Special Report

America's Favorite Cheeses

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16. Ricotta
> Adults who say Ricotta is their favorite cheese: 1%

Ricotta means recooked in Italian. This type of cheese, which can be made from milk of cows, sheep, goats, as well as water buffalo, is light and creamy. Ricotta cheese is made from leftovers of whatever other cheese has already been made with the curds separated from the milk.

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15. Muenster
> Adults who say Muenster is their favorite cheese: 2%

Muenster cheese is the American version of the French Munster cheese. Unlike the French type, which is made from unpasteurized milk, Muenster cheese, which has a mild flavor but strong smell, is made from pasteurized cow’s milk.

14. Gruyère
> Adults who say Gruyère is their favorite cheese: 2%

Gruyère is a type of smooth-melting Swiss cheese made from unpasteurized cow’s milk. It usually takes more than six months to make. Because it’s made with raw milk, Gruyère cheese imported in the U.S. has to be aged for at least two months. Gruyère is a popular choice in fondue recipes.

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13. Goat
> Adults who say Goat is their favorite cheese: 2%

Goat cheeses come in a wide variety of flavors and textures — from soft, which is used as a spread, to crumbling, which is used for salads. Some types of goat cheeses contain less fat than cheese made from cow’s milk.

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12. Feta
> Adults who say Feta is their favorite cheese: 2%

Feta cheese is brined curd cheese made from cow’s, sheep’s, or goat’s milk. Traditional feta cheese is made from a blend of sheep’s and goat’s milk. Feta cheese is very popular in Mediterranean dishes.