What Makes a Great Whole Milk Mozzarella Cheese?

There wouldn’t be string cheese without Mozzarella cheese! Mozzarella cheese is a favorite worldwide! A high quality whole milk mozzarella cheese should lead with dairy in the aroma and flavor. This dairy intensity should be followed by some culture notes to identify as a mozzarella cheese. There may also be some nutty and grassy notes. The texture of the plain sample of cheese should be tender, rich and moist with a slight chewiness. It may have some graininess, but should not be rubbery. When the mozzarella is consumed on a pizza, it should have a soft melt that is not overly chewy. There may be some visible oiliness, but the mozzarella should not cause the pizza to be overly oily or greasy. The flavor intensity of the mozzarella and toasty notes should remain and not be overwhelmed by the crust flavor intensity.

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Tasting terms

  • aroma

    The smell that emanates from food. Along with appearance, texture, flavor and taste, aroma is one of the five dimensions used to evaluate a product. Example: Brownies should have an aroma that includes chocolate as well as egg, toasty and sweet notes.

  • flavor

    A combination of a food's basic taste and its accompanying aroma, flavor is the distinctive taste of a food or ingredient while it is in the mouth. Along with aroma, appearance, texture and taste, flavor is one of the five dimensions considered by ChefsBest Master Tasters. Example: Chocolate chip cookies should have a moderate chocolate flavor accompanied by a slightly lower level of complex dough flavor that includes egg, flour, vanilla and brown sugar notes.

  • texture

    A dimension used to organize attributes like mouthfeel, graininess and initial bite, it is one of the five dimensions used by ChefsBest Master Tasters to evaluate food. Example: Glazed popcorn will have a crunch texture. The texture of milk chocolate should be creamy and smooth.

  • grassy

    A natural flavor or aroma suggesting grass. Example: Green tea, olive oil and some dairy products can have grassy notes.

  • flavor intensity

    A measurement of the strength of a flavor in a particular food. Example: High-quality chocolate will have high cocoa flavor intensity.