Cottage cheese is a cheese curd product with a mild flavor. Different styles of cottage cheese are made from milks with different fat levels and in small curd or large curd preparations. Cottage cheese which is pressed becomes hoop cheese, farmer cheese, pot cheese or queso blanco. Typical preparations, the cheese is drained, but not pressed, so some whey remains. The curd is usually washed to remove acidity giving sweet curd cheese. It is not aged or colored.
Cottage cheese is often eaten straight where it is like the curds of the nursery rhyme food "curds and whey". It is also eaten in salads, with fruit or as an ingredient in recipes like jello salad, lasagna and various desserts. It is popular among dieters and some health food devotees.