What is fresh mozzarella?
Fresh mozzarella is a type of mozzarella cheese that is meant to be eaten shortly after it is made. Fresh mozzarella balls are sold in a bath of water or whey, which helps them to keep their moisture and shape. Compared to the mozzarella that is sold for baking and melting, fresh mozzarella has a softer, moister texture and a creamier taste, with a higher moisture content.
How is fresh mozzarella made?
While it was originally made from the milk of water buffalo, today fresh mozzarella is most often made from cow's milk that is incubated with a whey starter containing thermophilic bacteria. After the milk curds are separated from the whey by adding rennet, the curds are heated in water until they become elastic and form strings. The strings are stretched and kneaded until the cheese takes on the appropriate texture, and then the fresh cheese is formed into round balls and stored in a watery solution to keep it moist.
What's the difference between fresh mozzarella and mozzarella?
While fresh mozzarella has a high moisture content, the mozzarella cheese that is used for pizza, pasta and other dishes has been dried to remove more of the moisture, enabling the cheese to melt without releasing much water.
Can I put fresh mozzarella on pizza?
Yes, though you have to be careful to remove as much moisture from the fresh mozzarella as possible by slicing it thinly and absorbing the moisture with paper towels. Adding fresh mozzarella just at the end of baking will also help to avoid making your pizza a soggy mess.