd without extra milk or cream, known as dry cottage cheese, farmer cheese. I think here it might be known as Weichkäse.

My husband thinks cottage cheese is disgusting, but I like it with salt and pepper. Haven’t tried to replicate my mom’s Mac and cheese in years....hmmm...
Macaroni and cheese - with eggs, Weichkase, some sugar and feta cheese instead of cheddar. Happy times, I should cook this abomination myself.
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Did you try Lidl's bio cottage cheese? I really liked it. Found it in the Renens shop but it is difficult to come by + I don't go there all that often.
I find Aldi's bio variant to be the best texture-taste combo I tried so far.
Didn't get my hands (buds) on your top Lidl one yet, gotta test it.
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