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  • Made from pasteurized cow's milk

  • Country of origin: Mexico

  • Region: Oaxaca

  • Family: Pasta filata

  • Type: semi-soft, artisan

  • Texture: smooth and stringy

  • Colour: white

  • Flavour: buttery, mild, salty

  • Aroma: buttery, earthy

  • Vegetarian: no

  • Producers: Cesar's Cheese

  • Synonyms: Quesillo, Asadero, Queso Quesadilla, Oaxacan Style String Cheese

  • Alternative spellings: Oaxacan String Cheese, Queso Oaxaca

Oaxaca (Queso Oaxaca, Asadero or Quesillo) is a semi-soft, white, string-type, Hispanic-style cheese made from cow's milk. This Mexican cheese belongs to the pasta filata family and was created long ago in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. The cheese is a stretched curd cheese, kneaded and sold in long ropes gently wound in balls. At the end of the manufacturing process, Oaxaca is dipped into salt water to form a thin rind.

Oaxaca has a mellow, buttery and earthy flavour and is a great melting cheese. The little salty and mild flavour makes it one of the most popular cheeses for preparing quesadillas. In addition, Oaxaca is an excellent stuffing cheese in baking recipes. In both texture and flavour, it can be compared to a young Monterey Jack cheese. Although the cheese lacks a strong flavour, its mild taste is a favourite with kids.

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