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Oaxaca

Oaxaca
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  • Made from pasteurized cow's milk

  • Country of origin: Mexico

  • Region: Oaxaca

  • Family: Pasta filata

  • Type: semi-hard, artisan

  • Texture: smooth, stringy and supple

  • Rind: rindless

  • Colour: white

  • Flavour: buttery, mild, salty, savory

  • Aroma: pleasant

  • Vegetarian: no

  • Producers: Cesar's Cheese

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

  • Alternative spellings: Queso Oaxaca , Oaxacan String Cheese

Oaxaca, also known as Queso Oaxaca, Asadero or Quesillo is a Mexican name for a semi-soft, white, string-type, Hispanic-style cheese made from cow's milk. Belonging to the pasta filata family, similar to a Mozzarella, Oaxaca is a stretched curd cheese, kneaded and sold in long ropes gently wound in balls.

One of the artisanal cheeses, Oaxaca has savory mellow buttery flavour and is a great melting cheese. The little salty and mild flavour make it is 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 favorite with kids.

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