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Offline jaywillie

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Buffalo mozz at Costco
« on: May 05, 2015, 02:39:05 PM »
My local Costco in Portland, Ore. -- never a store to be on the forefront of stocking anything interesting, pizza-wise -- surprised me last weekend with some Italian mozzarella di bufalo. It was right in with all the other specialty cheeses. Brand name is Garofalo, as you can see from the package photo. Price was in the neighborhood of $12/lb., as I recall. One nice feature is that the four 125g balls are packed in separate plastic bags, so you can use one and the others retain some freshness. I tasted it yesterday, both fresh and melted (not on a pie, but planning for this weekend), and it was good -- creamy and rich. I don't have much to compare it to, however, so I cannot offer any further review. Tasted very good to me.

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Re: Buffalo mozz at Costco
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2015, 11:51:00 PM »
We get that same cheese from the Costco near us (SF Bay area). It is terrific.  Wonderful taste and great melting characteristics.  Better than any non Buff mozz I have found.

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Re: Buffalo mozz at Costco
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2015, 10:40:34 AM »
We get that same cheese from the Costco near us (SF Bay area). It is terrific.  Wonderful taste and great melting characteristics.  Better than any non Buff mozz I have found.


When I read about this cheese on the forum, I looked for it at my local Costco - SF Bay Area, Richmond - a few months ago and could not find it.  Was it in there with all the other specialty cheeses like jaywillie described?  And, can you tell me the expiration date?
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Re: Buffalo mozz at Costco
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2015, 12:19:37 PM »
That's all I've used the past 2-3 years. It's freaking delicious.  Our Costco's generally restocks on Thursdays and the expiration is 2 weeks.  I picked some up last Thursday (4/30) and the expiration date is 5/14.

It is WET.  I ususally chop it up to the sizes I want to place on the pie, and place these pieces on a paper towel 2-3 hours before baking the pies.  This extracts enough moisture so you don't have a liquidy cheese on the pie.

Buffalo mozzarella is an excellent choice for those with lactose intolerance.  It has VERY VERY low lactose compared to cow's milk mozzarella and should be tolerated by those with lactose intolerance.


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Re: Buffalo mozz at Costco
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2015, 12:51:30 PM »
I've been using this as well for the last couple of years and it's better than anything else I can find. Has great flavor and melts real nice.

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Re: Buffalo mozz at Costco
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2015, 05:06:10 PM »
I saw this today at my local costco and they also have kirkland brand too

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Re: Buffalo mozz at Costco
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2015, 01:44:39 AM »
I was in Portland yesterday. Called a couple of Costcos and walked into the one in Clackamas. No one had any. Which costco did you see this at?

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Re: Buffalo mozz at Costco
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2015, 11:02:49 AM »
It's hit or miss at the stores in Houston. I'd say that 20-30% of the time they won't have any.
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Re: Buffalo mozz at Costco
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2015, 01:14:38 PM »
I was in Portland yesterday. Called a couple of Costcos and walked into the one in Clackamas. No one had any. Which costco did you see this at?

It was in fact at the Clackamas Costco. But the last time I was there, 10 days ago, they didn't have any. So probably it is hit-and-miss as TXCraig1 says.
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Re: Buffalo mozz at Costco
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2015, 04:47:00 PM »
I also notice that with 2 different Costcos here in Central Florida, one stocks it, the other doesn't. I asked at the store that never stocks it why they don't carry it.  I was told that they didn't have adequate sales of that particular product to justify stocking it.  The only thing I can think of is that this store was in a primarily Latino part of town??? Maybe my Latino friends prefer traditional shredded mozz???  Dunno


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Re: Buffalo mozz at Costco
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2015, 08:45:31 PM »
Just found it at the Tigard OR Costco. $12 for four balls. What a deal! Previously, the cheapest I've found it was $9 for ONE ball. Can't wait to try it, but my family is all pizza-d out right now.

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Re: Buffalo mozz at Costco
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2015, 08:48:29 PM »
Just found it at the Tigard OR Costco. $12 for four balls. What a deal! Previously, the cheapest I've found it was $9 for ONE ball. Can't wait to try it, but my family is all pizza-d out right now.

Don't wait too long. The quality of the cheese degrades rapidly. It will never be as good as it is right now.
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Re: Buffalo mozz at Costco
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2015, 08:53:15 PM »
Don't wait too long. The quality of the cheese degrades rapidly. It will never be as good as it is right now.
Ugh, I was looking at the July 27th expiration date and wondering when it was made. I know it only arrived at Costco recently as I was in this one 2 weeks ago and they didn't have it. I'm pretty sure the last time I bought a ball at Market of choice that it had degraded a bit. It was more...crumbly, and had a more immediate expiration date. Still tasted better than the fresh mozzarella I was using.

