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Offline itzapizza

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Newbie and cheese.........
« on: April 24, 2012, 01:33:46 PM »
Anyone have ideas about  mozza or provolone or blend that tastes kind of  creamy and is stringy  ( stretchy ) when you take a bite of the pizza?

The mozzarella I find at Walmart that comes in little balls seems tasteless and not very stringy  ( stretchy ). Seems to have a putty consistency when melted ( chewy like gum).

The stuff in bags, Kraft and Sargento,  isn't really what I want. The Sargento seemed to have the consistency of a layer of stiff mashed potatoes almost. Too thick maybe?

What can I get on the internet that might work?

Your help is very appreciated (  :


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Re: Newbie and cheese.........
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2012, 09:39:25 PM »
I'll chime in with what has become my new favorite after a Chicago thin crust attempt the other night, and that is Polly-O brand cheese. I have never had anything that melted better and didn't get rubbery despite being pretty brown on the top. It is a higher moisture cheese I think, so you may want to only use it on an outside layer and not in a deep dish application. I tried some full fat mozzarella in a Chicago deep dish the other day and it was quite watery and made the pie a bit soggy.

Polly-O isn't the cheapest, but it isn't extremely high either. I get a 1 pound block at Wal-Mart for around $5. Definitely worth it. Good luck and let me know what you end up finding!
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Re: Newbie and cheese.........
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2012, 10:42:45 PM »
I just bought some of the 1lb blocks of walmart whole milk mozz. i like it a lot for $2.98 LB

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Re: Newbie and cheese.........
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2012, 05:08:37 AM »
Thanks for the replies!

I will try those  (  :

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Re: Newbie and cheese.........
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2012, 05:20:48 AM »
Jefferey, if the great value whole milk mozzarella block beside the Polly-O in your local Wal-Mart? I can seem to only find the Great Value Part Skim 1lb blocks, and I much prefer whole milk for its richness.
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Re: Newbie and cheese.........
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2012, 05:51:31 PM »
rcbaughn,

I wish the walmarts in Chicago carried poly-o.  We don't have it here.
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Re: Newbie and cheese.........
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2012, 09:58:05 AM »
rcbaughn,

I wish the walmarts in Chicago carried poly-o.  We don't have it here.

pythonic

Polly-O is made by Kraft, perhaps your Walmart sells Kraft mozzarella, might be worth a try.

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Re: Newbie and cheese.........
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2012, 03:31:18 PM »
Jefferey, if the great value whole milk mozzarella block beside the Polly-O in your local Wal-Mart? I can seem to only find the Great Value Part Skim 1lb blocks, and I much prefer whole milk for its richness.

Sorry it's a bit late, I had been out of town golfing. I had trouble finding the whole milk at walmart too. It took me a minute to see it. First of all I got it from Super Walmart. So I'd make sure you try there. I kept looking for a cheese like in first picture that said "whole milk" on it, then finally saw the cheese I was looking for off to the side as pictured in the second pic. Maybe seeing the difference will help you find it, it would of helped me.

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Re: Newbie and cheese.........
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Re: Newbie and cheese.........
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2012, 02:57:33 PM »
Bigfoot and everybody, thanks for this info!

I'm going to get back into the pizza thing this week and will get my hands on some different cheeses to try.

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Re: Newbie and cheese.........
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2012, 06:18:50 PM »
I bought the Great Value brand whole milk recently and liked it as well as the Polly-O. I'm definitely swapping over to it for my pies since it is a lot cheaper and melts just as well. It doesn't over-brown either, and the taste is spot on raw too. I nibbled it last time I grated and found it to be pretty tasty.
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Re: Newbie and cheese.........
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2012, 01:35:52 PM »
Bigfoot,

Interesting post about the cheese comparison.   It's funny how I remember back in college (80's) doing the same sort of comparison because French bread pizza was a staple for a college student and easy to make.  I wonder if anyone on this site remembers (or is old enough to..) that Sorrento once sold shredded cheese in a bag like Kraft and Sargento?  Back then in my test Sorretnto was heads and shoulders above the rest.  Of course that was not only a long time ago but my testing IIRC was only shredded in the bag.  I'm working on a DD Chi-pie this weekend and the cheese I'm using is Sorrento.  I've got a Polly-O on deck for the next one as a comparison.   I'm going to take a look for that GV WM at Walmart. 

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Re: Newbie and cheese.........
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2012, 08:53:03 AM »
A brand of mozzarella I seldom see anyone talk about is Dragone. A few years back it was picked by CU as there top choice. For a long time I couldn't find it locally, but just last week I was in a store in a neighboring town and saw that they had Dragone mozzarella. I plan on returning to that store later this week, I'm curious and have to pick up a pound and give it a try. I will report back when I sample the Dragone cheese.