What is farmer cheese and what’s a good sub­sti­tute?

— Sherry Wilkin­son, Merid­ian, ID

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Farmer cheese is a fresh cheese that’s made by press­ing the liq­uid from cow, goat, or sheep’s milk cot­tage cheese un­til it’s dry and crumbly. Tangy, but gen­er­ally mild, the cheese is ex­tremely ver­sa­tile for cook­ing.

Com­mer­cial farmer cheese is slightly firm, so it can be both sliced and crum­bled. But, tex­ture and firm­ness will vary ac­cord­ing to the brand. Good alternatives are Mon­terey Jack cheese and queso fresco. Try farmer cheese in the Creamy Curried Spinach Casse­role on page 9.


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