What is mozzarella cheese?
Mozzarella cheese was originally made from the milk of water buffalo in Italy. In Wisconsin, as in other parts of the world where raising Italian Mediterranean water buffalo has not yet become fashionable, mozzarella is made with cow's milk. Smooth and creamy white, mozzarella cheese is best eaten within a few days after it is made.
How is mozzarella cheese made?
Mozzarella falls into the pasta filata family, which are all produced similarly. After the milk is coagulated to separate the curds from the whey, the curds are heated until they become somewhat elastic, and stretchier than their previous state. Cheesemakers stretch and knead the cheese like bread until it is the right texture, and then form it into round balls.
Can I use fresh mozzarella on pizza?
Fresh mozzarella is used on pizza less often, because of its high water content. When using fresh mozzarella cheese as a topping, you can avoid a soggy pizza by cutting the cheese thinly, letting the slices dry on a paper towel to absorb extra moisture, and adding the fresh mozzarella to the pizza during the last few minutes of baking.
What is the difference between fresh mozzarella and regular mozzarella?
Fresh mozzarella is freshly made cheese that should be sold and consumed within a few days of being made. It typically comes in small containers filled with water or whey to help preserve its high moisture content. Regular mozzarella, the kind you buy to put on pizza or pasta, has a firmer, stringier texture and less moisture, making it a perfect melting cheese.