Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: The best mozzarella for pizza
Have you ever noticed quality differences in mozzarella cheese on pizza? We love the mozzarella that pulls in long strands as we cut the pizza... it's almost "squeaky" and is just extra good when stringy! (Is it just us?? Tell me you've noticed differences too!!)
When we lived in Ohio, my mom and I both made homemade pizza (our favorite pizzas are here!) and for some reason the mozzarella on her pizzas was better than mine. This was odd to me, since we both shopped at the local Kroger store and bought mozzarella blocks whenever they'd go on sale for $2/lb.
We finally discovered the difference: My mom throws her mozzarella cheese into the freezer as soon as she gets home from the store. She thaws just before using. I, on the other hand, would store my mozzarella in the fridge for weeks.
If it doesn't have mold, it's still good, right? That may be true, but we can tell a definite quality difference when the mozzarella has been in the fridge for longer than a week. Those blocks of cheese are dated to expire in a couple MONTHS but they will not be as GOOD by then!
Tip: For best quality, freeze mozzrella cheese until needed, unless using within a few days of purchase.
Now, I bring home mozzarella in a 5# bag from Costco, and divide it into two portions and freeze immediately. I thaw for a few hours before using on pizza and the cheese is much fresher and tastier than when it's been in the fridge a while.
Related kitchen tips:
Baking a casserole with cheese on top? Keep the cheese from sticking to the foil!
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