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String Cheese

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String cheese is extremely popular, especially among children. When a hard cheese is heated at 60°C (140°F)) and stretched, the milk proteins line up, which makes it stringy.
The texture of the cheese is chewy, firm and stringy. Many types of string cheeses made from different cheeses are available in the market, ranging from smoked, unsmoked, garlic, and onion versions.

  • In Slovakia, the string cheese called korbáčiky is available in two flavours: smoked and unsmoked. It is made by hand-pulling steamed sheep's or cow's milk cheese.
  • In Turkey, the string cheese is called dil peyniri (tongue cheese) and it is made from cow's milk.
  • In Armenia, the string cheese, chechil, is made from goat's or sheep's milk. It is seasoned with black cumin and mahleb to enhance the flavour.
  • In Russia and Georgia, string cheese is called tenili and is made from fermented sheep's milk and cream.
  • In the UK and the Republic of Ireland, cheestrings are made from real cheese.
  • In Mexico, the string cheese called Quesillo is sold in balls of different sizes.
  • In the United States, string cheese or cheese stick is made from mozzarella or a combination of mozzarella and cheddar.

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