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Jun 18, 2011 12:39 PM

ISO Dry-ish cottage cheese.

Back in the 50s and 60s, small curd cottage cheese was pretty dry compared to today's product. The curds were uniform and it had real flavor. Is such a thing still being made, and maybe just not sold in my part of the Midwest?

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  1. "Farmer's Cheese" might be just what you are looking for?

    good luck,

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    1. re: PamelaD

      Thanks, Pamela. The stuff I'm remembering was marketed as small curd cottage cheese, and while it might hold it's shape if packed in a mold, you definately could not slice it.

    2. Living in PA we used to get Farmer's or Pot Cheese from the Pennsylvania Dutch. It was a drier more flavorful version of cottage cheese.

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      1. re: CynAmyn

        Thank you CynAmyn, looks like I'm going to have to go to the city and find some Farmer's or Pot cheese.

        1. re: Marti3000

          when I make it homemade, I increase dryness by straining it , like one does with yogurt to make yogurt cheese. Perhaps that will work if you can't find what you want. Otherwise, it's a cinch to make ( I use Bittman's recipe from How to cook Everything)

      2. Mourn the loss of Breakstone's tangy small curd cottage cheese as well. Little to no fluid, very non sweet and totally wonderful. Yes pot cheese or farmer's cheese is your only option but rarely has real curd chunks. Friendship brand is the most common, but quite smooth, great for Danish pastry or blintzes but you will still miss the curd if try to eat as you did the cottage cheese.

        1. I like Friendship's 4% California style, got the most flavor and is not too wet.

          1. Michigan brand cottage cheese if you can find it. It is a very good, "dry" style cottage cheese.


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            1. re: kmcarr

              Farmer's cheese is NOT cottage is a different process, and the calories from fat are over 50%, unlike the 15% in cottage cheese...

              Friendship does make a pot-style cottage cheese, that is a dry, low fat version. Only in the Northeast, though, I believe...