A soft, mild cheese made from whole milk or part-skim milk; buffalo mozzarella is made from water buffalo milk. Mozzarella Cheese has a unique stringy texture due the process of pulling and stretching it during production. This cheese melts well, making it a popular topping for pizzas and a key ingredient in many Italian-style dishes.
A good source (100 g supplies around 50%% of the daily requirements) of calcium and phosphorous.
Fresh mozzarella is generally white, but may vary seasonally to slightly yellow depending on the animal's diet.
It is a semi-soft cheese.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Mozzarella of several kinds are also used for most types of pizza, lasagna, or served with sliced tomatoes and basil in Insalata caprese.
Thawed mozzarella is best used only in melted applications.
Conserving and Storing
Due to its high moisture content, it is traditionally served the day it is made, but can be kept in brine for up to a week, or longer when sold in vacuum-sealed packages. Low-moisture mozzarella can keep refrigerated for up to a month, though some pre-shredded low-moisture mozzarella is sold with a shelf life of up to 6 months.
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.