What is farmer cheese and what’s a good substitute?
— Sherry Wilkinson, Meridian, ID
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.
MONTEREY JACK FARMER CHEESE