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Does cottage cheese melt?

Asked by ibstubro (18770points) July 9th, 2015

The most direct answer to that question I found on the internet was for members only.

I tried putting a spoonful of (cold) cottage cheese into a steaming bowl of white sauce based pasta, and there were still white bumps.

Does cottage cheese need slow, steady heat (like baking in lasagna) to melt?

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Coloma's avatar

Not really, it still stays pretty curdy in Lasagne. I suppose you could puree it first or mash it down more.

cookieman's avatar

Cheese with a high water content, like cottage, melts portly.

Fresh mozzarella (the kind that comes floating in water) also doesn’t melt as well as, say cheddar, for example. The dryer, denser version of mozzarella does. Hence, pizza.

Buttonstc's avatar

If you want to have it integrate well with the rest of the sauce the best thing to do is use a food processor or blender (either stick blender or regular).

As a matter of fact this is a method often used for those desiring a lower fat version of any kind of white sauce. They will substitute lowfat cottage cheese for half or more of the fattier cheeses typically used. As long as it’s blended well, most people can’t tell the difference.

sahID's avatar

@Buttonstc Thanks for the white sauce suggestion.

ibstubro's avatar

I even saw a cottage cheese version of ice cream recently, FYI, @Buttonstc & @sahID. They claimed you’d never know the difference, but it was eaten fresh – set up like a rock over long exposure in the freezer. I suppose you could solve that with Kahlua flavored ice cream. :-)

clairedanajames's avatar

It does not melt that easy. Cottage cheese has a lot of water content, and does not melt in a microwave oven either. You can use cheddar instead, if you were so keen on melting the cheese.

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