A recent purchase of Trader Joe's ricotta was dissapointing, as I had a whole dish ready to be assembled, and when I opened the pkg, the cheese was dry and crumbly, but with an associated moisture, as if it had frozen and separated. I ended up using some cottage cheese instead, which melted all right.
The flavor of the ricotta is fresh and sweet, but without the creamy spreadability of ricotta. (I ususally buy TJ's)
This is one in a series of TJ's dissapointments that point to poor handling, which alarms me when it comes to perishables. Anyone else had a similar experience with their ricotta? It's labeled "TJ's all-natural pasturized Traditional Fresh Ricotta". The code reads: "use by 2-12-06 C-353" I'm returning this, but this will be the forth item I've had to return for a refund in the last few months. (rancid almonds, bad tasting/textured shrimp and cod)
It's frustrating to lose confidence in a store I've trusted for reliability and a committment to quality for many years.