Fresh Mozzarella - One of Our Favorite Things
Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011
This time of year, our palates turn to lighter food full of fresh flavors. One of our favorite things all year round, but particularly as the weather turns warmer, is fresh mozzarella cheese. But did you know that our Cheese Specialists make their own fresh mozzarella at all of our markets? Unlike many retailers that bring in a commercially-made product, our fresh mozzarella provides quality and freshness that is second to none.
The process of making fresh mozzarella involves curdling the milk with live cheese culture or distilled vinegar, making it suitable for vegetarians. This begins the separation of the curds and whey and serves to isolate the proteins within the milk as well. Once the curds are formed, they are cut into small pieces and submerged in hot (180°F) salted water. At this point, the curd knits into a uniformly soft and pliable mass that can be lightly stretched and formed into balls before being cooled in purified, cold water.
"Our customers tell us that there is nothing better than enjoying a ball of our fresh mozzarella as soon as it is prepared, but it will keep for up to five days submerged in the salt water brine in our air-tight container in the refrigerator," offers Dexa Franks, Cheese Specialist at our White Bear Lake Market.
"Fresh mozzarella can be used in any recipe that calls for shredded or sliced mozzarella cheese. It melts beautifully on pizza, is perfect for sandwiches or makes a great summer salad when layered with fresh sliced tomatoes, fresh basil and olive oil in the classic Caprese Salad," adds Bruce Granquist, Eden Prairie Cheese Specialist. "Try adding a few capers and a slice or two of fresh avocado to change the classic recipe up a bit."
We have created a flavorful burger recipe as well as an extraordinary appetizer recipe that can be prepared on the grill. Both use fresh mozzarella, which will give you even more ways to use this Kowalski's family favorite. It's a good bet it will become one of your family favorites, too!