How to Make String Cheese Sticks
How many of us have kids who just LOVE string cheese? Did you know you can make it yourself with an ordinary mozzarella recipe?
The trick is in the stretching. You make the mozzarella just as you would ordinarily, either the 30-minute method, or the longer traditional method. Before you start stretching the cheese, make sure you get the temperature of the curd up to about 170°F.
Now pick up the mass of curd, and poke a hole in the middle, so you have a big donut. Stretch that donut into a long loop. Fold it in half, which will give you four “ropes” of cheese, and stretch it again. Fold it again, then stretch it again. Keep doing that until you have a long mass of thin ropes (strings). When the strings are as thin as you want, you can either make a large roll of traditional string cheese, or a set of “cheese sticks.”
For the large roll, just fold the cheese until the mass is about 10 to 12 inches long, and twist the ends in opposite directions. Poke the ends back into the cheese mass to secure them. You can double it over, if you like, to make a sort of braided knot.
For the cheese sticks, stretch out the cheese so that it makes a roll about 1/2 inch in diameter, then cut it into 6-inch sticks. Twist each stick a little if you like (but it’s not necessary). Pinch the ends together to seal them off.
Now set the cheese in a dry place to let it set.
You can package the sticks into small zipper-style bags for easy transport or storage.
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