Also known as keso, raejuusto is a cheese from Finland. It has a similar flavor and consistency to cottage cheese, and may be used in place of this cheese in most recipes. Cheeses similar to raejuusto include Swedish grynost and Danish hytteost.
Raejuusto is one of many cow's milk cheeses. In Finland, the cheese is most often used as a garnish, particularly with soups. Serving the cheese with vegetables, such as cucumbers, is another popular way of eating it. The mild flavor of the cheese makes it an optimal snack for people with weak or upset stomachs, such as people recovering from surgery.
In order to provide flavor for this bland cheese, salt or sugar are often added to the final product. The cheese itself is produced by pressing what is known as cottage cheese, which results in a different sized curd. Some people refer to this cheese as simply curds. It is usually easy to find in most grocery stores, cheese shops, and supermarkets.
The soft, fluffy texture and cool dampness of raejuusto makes it highly versatile, and it can be used in everything from sandwiches to enchiladas. Savory dishes that call for ricotta cheese, such as lasagna, can include this cheese as a lighter substitute. Some people flavor the cheese with olive oil and black pepper. Raejuusto may be served within salads, or as a dessert when mixed with any type of fruit puree. Like cottage cheese, the cheese can be used in various gelatin salad recipes as well.
Depending upon the brand of raejuusto purchased, the texture and consistency of the cheese can greatly vary. Some types of the cheese are very wet, with a more liquid base. Drier forms also exist for those who prefer a more solid consistency. The drier forms often taste creamier as well.
Another similarity between raejuusto and cottage cheese is that both are low in calories and fat compared to other cheeses. A standard serving of raejuusto usually contains about 80 calories. The cheese is also high in protein, making it a filling, healthy snack. When served with fruit or whole grain toast, it can provide a dieter with a low-calorie meal.
This cheese is frequently eaten by pregnant women, as it is considered one of the safest cheeses to eat. Bodybuilders also enjoy snacking on keso, as its high protein content allows them to retain their strength and healing ability following strenuous activities.