"I grew up eating my fair share of cottage cheese. That’s because when my mom was out of tuna and bologna, she broke out the container of cottage cheese and a can of pineapple and said, “Lunch is ready!” And I came running.
Ironically this beloved food of my childhood is having a bit of a resurgence in popularity, and I’m here for it. I’m glad others are finally appreciating one of my favorite foods, but if you’re going to eat it, you should know that they’re not all created equal. That’s why I put seven different brands to the test. There were some clear winners and some very clear losers."
How I Taste Tested the Cottage Cheese
I shopped at several different stores to procure a variety of cottage cheese brands. I stuck with small curd and low-fat (around 2%) varieties to ensure I was mostly comparing apples to apples versus apples to oranges.
On testing day, I covered the labels on the containers with a piece of paper to ensure there would be no bias. After that, I pulled off the lids and pulled back the foil or plastic covering and then played a game of shuffle-the-cottage cheese containers. I set them all up in a row and called for my testers.
How I Judged
I enlisted the help of family members for the taste test and we scored the cottage cheese based on three criteria, taste, texture, and lastly, liquid-to-solids ratio. We used a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the worst score in each category and 10 being the best. Here’s how the brands fared.
Good Culture Lowfat Classic Cottage Cheese, Small Curd
It was unanimous, we all loved this cottage cheese best. The curds were perfectly sized and perfectly tender. The amount of liquid to curds was spot-on and the flavor was fantastic! This cottage cheese had an incredibly delicious tang (thanks to the live and active cultures) and the perfect level of salt, and it was easily our favorite.
You can read about the other brands and their scores here.
The Bottom Line
If you’re looking for a flavorful cottage cheese that you can eat and enjoy right out of the container, then Good Culture Lowfat Classic Cottage Cheese is the right choice. The curds are tender and just the right size. The flavor is tangy and delightful and there’s just enough liquid to make it feel like cottage cheese and not soup!
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