Wining & Dining
Cottage Cheese Makes a Comeback
7/5/2017 10:52:48 AM

For the past decade or so, yogurt has reigned supreme in the dairy aisles of grocery stores. Whether it’s Greek or goat, yogurt has become the healthy snack staple of health nuts, foodies, and dieters alike. But slightly older shoppers may remember a time when cottage cheese was all the rage. 

In the early 1970s, the average American ate about five pounds of cottage cheese per year, according to NPR, but in the decades that followed, the food fell out of fashion as yogurt consumption rose sevenfold. The two are very similar: both contain milk and bacteria, though different kinds. But unlike yogurt, cottage cheese bacteria causes small curds to form, which are cut into cubes, washed, and sometimes blended with cream. 

And while that doesn’t sound incredibly appetizing, the results are just as delicious and versatile as yogurt or sour cream. Not to mention the fact that cottage cheese is rich in protein, calcium, B vitamins and vitamin A, which can promote weight loss and decrease risk of osteoporosis. 

So if cottage cheese is this great, why aren’t more brands pushing it the same way they do yogurt? The answer could be cottage cheese’s reputation as a bland food usually paired with Jello molds and peach slices. 

However, several companies are looking to give cottage cheese a makeover. One of those is Good Culture, which packages its cottage cheese like single-serve containers of trendy yogurt and offers appetizing flavors, such as pineapple or strawberry chia, along with savory options like kalamata olive. 

Cottage cheese also seems to be making a comeback on the menus of foodie restaurants in cities like Portland and Los Angeles, where chefs are increasingly using it in place of ricotta cheese. Whipping cottage cheese by hand or with a mixer gives it a fluffy texture similar to ricotta or even cream cheese, making it ideal for lightening up dips and desserts. 

It seems that food bloggers have long been awaiting a cottage cheese revival as well, and a host of websites offer cottage cheese-based recipes. One foodie blog, The Kitchn, even advocates dipping salty potato chips into cottage cheese instead of reaching for the French onion dip. Martha Stewart is also excited about the trend, suggesting cottage cheese-stuffed enchiladas and cottage cheese-dill skillet bread on her blog. 

Whether you’re looking to top a fruit salad with cottage cheese for a protein-packed snack or get more adventurous by whipping your curds with a packet of dry ranch dressing, it’s worth revisiting this delicious dairy-aisle darling.

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