So let's talk mozzarella. When we got back from Aruba there was a few ripe tomatoes. They seemed a little early but I wasn't going to complain. Fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, and fresh mozzarella. It doesn't get any better than that. All I needed was the fresh mozzarella. And I mean FRESH. Once you realize how easy it is to make fresh mozzarella you WILL NOT buy that stuff in the stores any more at exorbitant prices like $8.99 a pound! The curd is fairly cheap - I bought it for $4.99 a pound (Do the math - it's half the price!). I bought 3lbs and that will give me a little less than 3lbs of cheese. You can make your own curd but the store bought stuff is pretty good. I have to ask for it at my local Italian store. They do not have it out on display anywhere. I think because if people knew how easy it was to make themselves, they would lose a lot of business at a 50% mark up! I crack up every time when I ask for it. I'm sure they're thinking how does this blue eyed, blonde, non-Italian know how to make mozzarella??!!
|Store bought curd|
|Salt the water|
Now you are ready to wrap it up in the plastic wrap. I sort of spin it in the wrap and knot it.
Then when you have your tomatoes and basil at the ready, you can do this:
|A drizzle of olive oil and a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar - YUM!|