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Can you freeze mozzarella?

I got some fresh buffalo mozzarella, the nice creamy kind from Naples, and got it from a special store that imports it directly from Italy. I would like to store several mozzas ( that's what they call the balls). Would freezing them be bad?

asked by GIOVANNI50 over 6 years ago

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mrslarkin
added over 6 years ago

I'm not sure about fresh mozzarella. But i freeze the 1 lb. commercial block-type variety, like Pollyo, all the time with great results. I usually defrost in the fridge.

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GIOVANNI50
added over 6 years ago

Not the same! This comes with water in it to keep it from drying out. It is night and day difference from Polly.

mrslarkin
added over 6 years ago

Yes, they are very different. I think if you'll be using the fresh mozz in a cooked application, like on a pizza, you'll probably have good results. But if you want to eat it out of hand, or, say, in an insalata caprese, I wouldn't freeze it, due to the high water content in fresh mozz. It'll probably be grainy.

chef of the future 2000
added over 6 years ago

I make my own mozzarella regularly and freeze it with absolutely no problem. It is fine for all applications and never tasted grainy.

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GIOVANNI50
added over 6 years ago

Do you make it with buffala milk or cow milk? Can you share method or source?