Artisans Consider Cottage Cheese Curds
Cottage Cheese is often associated with diet food and grandma's fridge, but the overlooked cheese if finally getting another look. A small number of artisan producers are ready to give cottage cheese a chance at making a new reputation.
Artisanal cottage cheese?
The phrase trips off the tongue much the way “organic corn dog” or “hand-crafted diet soda” might. Because while cottage cheese has been a supermarket staple at least since your grandmother served it with pineapple slices, it retains a ho-hum image as a bland diet food. In the hierarchy of culinary esteem, it’s not too far above Velveeta.
But a small number of curd-loving cheese crafters are challenging that blase image, creating cottage cheeses that are different from the stuff in tubs in the dairy aisle. An artisan, for example, might use milk from grass-fed cows, stir and cut the curds by hand and add cream for a lightly tart, full-bodied cheese.