I keep seeing Rachel's Cottage Cheese in stores, and I was so curious about the various flavors - Roasted Red Pepper, Pomegranate Orange Cranberry - that I had to try one. I was in the mood for something savory instead of sweet, so I opted for the Roasted Red Pepper flavor, after all, Rachel's describes this as where, "The robust richness of roasted red peppers and a fresh hint of citrus come together in savory cottage cheese."
I was a bit skeptical about the red pepper and citrus combination, but I opened the container to see what I was in for. The first thing I noticed was that the cup wasn't nearly full. Sure, each serving is 5 ounces - so why do they put it in a 6-ounce cup? Second, I was greeted by a somewhat liquid-y cottage cheese flecked with red peppers. It actually smelled a lot like pizza (I think it was the combination of cheese and peppers), so I was excited. I pulled out my spoon and dug in.
The taste was ... strange. I liked it enough at first (the taste too reminded me a little bit of pizza), but after a while it really got to me. The pepper flavor was pretty overwhelming in a strange, sweet way, and the citrus was barely detectable but definitely present. I was also disappointed by the texture - I prefer a chunkier, less liquid, cottage cheese (but not too dry either).
Each 5 ounce serving of Rachel's Roasted Red Pepper Cottage Cheese provides 120 calories from 2 grams of total fat, 1.5 grams of which is saturated fat, 15 mg of cholesterol, 440 mg of sodium (18% of the DV), 14 grams of protein and 6 grams of carbohydrates which includes 6 grams of fiber and 4 grams of sugars (this sounds quite improbable but that's what the label says). There is also 15% of the daily recommendations for vitamin A, and 20% for calcium. The ingredients are: Grade A cultured pasteurized lowfat milk, red peppers, lemon juice (from concentrate), salt, tricalcium phosphate, locust bean gum, pectin, carrageenan, citric acid, natural flavors, microbial enzyme (non-animal, rennetless), vitamin A palmitate, and carbon dioxide (to help protect flavor).
A 5-ounce container cost $1.79, which was more pricey than some other brands. Overall, I must say, despite the good nutritionals, I wasn't really impressed by this flavor, and I kind of regret spending that much money on something so unsatisfying. I may try the sweet flavors or the other savory ones (at my own discretion), but probably not for a while yet.
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