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Offline pbspelly

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Anyone tried the shredded mozzarella bags available at Costco?
« on: December 02, 2013, 09:52:43 AM »
curious how Costco cheese stands up to Grande or some of the other favorites?


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Re: Anyone tried the shredded mozzarella bags available at Costco?
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2013, 10:39:43 AM »
I have used the Kirkland Brand of shredded WM LM mozzarella and didn't think it was anything special.  Since then, though, I don't buy shredded cheese anymore.  It does not stand up to Grande, but I have tried Grande and don't think it is worth buying again at $28/loaf and a 40 minute drive.

Yesterday I bought Frigo brand WM LM mozzarella loaf from Costco and it smells like buttered popcorn while you are grating it.  I used it in my lasagna and can't wait to try it on my pizza Friday - it was deelish!

My two cents, skip the Kirkland and go for the Frigo  ;)

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Re: Anyone tried the shredded mozzarella bags available at Costco?
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2013, 05:49:37 PM »
A long time ago I read that shredded cheeses are mixed with cellulose to keep the shredded cheese from clumping together.  These bags have a long shelf life and I know my grated cheese will begin to clump within 24 hours.  I checked the ingredients for the block cheese I use, Mozzarellisima from Saputo

Mozzarellissima
Ingredients
Pasteurised milk, modified milk ingredients, bacterial culture, salt, calcium chloride, microbial enzyme.

The shredded Mozzarelissima  contains:

Mozzarellissima Shredded Cheese (Regular)

Ingredients
Pasteurised milk, modified milk ingredients, bacterial culture, salt, calcium chloride, microbial enzyme, lipase, cellulose, natamycin.

For that reason I have never felt comfortable buying grated grated cheese.

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Re: Anyone tried the shredded mozzarella bags available at Costco?
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2013, 05:56:14 PM »
Mary Ann, you will be very happy with the taste of Frigo. It has a great taste and melts beautifully.
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Re: Anyone tried the shredded mozzarella bags available at Costco?
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2013, 10:16:58 PM »
Mary Ann, you will be very happy with the taste of Frigo. It has a great taste and melts beautifully.

Thanks, Chaz.  I'm sure I will be happy with it on pizza - Friday can't come fast enough.  I accidentally bought the Saputo part skim instead of whole milk mozzarella loaf the last time I went to RD.  It tasted pretty good for a part skim cheese.  So I had a good feeling that I would like the whole milk Frigo.  I believe they are the same company.  I will still try the Calabro at some point.

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Re: Anyone tried the shredded mozzarella bags available at Costco?
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2013, 10:33:27 PM »
Yes they are the same. I buy the whole milk Saputo from RD for my pies at home and catering.
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Re: Anyone tried the shredded mozzarella bags available at Costco?
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2013, 04:01:30 PM »
Did they just start selling the Frigo at Costco?  I've never seen at the stores in IL.
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Re: Anyone tried the shredded mozzarella bags available at Costco?
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2013, 04:16:05 PM »
Did they just start selling the Frigo at Costco?  I've never seen at the stores in IL.

Nate,

They've been selling it at my local Costco since September.
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Re: Anyone tried the shredded mozzarella bags available at Costco?
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2013, 04:29:37 PM »
Nate,

They've been selling it at my local Costco since September.

Cool.  I will have to check it out.
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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2013, 09:23:27 PM »
No Frigo at my Costco :-(
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Re: Anyone tried the shredded mozzarella bags available at Costco?
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2013, 09:35:28 PM »
I've tried the costco mozzarella. I like it. I bought the 2lb bag. They also carry a 5lb bag that's a better value but that would last me too long and I'd probably end of throwing some out.

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Re: Anyone tried the shredded mozzarella bags available at Costco?
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2013, 10:08:03 PM »
The Kirkland Mozz isn't that bad especially if you have some good pepperoni like Ezzo to go with it.
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Re: Anyone tried the shredded mozzarella bags available at Costco?
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2014, 06:27:01 PM »
The Kirkland Signature Mozzarella cheese is made with part skim milk. I prefer Whole Milk Mozzarella on my pizza because there is more flavor than part skim milk cheese. Check the Deli Cases at Costco. They also carry whole mozzarella and Fresh Mozzarella cheese as well.


http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,17415.msg297106.html#msg297106

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Re: Anyone tried the shredded mozzarella bags available at Costco?
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2014, 09:50:55 PM »
I use costco (kirkland) shredded cheese on my pizza because I really can't find anything that is reasonably priced locally. I drizzle some olive oil on it and it makes a huge difference in the way it melts. Its is not bad, but it is also far from great. I also sprinkle a little parm reggiano as well.

As for comparing it to grande, well let its not even close. We have pizza night here once a week at my house and we always have a crowd of about 7 - 9 adults that show up. Well three weeks ago I scored a bag of grande shredded  from a my brother who lives 650 miles away and I didn't tell anyone and everyone noticed the difference in the pizza immediately. They raved at how much better it was that week. It wasn't until the end of the night I told them I switched cheeses. I got them all the hunt for a local supplier now.

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Re: Anyone tried the shredded mozzarella bags available at Costco?
« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2014, 10:23:53 AM »
A long time ago I read that shredded cheeses are mixed with cellulose to keep the shredded cheese from clumping together.  These bags have a long shelf life and I know my grated cheese will begin to clump within 24 hours.  I checked the ingredients for the block cheese I use, Mozzarellisima from Saputo

Mozzarellissima
Ingredients
Pasteurised milk, modified milk ingredients, bacterial culture, salt, calcium chloride, microbial enzyme.

The shredded Mozzarelissima  contains:

Mozzarellissima Shredded Cheese (Regular)

Ingredients
Pasteurised milk, modified milk ingredients, bacterial culture, salt, calcium chloride, microbial enzyme, lipase, cellulose, natamycin.

For that reason I have never felt comfortable buying grated grated cheese.

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I didn't quit buying grated cheese for that reason. After all, every frozen pizza and every chain pizza is going to have grated cheese on it and most people accept the taste. I figure if I am going to make pizza at home and invest the time to do so I should try to make something I can't normally get outside my home. Also, guests love my pizzas and I suspect they don't know it is the natural fresh non-processed ingredients of the sauce, dough and cheese since they are so conditioned to the other.
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Re: Anyone tried the shredded mozzarella bags available at Costco?
« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2014, 11:08:32 AM »
I was using the Polly-O WM muzz but switched to the Frigo WM and like it much more. Plus its better priced.
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Re: Anyone tried the shredded mozzarella bags available at Costco?
« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2014, 07:17:51 PM »
Stretch your own. You can do it in less time than it takes to get to Costco and back.

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Re: Anyone tried the shredded mozzarella bags available at Costco?
« Reply #17 on: March 05, 2014, 12:32:37 AM »
Stretch your own. You can do it in less time than it takes to get to Costco and back.

Uhh, you still have to age it.

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Re: Anyone tried the shredded mozzarella bags available at Costco?
« Reply #18 on: March 12, 2014, 10:28:10 PM »

Uhh, you still have to age it.

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Re: Anyone tried the shredded mozzarella bags available at Costco?
« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2014, 01:54:21 AM »
I liked the cheese on the Costco pizza so I bought a bag of their shredded Mozz...  Not the same stuff.  The Stella brand at SAMs is better. In fact, I called Costco corporate (or was it Stella) and they told me the cheese they put on their pies is a Stella 80/20 Mozz/ prov. mix made especially for them.