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Oct 17, 2006 06:30 PM

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.

Friendship website:

Nancy's website:

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  1. Friendship was what I grew up with in New York (sour cream too)..but have never found it here in the S.F. Bay area....which Safeway is carrying it? I'll look for it at the Market St. store..

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    1. re: ChowFun_derek

      The one in Marin in Strawberry Village. However, it had a tag on it saying that it was a new items, so maybe more than that Safeway carry it. I'm not a big Safeway shopper these days because the stores nearest me are not that great.

    2. I like Friendship large curd with olive oil, salt, pepper, and a dash of tobasco.

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      1. re: a_and_w

        I like the large curd as well, though never had it quite the way you describe. sounds very good and i will have to try it.

        1. re: a_and_w

          I was just trying to find something to eat with cottage cheese and read your post. Great idea and tasty too. I love hot things like Tabasco, jalapenos and habaneros. Try the brand "Iguana" out of costa rica. Sick habanero flavor though not too hot.

        2. 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.

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          1. re: DanaB

            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.

          2. What's with all the cottage cheeses these days containing guar gum, xantham gum and/or carrageenan? Knudsen's Low Fat used to just use the slightly less freaky sounding "modified food starch", but they've recently switched over to the same stabilizers that everyone else uses.

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            1. re: Humbucker

              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.

              1. re: LizATL

                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.

            2. CLOVER!!!!! ambrosia from a cow.... (nor cal)