Because fresh mozzarella is a young cheese, there is a misconception that it's easy to produce. Perhaps, but that doesn't mean it's easy to make it great. Our cheesemakers, using the traditional Italian style of stretching the curds to produce smooth, milky, fresh-tasting fresh mozzarella, make it great. Truly great.
Pronounced see-lay-genie, Ciliegine translates to "small cherry." Trader Joe's Ciliegine Fresh Mozzarella is, indeed, about the size and shape of a cherry, coming in at about 1/3 ounce each. They're crafted for us by a small cheese company in Central California that crafts cheeses using milk collected from dairies in California's Tulare County, the largest dairy producing county in the state. All of the milk is top quality milk gathered from cows not treated with added hormones or antibiotics.
Toss the bite-sized rounds into salads or atop a pizza. Skewer with picks and pair with fresh basil and cherry tomatoes for a twist on the traditional Caprese salad presentation. Or try something different and combine them with cherry tomatoes and cantaloupe with a drizzle of olive oil and fresh summer herbs (basil or mint are favorites here). We're selling Ciliegine Fresh Mozzarella packed in water in an eight ounce tub for $3.49, an excellent value, every day.
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