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Re: Buffalo mozz at Costco
« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2015, 08:55:20 PM »
If you got 7/27, you did really good. I rarely find it with much more than 2 weeks left and sometime only a week. It will be good in a week or two, but still - the sooner you use it the better.
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Re: Buffalo mozz at Costco
« Reply #14 on: June 27, 2015, 10:12:27 PM »
st deopot stocks it but differnet packaging  comes in plastic deli tub I like it just $$
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Re: Buffalo mozz at Costco
« Reply #15 on: June 28, 2015, 11:51:22 AM »
If you got 7/27, you did really good. I rarely find it with much more than 2 weeks left and sometime only a week. It will be good in a week or two, but still - the sooner you use it the better.
I double checked. I was way off. 7/14. Now to find an excuse for pizza my wife will buy.

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Re: Buffalo mozz at Costco
« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2015, 06:26:14 PM »
Don't wait too long. The quality of the cheese degrades rapidly. It will never be as good as it is right now.

We finally picked up a bag of this cheese from Costco.  The expiration is in 12 days, which sounds decent from the postings here.

Questions:

1 Can this be frozen?  I doubt if I am going to be making that much pizza in this period.

2. Other uses beside Neapolitan type pie?  What other dishes is it good with?

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Re: Buffalo mozz at Costco
« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2015, 09:29:55 AM »
Authentic Italian buffalo mozzarella has a shelf life of two days max since it is not pasteurized but only subject to thermization, which preserves nonpathogenic flora often responsible for the flavor.
When it is made for the U.S. market, mozzarella needs to be pasteurized by law thus you get 2 week+ expiration dates. Substantially less flavorful and loses textures due to long immersion in water. Bottom line the longer the expiration date, the better chance that the mozzarella has retained some texture.

To your questions:
1. yes, it can be frozen. I do it together with its water. Now that it comes prepacked it is easier.
2. Buffalo mozzarella really is supposed to be eaten, not cooked. To get the best out of imported mozzarella like Garofalo, leave it at room temperature in a plate for a few hours. Use some shrink wrap to avoid surface oxygenation (it gets yellow). That way, the mozzarella loses some excess water and regains some texture. About 15 minutes before eating place again in the water. When you are ready to eat, you can just serve the mozzarella together with some prosciutto di parma. It is also good for caprese salad.

Garofalo from Costco is a great value but the flavor is not as good as some of the less commercial imported brands that you might occasionally find in a store.

Also, bocconcini (i.e. 125 gr.) are usually not as good as larger size 250 gr+ but I am digressing.

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Re: Buffalo mozz at Costco
« Reply #18 on: November 03, 2015, 08:18:42 PM »
I've been getting it from my local costco in NJ. 

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Re: Buffalo mozz at Costco
« Reply #19 on: November 03, 2015, 09:53:59 PM »
Over the past year, the packaging at Costco was changed from a round plastic container to these individually wrapped bags in the bigger bag.  I don't buy them often, but when I do, they are always delicious!
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Re: Buffalo mozz at Costco
« Reply #20 on: November 03, 2015, 10:09:15 PM »
If I lived closer to a Costco, I wouldn't use anything else. The mozz I have available locally is the weak link in my pizza chain.
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Re: Buffalo mozz at Costco
« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2015, 04:37:31 PM »
working in Amsterdam  at the moment,really frustrating to see the 9.98 dollar Garofalo
I buy at home for as little as E 1.99 in supermarkets here..That was a special offer
but 2.99 is really common....

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Re: Buffalo mozz at Costco
« Reply #22 on: November 12, 2015, 10:11:19 AM »
Over the past year, the packaging at Costco was changed from a round plastic container to these individually wrapped bags in the bigger bag.  I don't buy them often, but when I do, they are always delicious!

Interestingly, my local Restaurant Depot still carries Garofalo in the old packaging. I prefer the new ones from Costco. Also, occasionally RD will carry other brands, one time I saw from three different buffalo mozz. producers although I has not happened in a while. If you have a local RD, it might be worthwhile to give it a try.

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Re: Buffalo mozz at Costco
« Reply #23 on: January 13, 2016, 08:27:42 AM »
i found out a local distributor sells Spinosa buffalo mozzarella, has anyone tried it?