What Can I Use as a Substitute for Fat Free Fromage Frais?
This is a question that I’ve been asked a couple of times via questions from the Contact Page or in Comments on various posts so I thought was worth putting the answer in a post where it could be read and found by a lot more people.
Fromage frais literally translated means fresh cheese and it is a type of unripened cheese that is mild and creamy and intended to be eaten almost as soon as it has been made. You can find different versions of this type of white unripened cheese in many countries around the world, for example Germany has quark, Spain queso fresco and Italy ricotta.
Fat free fromage frais is usually a softer version of cream cheese and if you are unable to find fromage frais there are a few substitutes for fromage frais that I know of
- You can use zero fat greek yogurt as a direct replacement
- You can mix equal parts of zero fat cottage cheese and zero fat plain yogurt until smooth or
- You can also make your own by draining plain zero fat yogurt in muslin over night.
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