About Best Loved Brands
When you’re looking for the absolute best, grocery shopping can be quite the ordeal—dozens of brands, hundreds of choices. From biscuits to brownies, hot sauce to hummus, it can be hard to know which product will make your recipes really sing. That’s where Taste of Home comes in. Our culinary and editorial experts put 100+ products to the test. After undergoing a thorough review, our Best Loved Brands emerged. Find out which brands you should be shopping for.
Finding the Best Mozzarella Cheese
Whether it’s a gooey lasagna, creamy artichoke dip or just old-fashioned mac and cheese, cheese is what makes our favorite comfort foods so darn comforting. But to make those foods downright irresistible, you need a great cheese, not just a good one. However, with a dairy case stuffed to the brim with cheese options, it can be hard to know which is going to deliver the best results. Don’t worry, though—our Test Kitchen is here to help. Our team of editorial and culinary experts put eight brands of cheese—in this case, block mozzarella—and judged them according to these standards:
The right cheese—we’re talking one that has an amazing creamy flavor, a hint of salt and a smooth texture—makes recipes like this slow cooker white lasagna really come to life. And if you’re wondering, our Test Kitchen highly recommends block cheeses that you can grate yourself—here’s why. Now, let’s find out who makes the best mozzarella!
First Place: Market Pantry
Taking our top spot is Market Pantry, a Target-exclusive brand. This mozzarella offered us exactly what we wanted from a brick of the cheese. The texture was fairly firm but still had a bit of springiness to it making it good for grating, slicing or eating by the chunk. The cheese itself offered us more than just your normal mellow mozzarella flavor; this one had a bit or tang to it—think the mildest of cheddars. This extra kick is what set Target’s cheese apart from the others. That little bit of extra flavor is what’s really going to make your recipes their best yet.
Available exclusively at Target.
Second Place: Trader Joe’s
Up next was Trader Joe’s block mozzarella. This cheese gave us a great creamy texture and flavor accented with a bit of salt. It’s precisely what many of our Test Kitchen experts expected from a nice, firm mozzarella. We recommend grabbing this next time you’re at Trader Joe’s along with these other inexpensive must-haves.
Available exclusively at Trader Joe’s.
Third Place: Kraft
Cheese giant Kraft also gained one of our top spots in this test. Kraft’s mozzarella was a bit firmer than others in our test (which works great for grating). This cheese also had a nice level of salt, and it reminded a few members of our tasting team of a nice string cheese. Who doesn’t love that?
Available at grocers nationwide.
What to Make with Mozzarella Cheese
Like we said before, all sorts of comfort foods get a boost from a nice mozzarella cheese. But we can’t forget about the other classics! The best mozzarella deserves a place in your refrigerator for your next pizza party (be sure to check out our best pizza recipes from across the country) or a tasty Italian dinner. Of course, the options are limitless! Check out our favorite mozzarella recipes.
Let’s not forget about that creamy white lasagna either. Made in a slow cooker, it’s so so simple! Just check it out.
We hope this test inspires you to go a little cheesy in the kitchen. Find other favorites on our Best Loved Brand list.