8 Facts about Mozzarella Cheese

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Don’t you just love cheese? The stringy, gooey goodness that you can sprinkle on any snack, fruit, or main dish is enough for any foodie to enjoy.

Whether you love indulging in blue cheese or prefer something fresh like mozzarella, we have all the info you need! If you love pizza, especially the cheesy ones, then read more to learn about some interesting facts about the popular mozzarella cheese. You’ll be surprised!

  1. Mozzarella can be made with cow's, goat's, or sheep's milk. But it is commonly made with the milk from water buffaloes.

  2. This deliciously fresh and milky cheese is a staple in Italian cuisine which can be enjoyed fresh, smoked and even melted; just like on your favourite pizza.

  3. If you're conscious about enjoying mozzarella cheese but suffer from dietary restrictions, then you're in luck! This cheese is naturally lower in lactose content making it suitable for those who are lactose intolerant.

  4. The most consumed cheese in the entire United States is not cheddar, but in fact, the popular mozzarella. As per the USDA (Food Data Central), Americans consume 11.5 pounds (5.2 kg) of mozzarella per capita per year.

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  5. Mozarella is an Italian word "mozzare" from the Neapolitan dialect which means "to cut off". This name comes from the process of making mozzarella as it is cut up twice during its making process.

  6. It might come as a surprise to you but mozzarella is easy to make once you get the techniques right. And the best part is that you can make it right at home!

  7. Making mozzarella requires you to heat the milk, add citric acid, and allow it to curdle; which means you require almost no special equipment. Next, you need to strain the cheese whey, stretch the curds in hot water until they become smooth, and later shape the cheese into a shape you like- balls or blocks. After storing it in the refrigerator, the cheese is ready to be enjoyed!

  8. Mozarella is famously known for being a staple in Italian cuisine, particularly on a classic Margherita pizza with fresh tomato sauce and basil, but the stringy texture makes it versatile to enjoy by itself or on a Caprese salad.