We already know that Mozzarella cheese is one of those supplementary ingredients that make pizza and pasta recipes so visually enticing and delicious. What you may not know, however, is that this cheese variety brings with it interesting facts you may have not learned about yet. Without further ado, here is a list of fascinating things you may not have heard of yet about Mozzarella.
It is the favorite
Mozzarella is not just the most consumed variety of cheese, but the favorite across the globe, and that is despite of the fact that there are more than 2000 varieties of cheese that can be found worldwide.
It originated from Southern Italy
Known for a unique legacy of culture, Southern Italy is home to many major tourist attractions, like Palace of Caserta, the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii. But what many don’t know is that Mozzarella also came from this region of Italy, which is also known as Mezzogiorno.
Traditionally made from Italian buffalo milk
Who would have thought that one of the keys to making pizza and pasta recipes even more flavorful would be made from the only indigenous Italian breed of water buffalo’s milk? But thanks to the Pasta filata method that made it possible.
It is a type of Pasta filata
Pasta filata, known in English as stretched-curd, pulled-curd, and plastic-curd cheeses, is a technique in the manufacture of a family of Italian cheeses in which the Mozzarella cheese was made possible.
It is mostly cow’s milk in the U.S.
If we are to consider Italian standards, then the Mozzarella most of us grow up with in the U.S. would not be considered “authentic”, and that would be due to the fact that Mozzarella made of buffalo’s milk is sweeter and creamier.
It should be eaten within a matter of a few days
If you are making your mozzarella and would want to enjoy the fullest of its taste and flavor, you would have to eat the soonest after you made it. In fact, experts recommend you eat it the day it’s made.
It can turn dry and rubbery
Yes, that’s right! But only if you refrigerate freshly made mozzarella cheese. Doing so collapses its consistency, giving you that dry and rubbery feel afterwards. Thus, don’t refrigerate freshly made mozzarella.
Helps prevent tooth decay
You may doubt it, but some varieties of cheese including Mozzarella can protect you from tooth decay by providing aid to the flow of saliva, which in turn eliminates sugar and acids from your mouth.