Friendly Farms Cottage Cheese

I shudder when I remember the low-fat craze that took hold during my 1980s childhood: skim milk, nonfat cottage cheese, nonfat yogurt (sweetened with aspartame!), artificial eggs, margarine, nonfat salad dressing (with sugar to make up for the lack of flavor), and worst of all, nonfat cheese, which looks and tastes exactly like shards of hard plastic.

Those were dark days. And the food was terrible.

Fortunately, nutritional science has caught up with our instincts and taste buds to tell us, whoops! Our bad: naturally-occurring fat (not trans fat) is okay! And often good for you. Sorry for the terrible cheese.

I’m glad I’ve lived long enough to witness that 180-degree turnaround. Good quality oils, butter, and whole milk taste so much better than their fake-food counterparts. Fortunately Aldi has lots of inexpensive healthy fats to choose from, including olive oil, coconut oil, tuna, and a nice selection of nuts.

Whole fat dairy products aren’t as good for you as those, but they’re still fine to eat in moderation and will keep you fuller for longer than their low or non-fat versions. Enter one of my personal Aldi favorites: the humble Friendly Farms Cottage Cheese (small curd, 4% milkfat variety). Yes, it comes in 2%, too, but didn’t we just establish that we don’t have to torture ourselves with low fat food? Go ahead and buy the good stuff.

I love cottage cheese. My mom used to serve it up with fruit (canned peaches, because life is never perfect), and I’d pick off the slimy fruit to eat the cheese. It’s one of my favorite comfort foods and also a nice high-protein snack or breakfast. It’s creamy-meets-salty flavor is addictive, once you get over how unappealing it looks.

Cottage cheese is such a basic, humble product that you wouldn’t think there’d be much variety out there. But as a life-long lover of curds and whey, I’m here to tell you that they’re not all created equal. Some are too sour; some are too grainy; some are too thick and lumpy; and some are too thin. Ideally, cottage cheese should have soft curds and a rich milky flavor with a hint of saltiness.

Friendly Farms Cottage Cheese is perfect. I’ve never had a bad carton, and you can imagine I’ve gone through plenty of them. They’re consistently creamy, a little salty, and smooth. I’ve had much higher priced cottage cheeses from other stores that can’t stand up to this one in terms of flavor and texture.

Each 1/2 cup serving contains 100 calories, 5 grams of fat (3 saturated), 11 grams of protein, and 8% of your daily calcium. It also contains 20% of your recommended sodium, so be careful if you’re following a low-sodium diet. There are no serving instructions, but I recommend a bowl or cup and a spoon because your family might give you strange looks if you just stand in the kitchen eating it straight out of the carton. Hypothetically, of course.

The Verdict:

If you love cottage cheese, or you love someone who does, then save yourself money and disappointment by buying the Aldi whole milk version. You won’t regret it; and it’s not even bad for you. And if I’m coming over to visit, please buy two. 

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a writer and mom who divides her time between teaching at a local college and working as the communications manager at her church. She’s been saving money at Aldi for years and loves the store’s organic products.

11 Comments

  1. I purchased the cottage cheese and each time, it had way too much water couldn’t even see the cottage cheese. The only way I could eat it was to dump it in a mesh colander and that only helped very little.I purchased this at Aldi Brighton St PSL

  2. I just bought some and AMP is exactly right. Way too watery. I won’t buy again.

  3. Yep, way too much water. First tast each serving has a weird and butter flavor, which subsides thereafter. Not again for me.

  4. https://youtu.be/OX8OKNKgtRE

    My Friendly Farms has green mold inside.

  5. Just started going to Aldies and trying their stuff. Some good some not so. This is very good I also love cottage cheese and this has great favor. It is a bit watery but I have had that with others. Will be getting more this week.. Just wish Aldies would print where their stuff is made.

  6. Purchased small curd cottage cheese from Aldis and there were about 30 big “curds” like the size of a grape. To me these were just gross as I only care for small curds. Smashed them into smaller chunks then the cottage cheese was drier than I like.

  7. low fat cottage cheese watery, so I purchased the 4% milk fat, just as watery as the low fat! Aldi’s need to address this problem. Won’t buy again.

  8. Just purchased the cottage cheese. Full of cream and about 30 curds. Will not buy agian

  9. Lousy with gums and other gut disruptors. Cottage cheese should contain milk, cream, and salt. Those are the listed ingredients in the Daisy brand.

    Aldi brand contains:
    grade a skim milk, cream, salt, whey, phosphoric acid, glucono delta lactone, guar gum, calcium sulfate, xanathan gum, mono and diglycerides, natural and artificial flavors, carrageenan, locust bean gum, potassium sorbate preservative), enzymes.

    WHY?

  10. Albert L Salizzoni

    i bought 8 same filler water for weight also the taste is not what it use to be i rate it as bad and cannot get hold of any one to let know

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