Best cottage cheese? I vote for Friendship (no salt added)
My tastes in cottage cheese are more toward the mild and non-tangy. Safeway started carrying two types of Friendship cottage cheese - whipped and no salt added. These were pricey as I remember the price was over $3 and maybe close to $4. So after gagging a bit over the cost, I bought both.
I was disappointed in the whipped and didn't feel it was worth the price. It didn't seem very whipped, just a small curd cottage cheese and the taste was good but not so much better than Knudson that I'd pay the premium.
So I open the no salt added and it looks pretty much like the whipped with a small curd ... but the taste is wonderful. It made me think of unsalted butter, that sweet, clean, fresh taste. It is also a dense yogurt that didn't leak whey or whatever after being open for a few days. So worth the money.
It actually did what I hoped the whipped would do - it was a nice topping on a toasted bagel.
Long ago when I lived in Cambridge, Mass there was a place that sold cottage cheese from an Amish farm in Pennsylvania. It was so good that I still remember it and Freindhip no-salt had a taste that reminded me of that.
If you like tangy, Nancy's organic is the tangiest I've tried, there is actually a layer of what looks like sour cream on top that needs to be mixed into it.
On the local scene, I like Cowgirl Creamery which has a slight tang.
My default supermarket, everyday cottage cheese is Knudson. It just tastes better to me. I don't know why.
If you feel the best is home-made, here's a link on home cooking to share that info.
I've been eating Horizon and Alta Dena organic 2% milkfat cottage cheese here in Los Angeles. Once when my market was out of the two above brands, I bought Knudsen's and I literally threw it away it tasted so bad to me after eating the organic.
I'll have to look for the Friendship variety.
Funny, I am a Friendship girl... Born NYC, lived in LA for 7 1/2 years and had to get used to other brands during that time, but back in NYC, I am back to Friendship. Low fat, plain or with pineapple.
My husband recently did a food shopping, he never does, and bought me Horizon organic cottage cheese (since I have been pregnant, I drink only organic milk and consume other like items) and I have to say, I hated it!
It is so loose and liquid-y. Is this the norm for Horizon? It was not past its date and tasted fine but was bland and watery.
I am sticking to Friendship.
I agree. Friendship is the only big name brand that I can find in Atlanta that isn't full of additives. The stuff with additives is really horrible tasting with a bad mouthfeel as well. Breakstone's is truly awful (and I really like their sour cream, so go figure) and that is all that is carried in our big box stores Publix and Kroger, besides stuff like Light n Lively. Friendhip blue label full fat is the way to go. I can get it at our local Dekalb Farmer's Market and Whole Foods. I'll have to try the Nancy's some time.
I've tried Nancy's a couple times because it didn't have any wierd thickeners or stabilizers, but it's a cultured cottage cheese, and therefore isn't anything like the "dieter's plate"-style cottage cheese most people are used to. I found it quite sour and harsh tasting and didn't like it at all even though I like sour cream.