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Hi I would like to know what other gluten-free cottage cheeses are there besides Friendship?

PLMK! Thanks Terry N dumont NJ

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I don't think you have to worry about cottage cheese containing gluten. With cheeses I think the only gluten worry is with soft cheese spreads and the stuff in aerosol cans and blue cheese, the latter often being cultured on a wheat substrate. Most hard cheeses are safe.

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Don't know of a cottage cheese that isn't gluten-free.

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So you don't see any problems when the cottage cheeses have mixed fruits in them either?? :unsure:

Thanks Terry

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You really need to call the company on this one. Most are gluten-free but not all, but when you get to the issue of the added fruit items you are getting into a higher risk. Your best, most nutritious and safest way to have added fruit is to add your own fresh fruit or gluten-free jam.

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I can see where the concern comes from. Many reduced fat products have "something" added to compensate for texture and/or taste. Breakstone brand cottage cheese lists "modified food starch". They are a Kraft brand and the Kraft policy is to label the source of the food starch if it contains gluten. That puts this brand in a low risk category from my perspective but you have to decide how much risk to accept.

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I'm sorry that this is an old thread but didn't want to start a new one...Organic Valley's cottage cheese contains gluten according to their website and so does their grated parmesan cheese of which I've bought 3 containers and used, aaargh! I don't know what I was thinking, I know to check every brand and every thing. I just thought it was the lactose thing. Just a reminder to all to be careful out there, it's like being in a land mine field.

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If you can get it, you can't go wrong with Daisy brand. I don't buy any of the cheaper or off brand ones like Walmart that have ingredients I can't pronounce. I CAN pronounce "Cultured Grade A Milk". It doesn't keep quite as well, but then again, it doesn't have all that extra crap in it. And the sour cream is divine, too!

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I have been using Lactaid lowfat cottage cheese. I figured if I could drink the milk, then the cottage cheese is a safe bet.....Haven't had any problems...

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So far, the only cottage cheese I have found without all the weird food starches, soy lecthin, etc would be daisy or friendship. I wish I could find an organic one.

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I'm sorry that this is an old thread but didn't want to start a new one...Organic Valley's cottage cheese contains gluten according to their website and so does their grated parmesan cheese of which I've bought 3 containers and used, aaargh! I don't know what I was thinking, I know to check every brand and every thing. I just thought it was the lactose thing. Just a reminder to all to be careful out there, it's like being in a land mine field.

http://www.organicvalley.coop/products/glu...products/#c5137

I sure would like to know what form of gluten is in their cottage cheese. :huh: Can't figure out where wheat, barley or rye would play a role here.

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I sure would like to know what form of gluten is in their cottage cheese. :huh: Can't figure out where wheat, barley or rye would play a role here.

My best guess would be as a thickener or binder in the cottage cheese and with the shredded they may coat the shreds to keep them from sticking together. Many companies now use potato starch for that now but some may still use gluten flours.

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The only Cottage cheese's that are gluten free that I know of (that you can buy in a regular grocery store) are Friendship, and Daisy. (same with their sour cream). To answer the question about Cottage Cheese with added fruits, I too was concerned. I normally buy the Friendship Cottage Cheese for a certain recipe. However recently while shopping in a hurry, I accidentally grabbed the one with added pineapple. Reading the ingrediants, modified food starch is one of the ingredients, which is one of the questoinable ingredients that a Celiac should not eat unless the source can be confirmed. In this case, I called the company. My 20 month old daughter has celiacs (and was deathly ill until we found the diagnosis, a nobody else in the family has been diagnosed)and so I had to make sure it was ok. According to the company, ALL Friendship products are gluten free. In this case, the modified food starch is derived from corn. All of their products are also made in a gluten free facility. So this particular cottage cheese with fruit is ok. However MOST Cottage Cheese's are unsafe. These are the only 2 brands I stick with that aren't going to break my budget and I can find at Publix. You pick up a different brand like Breakstone's (the kind I used to get before the diagnosis) or even the Walmart brand like I think someone mentioned, and the ingredient list is 5 times as long. Also, the Walmart brand will even list wheat in the allergen section. Unfortunately not all manufacturers do this. They list questionable ingredients and won't label whether or not it is a gluten free product, making the consumer do the research as to where the ingredients were derived from. Anyway, hope this helps.

