Kraft Foods owns Breakstone's, a well-known cottage cheese and sour cream brand. Breakstone's is also known by the brand name Knudsen in the western US.
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Breakstone's offers a wide variety of cottage cheese products. Cottage cheese is a fresh cheese made from pasteurized milk; it is a mix of the cheese curd and the dressing. Consumers can choose from fat-free, low-fat and regular Breakstone's cottage cheese products.
In homemade cottage cheese, milk and cream are cooked down to create a more tart, high-fat cottage cheese. Most manufacturers of commercially made cottage cheese use starches and stabilizers to help coagulate the curds and quickly form the cheese. They also remove some of the acidity to create a milder tasting product.
Cottage cheese is also classified by curd size. Small curd means the cottage cheese is smoother and thinner, since the cheese pieces are smaller. Large curd is thicker and chunkier.
Fat Free, Small Curd
Breakstone's Fat Free, Small Curd Cottage Cheese ingredients include cultured pasteurized skim milk, whey, food starch, salt, potato maltodextrin, calcium phosphate, artificial color, mono- and diglyercides, guar gum, xanthan gum, artificial flavor and vitamins. One ½ cup serving has 80 calories, 0 g of total fat, 8 g of carbohydrates, 6 g of sugar and 12 g of protein.
Lowfat, Small Curd
Breakstone's Lowfat, Small Curd Cottage Cheese comes in a 16 oz. container. This lowfat product contains 2% milk fat. Ingredients include cultured pasteurized skim milk, milk and cream, whey, food starch, salt, calcium phosphate, guar gum, natural flavor and vitamins. One ½ cup serving has 90 calories, 2.5 g of total fat, 1.5 g of saturated fat, 6 g of carbohydrates, 4 g of sugar and 12 g of protein.
Regular, Large Curd
Breakstone's Regular Large Curd Cottage Cheese contains at least 4% milk fat. Ingredients include cultured pasteurized skim milk, milk and cream, whey, food starch, salt, calcium phosphate, guar gum, natural flavor, vitamin D-3 and enzymes. One ½ cup serving has 120 calories, 5 g of total fat, 3 g of saturated fat, 6 g of carbohydrates, 5 g of sugar and 12 g of protein.
Many people on diets eat cottage cheese, because it is mild in taste, high in protein and low in fat. Eat it plain or add flavorings like salsa or jam to make it more exciting.
You can customize the taste of cottage cheese so it goes with either savory or sweet menu items. Pair cottage cheese with crackers or fruit for a light snack or breakfast meal. You can add plain cottage cheese to a leafy side salad for extra protein and creaminess.