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Farmer’s Cheese

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A.K.A

farmer cheese

What is it?

In the cheese world, fresh cheeses—those that are unripened and can be made in just a couple of days—are a large and diverse group. You’re probably already familiar with the subtle and delicate flavors of mainstream fresh cheeses, such as cottage cheese, cream cheese, ricotta, and fresh goat cheese, but you may not have heard of farmer’s cheese.

Farmer’s cheese is pressed cottage cheese, and as a result is drier and holds a shape (often rectangular) but is still spreadable. Made from cow’s milk, it’s lightly salted and has a slightly coarse texture and a very mild tanginess. It’s often used to add richness to foods like pierogies, blintzes, and cheesecake.

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