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The only Cottage cheese's that are gluten free that I know of (that you can buy in a regular grocery store) are Friendship, and Daisy. (same with their sour cream). To answer the question about Cottage Cheese with added fruits, I too was concerned. I normally buy the Friendship Cottage Cheese for a certain recipe. However recently while shopping in a hurry, I accidentally grabbed the one with added pineapple. Reading the ingrediants, modified food starch is one of the ingredients, which is one of the questoinable ingredients that a Celiac should not eat unless the source can be confirmed. In this case, I called the company. My 20 month old daughter has celiacs (and was deathly ill until we found the diagnosis, a nobody else in the family has been diagnosed)and so I had to make sure it was ok. According to the company, ALL Friendship products are gluten free. In this case, the modified food starch is derived from corn. All of their products are also made in a gluten free facility. So this particular cottage cheese with fruit is ok. However MOST Cottage Cheese's are unsafe. These are the only 2 brands I stick with that aren't going to break my budget and I can find at Publix. You pick up a different brand like Breakstone's (the kind I used to get before the diagnosis) or even the Walmart brand like I think someone mentioned, and the ingredient list is 5 times as long. Also, the Walmart brand will even list wheat in the allergen section. Unfortunately not all manufacturers do this. They list questionable ingredients and won't label whether or not it is a gluten free product, making the consumer do the research as to where the ingredients were derived from. Anyway, hope this helps.

This was quite an old thread.

In the US modified food starch that is derived from wheat must say it is from wheat. Most are corn or tapioca derived. If it doesn't say 'modified food starch (wheat)' it is safe.

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Old thread but our I emailed are local dairies and their cottage cheese are gluten-free.

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http://www.zeer.com/Food-Products/Breakstones-Lowfat-Small-Curd-Cottage-Cheese/402880812164570101216467b3a74fec

Breakstone Cottage Cheese is owned by Kraft. Kraft's labeling policy is to disclose ALL forms of gluten to include wheat, rye, barley. If you don't see it on the label, it ain't in there. :)

I don't know of any common cottage cheese that contains gluten.

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In the US modified food starch that is derived from wheat must say it is from wheat. Most are corn or tapioca derived. If it doesn't say 'modified food starch (wheat)' it is safe.

I know this is an old thread, but I wanted to correct this based on my understanding.

For FDA regulated products, what you said is correct that "modified food starch" made from wheat must be labeled as such.

For USDA regulated products, "modified food starch" could be made from wheat.

Basically any product with more than 2% meat, poultry, or eggs is regulated by the USDA, not the FDA.

So for cottage cheese, "modified food starch" can contain gluten unless you contact the company and they say it is safe or the company has a policy of labeling wheat/gluten.

Here is an article with more information: http://www.glutenfreedietitian.com/newsletter/starch-in-usda-regulated-foods/

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All that having been said, what Ravenwoodglass said was true then and remains true now. Modified food starch is almost always corn or tapioca. Although it theoretically could be wheat, I have never encountered such a case in North America in over eleven years on the gluten-free diet.

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I was wondering why Organic Valley says that their cottage cheese isn't gluten-free even though there's no gluten ingredients listed. I found this on their website under the comments on their cottage cheese produce:

Question from consumer dated 4/16/10: "I am a celiac, trying to learn to discern gluten free or not on cottage cheese labels. I see your cottage cheese is listed in the NOT G.F. category. Can you tell me which of your ingredients puts it in the Non gluten free category, or does it have to do with cross contamination in your factory? How is one to know?"

Company's answer: "Cottage Cheese is not on the gluten free list due to the fact that we use a particular barley source as a fermentation nutrient in one of our cultures. During the manufacturing process, the culture is "used up" to form the curds and provide the lactic acid fermentation of the milk. It's quite possible that the OV cottage cheese you purchase is free from gluten, but we cannot guarantee that will be true 100% of the time. Thank you!"

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