What is oaxaca cheese?
Oaxaca is a semi-soft cheese that originated in Mexico with a flavor like a young monterey jack but a texture like mozzarella or string cheese. It's named after the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, where it originated. Oaxaca cheese is made with the same Italian string cheese process that is used to make mozzarella. A fresh white cheese with a mild buttery flavor, oaxaca melts easily, making it an excellent cheese for baking.
How is oaxaca cheese made?
The process of making Oaxaca cheese is a little different. Once the curds have been cut into pieces, they take a quick dip in a hot pool of whey or water. The cheese is so light and fluffy it floats up to the top to tell you that it's ready for the next step. After the quick bath they're kneaded and stretched into long ropes. The last step is taking these strands and gently winding them into a structure that resembles a ball of yarn.
Is oaxaca cheese good for melting?
Oaxaca cheese is perfect for melting on a wide variety of Mexican dishes, as well as pastas and pizzas.
Is Oaxaca the same as queso fresco or cotija cheese?
Oaxaca cheese is quite different from queso fresco or cotija cheese. Oaxaca is a mild cheese with a stringy texture like mozzarella, and it melts easily. Cotija cheese is more like aged parmesan, with a sharp tangy flavor and a granular texture that won't melt. Queso fresco is a fresh cheese like feta with a moderately tangy flavor and a texture that crumbles easily but won't melt.