April 30, 2012 - Fearlessly Archived - Still a fun read, price & availability may have changed.
Packed in Water
Because mozzarella is a young cheese, there is a misconception that it’s an easy cheese to produce. And sure, you can make it much more quickly than cheeses that improve with age. But that doesn’t mean you can make it well. Our cheesemakers, who’ve trained in Italy to learn the traditional craft of stretching the curds to produce smooth, milky, fresh-tasting mozzarella, make it well. Very well.
Pronounced see-lay-genie, Ciliegine translates to “small cherry.” Trader Joe’s Ciliegine Fresh Mozzarella is indeed about the size 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 is well-known for its mozzarella. They make their cheeses using milk collected from dairies in California’s Tulare County, the largest dairy producing county in the state. All of the milk is gathered from cows not treated with added hormones or antibiotics. And all of the milk is top quality milk that, under the careful guidance of the cheesemakers, becomes top quality cheese.
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 just open the tub and pop a few into your mouth for a mid-day protein boost. We’re selling Ciliegine Fresh Mozzarella packed in water in an eight ounce tub for $3.49, a true value boost, any time of day.
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