What Is Lithuanian Cottage Cheese?

A traditional Lithuanian dairy product using cottage cheese, which has a distinctive salty taste. It is a soft, white cheese, often in the form of butter or sour cream, and can be found in Lithuanian recipes. Lithuanian cottage cheese is inseparable from our culinary identity.

Fun Fact About Lithuanian Cottage Cheese

Did you know that Lithuanians have long celebrated cottage cheese? It is so important in Lithuanian culture that many folk songs and stories have been written about it. In Lithuanian folk songs, cottage cheese is often referred to as “white gel” or “the taste of the home farm”.

Production Steps

The production of Lithuanian cottage cheese involves the following steps:


Milk collection

High-quality cow’s milk is collected for cheese production. Good milk determines the taste of the final product.


Acidification and coagulation

The milk is heated slightly and an acid or enzyme is added to induce coagulation. This helps to form curd grains.


Placing the grains in the moulds

The cottage cheese is placed in the moulds and left to drain.



In the final stage, the cottage cheese is removed from the moulds and seasoned with salt or spices to taste.

Benefits for consumers

Lithuanian cottage cheese offers many benefits to consumers:


Taste and tradition

It brings the distinctive and traditional taste of Lithuania to your table.


High quality protein

Cottage cheese is a good source of protein, which contributes to muscle building and overall nutritional well-being.


Ease of use

It can be easily incorporated into a wide range of dishes, from sandwiches to sweet desserts.

Quality of Lithuanian Cottage Cheese Produced in the EU

The production of Lithuanian cottage cheese in the European Union (EU) adheres to strict quality and safety standards to ensure the following characteristics:

  • EU Regulations: EU regulations set the rules for the production and labelling of Lithuanian cottage cheese, ensuring that it meets high quality standards and food safety guidelines.
  • Milk quality: EU producers use high quality milk to get the best taste in cottage cheese.
  • Authenticity: EU producers preserve the tradition and authenticity of cottage cheese by maintaining the cheese’s cultural roots.
  • Environmental responsibility: many EU producers emphasise sustainability practices in line with the EU’s commitment to protecting the environment.
  • Traceability: EU regulations ensure that consumers can trace the origin of cottage cheese and obtain information about the production process, promoting transparency and responsibility.

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For guidelines on a balanced, healthy diet, visit the website of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania.