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Mozzarella Cheese Storage and Cooking Tips

Freezing of mozzarella cheese is not recommended

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Mozzarella Cheese Storage, Tips, and Substitutions

• If a recipe specifies fresh mozzarella, use the real thing or risk an unsatisfactory result.

• Fresh mozzarella is best at room temperature. Remove it from the refrigerator two hours before you plan to serve it.

• Monterey Jack or Bel Paese cheese can be substituted for mozzarella in most recipes.

• 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.

• Thawed mozzarella is best used only in melted applications.

• Freezing cheese tends to separate fat globules, which will may cause "oil slicks" in your dishes when melted.

• All types of mozzarella should be constantly refrigerated until consumed.

• Lower-fat mozzarella cheese generally contains more water, so keep this in mind when using it in melted dishes.

• 8 ounces of mozzarella equals 2 cups grated.

• Good companions for mozzarella: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and light-bodied Pinot Noir wines; crusty bread, pasta, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, basil, garlic, prosciutto, sardines, and olives.

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