cottage cheese


noun

an extremely soft, or loose, white, mild-flavored cheese made from skim-milk curds, usually without rennet.

Origin of cottage cheese

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50

Regional variation note

Farmer cheese and farmer's cheese are widely used throughout the U.S. as terms for a kind of cottage cheese. This same kind of cheese, with varying curd size and sourness, is also called sour-milk cheese in Eastern New England; curd or curd cheese, chiefly in the Northeastern and Southern U.S.; pot cheese, chiefly in the Hudson Valley; smearcase, chiefly in the North Midland U.S., and sometimes cream cheese in the Gulf States.
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Examples from the Web for cottage cheese

  • Cottage-cheese is the most nearly pure protein of anything that we eat.

    Food Guide for War Service at Home|Katharine Blunt, Frances L. Swain, and Florence Powdermaker
  • When he could not get buttermilk, he was contented with bonny-clabber and cottage-cheese.

    The Funny Philosophers|George Yellott

British Dictionary definitions for cottage cheese

cottage cheese


noun

a mild loose soft white cheese made from skimmed milk curds
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