Eating nutritious foods is vital for everyone’s health. One great source of vitamins, calcium, nutrients, and protein is cheese. Cheese is a key nutrient for healthy teeth and bones, wound healing, blood clotting, and maintaining normal blood pressure. if you haven’t tried eating Latin cheese, try eating this cottage cheese called requeson.
What is Requeson?
Requeson is a Latin cheese which is also known as Requesón Mexicano that is made from unpasteurized and pasteurized milk from goat, cow or sheep produced in Brazil and Portugal. Due to a residue left from its cheese production, requeson is made by putting 10% of milk into the whey. The mixture process includes heating, skimming, placing in wicker baskets, and draining it later.
The process of making this is quite the same as making Ricotta cheese as most people normally compare Requeson vs Ricotta, that’s why it is commonly described as the Hispanic type of queso ricotta or Ricotta cheese. This cheese is very spreadable, creamy, yellowish-white, and lumpy that needs to be eaten fresh. Its consistency can vary from solid to creamy form having a salty and strong characteristic taste.
This Brazilian version may be slightly creamier and mild. This cheese is good for those who are having their diets as it is high in protein and low in fat which makes it perfect for those who are health-conscious. You can also supplement the flavor of dishes like pasta, salads, desserts, and enchiladas with Requesón.
What is Requeson in English?
Requeson in English term is cottage cheese which is a soft mild cheese that is made from sour milk having lumps in it. It is a mild white cheese that is made from curds of soured skim milk.
Homemade Requeson Cheese
- ½-1 gallon whole milk
- ½ cups white vinegar or 1 cup sour orange juice that is freshly squeezed
- 1 regular orange with grated peel
- 1 tsp salt
- Heat the milk using a heavy pot on medium heat. Lay a cheesecloth in an empty pot for you to drain the heated milk while the milk is still heating.
- When it is about to boil, the heat must be turned off and you need to add the squeezed orange juice and its peel.
- Mix the juice briefly and the milk will begin to curdle immediately.
- Then using a cheesecloth, pour the milk into it slowly and drain it for half an hour or much longer depending on what you want on the consistency of the cheese.
- It's now time to scoop the requeson using a container and you can add some salt to season it with taste.
- Cool it by putting it into your refrigerator.
Tips and Tricks for Requeson Cheese
Requeson has the same taste as Ricotta since these two are fresh cheeses made of milk. But requeson has a distinct taste that has a tropical character contaminated with orange juice and sprinkled with some orange peel making its curds creamy and loose.
Some people want their requeson loose and moist while others want it firm and dryer. If you think that it is the consistency that appeals much to you just remove the cheese from its cheesecloth. The cheese itself will continue firming up in your fridge over time but you can also keep a bit of whey on hand and mix it with the cheese so that it will moisten up.
One tip for it to become tasteful is you need to put salt to balance its flavors. Then put it into your refrigerator until the next morning during breakfast time when you are ready to eat it. Citrusy and creamy requeson makes it great for breakfast and if you want to have a sweeter and smoother counterbalance, you can spread it with a guava paste or on a slice of bread and top it with orange marmalade. This can also taste great during afternoon snacks.
Nutritious Information of Requeson Cheese
These are the nutrition facts of a requeson cheese or homemade cheese (quesillo casero) having a serving size of 58 grams or 0.25 cup
- Total Fat – 8 grams
- Saturated Fat – 6 grams
- Cholesterol – 35 milligrams
- Sodium – 150 milligrams
- Total Carbohydrate – 5 grams
- Dietary Fiber – 1 gram
- Sugar – 2 grams
- Protein – 6 grams
Knowing its taste, the process of making, and nutritional facts, eating requeson is always recommended for anyone’s health. Now is the time to enjoy eating requeson with your family at home or with your friends when you are at work or doing anything else.
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