Updated: Sep 20, 2020
Cottage cheese is a fresh cheese curd product with a mild flavor. In the past, it was known as "curds and whey. It is not aged. It is made by draining the cheese, as opposed to pressing it - retaining some of the whey, keeping the curds loose. An important step in the manufacturing process distinguishing cottage cheese from other fresh cheeses is the adding of a "dressing" to the curd grains, usually cream, which is largely responsible for the taste of the product. Cottage cheese is low in food energy compared to other types of cheese, making it popular among dieters and some health devotees. It can be used with a wide variety of foods such as yogurt, fruit, toast, granola, in salads, as a dip, and as a replacement for mayonnaise.