Now then everybody… we ALL love a pizza right? We’ve probably even all tried our hands at making our own pizza at home (and if not? Why not? Our Home Pizza Making kit is only £15!) and I’m sure we’ve all fallen into the trap of throwing on whatever cheese is kicking about the fridge and then being annoyed as the fat oozes off the edge and it doesn’t bubble up all blistered and browned to perfection… well you know why that happens? Simple… it’s ALL about the mozzarella. As a simple rule, if you want your pizza and it’s delicious cheese top to blister, bubble and brown to perfection… then don’t forget to use mozzarella. With everything!
Don’t take the Borough Box team’s word for it? You don’t have to… this cheese’s place at the top of the pizza tree has now been proven and Mozzarella now holds the righteous place as the favoured fromage to top any pizza in the land as has been proven – by science.
A team of food scientists have actually spent time sitting down and studying the elasticity and other properties of mozzarella and its possible pizza collaborators; Cheddar, Colby, Edam, Emmental, Gruyere and Provolone. Excellent use of time, resources and cheese if ever there was one!
To create the absolute, complete and utter perfect combination of blistering and browning, the scientists from the University of Auckland found that mozzarella was the secret key to getting maximum pizza satisfaction.
The scientists studied the effects of the cheeses’ composition and texture, and how contributing factors such as the amount of free oil, water activity and moisture would make a difference to the final result.
The study, published in the Journal of Food Science, found that putting Cheddar, Colby or Edam alone on a pizza meant that blisters would not easily form as they lacked the elasticity, but the amount of free oil in Gruyere, Provolone and Emmental stopped moisture evaporation, meaning the cheeses couldn’t brown easily.
So what was the best bet for the perfect pizza? Well quite simply, it is just making sure that you use mozzarella. Through combining this cheese with any of the others in the study, it meant the scientists could create different levels of browning or blistering, depending on the preferences yet still retain the oozing yumminess!
“These cheeses can be combined with the easily blistering mozzarella to create a gourmet pizza with a less burnt appearance,” the scientists concluded.
Now we would never suggest mixing any of the truly exceptional cheese we have available on the BoroughBox cheese counter with Mozzarella to just stick it on a pizza and whack it in the oven…. but likewise we would never suggest taking out the whole block and having a bite…
Do what we say… not what we do 😉