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"Fromage frais" - I have a Jane Grigson recipe that calls for it. What is the equivalent in US markets? Thank you! ;o)

In other words, what do I ask for at the cheesemonger? ;o)

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asked over 7 years ago

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MrsKeller
added over 7 years ago

You don't need to talk to the cheesemonger. Low fat cream cheese is a very close substitution.

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added over 7 years ago

I have read that quark or yogurt cheese is a good substitute...also equal parts cottage cheese and yogurt, depending on your recipe.

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Sam1148
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added over 7 years ago

Queso fresco the mexican cheese. Or low fat yogurt drained overnight in cheese cloth to a cream cheese consistency. Or ask for formage blanc. Bascially a low fat cream cheese type product.

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Ophelia
added over 7 years ago

If you're using equal parts cottage cheese and yoghurt you'll want to throw it in the blender or food processor before you use it to get a creamy texture. Greek style yoghurt works too.

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added over 7 years ago

Cowgirl Creamery makes fromage blanc, but it's not the same as fromage frais. Low fat cream cheese is the closest approximation.

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kitcat72
added over 7 years ago

I live in the UK, in my opinion Fromage Frais is more like quark rather than cream cheese. Its kind of like a thick unsweetened yoghurt [as previously stated] or low fat sour cream.

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Esther Plume
added over 7 years ago

I live I the uk too- are you heating the fromage frais? If so, I'd go for sour cream too, as it'll be less likely to split, otherwise a thick Greek yoghurt would do the job...

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amysarah
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added over 7 years ago

I'd say Greek yogurt or sour cream too, although it's consistency is somewhere between that and cream cheese. Maybe a blend of the two?

However - I've bought it at Whole Foods before, though they may not all carry it. Also, my local cheese shop always has it (the owner is very French - a General in the French Legion du Fromage, or whatever that organization is that rules cheese in France) - so you might find the real thing. Pricey, but worth the splurge. (Btw, it's also called Petit Suisse, in case you see that.)

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added over 7 years ago

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Kat Abbott
added 6 months ago

Old post I know but I’ve found the us brand of petit filous. It’s called Danonino and it’s called “ dairy snack” here

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