Mozzarella Cheeses Recipe and Cooking Tips

Freezing of mozzarella cheese is not recommended

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Mozzarella Cheese Storage, Tips, and Substitutions

  • If a recipe specifies fresh mozzarella, use the real thing or risk an unsatisfactory result.
  • Fresh mozzarella is best at room temperature. Remove it from the refrigerator two hours before you plan to serve it.
  • Monterey Jack or Bel Paese cheese can be substituted for mozzarella in most recipes.
  • Processed mozzarella can be frozen up to six months, but it will become crumbly and lose moisture when thawed. Thaw slowly in the refrigerator and hold it at least a week to let the liquid re-absorb before using.
  • Thawed mozzarella is best used only in melted applications.
  • Freezing cheese tends to separate fat globules, which will may cause "oil slicks" in your dishes when melted.
  • All types of mozzarella should be constantly refrigerated until consumed.
  • Lower-fat mozzarella cheese generally contains more water, so keep this in mind when using it in melted dishes.
  • 8 ounces of mozzarella equals 2 cups grated.
  • Good companions for mozzarella: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and light-bodied Pinot Noir; crusty bread, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, basil, garlic, sardines, and olives.

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