Can you mix mozzarella and cheddar? (a good reason to do so)

In this article, we will answer the following question: “Can you mix mozzarella and cheddar?” and discuss the benefits of mixing mozzarella and cheddar and what are the differences between these two types of cheese and the risks of mixing mozzarella and cheddar.

Can you mix mozzarella and cheddar?

Yes, you can mix mozzarella and cheddar cheese into a delicious combination. The mixture of mozzarella is very common, due to the different properties of these cheeses (2).

While mozzarella is a soft cheese with a high moisture content and produced without ageing, cheddar is usually aged and classified as a hard cheese (3).

What are the benefits of mixing mozzarella and cheddar?

The benefits of mixing mozzarella and cheddar are the improvement of the properties achieved by this mixture when compared to the cheeses by themselves.

Mozzarella has a fibrous texture and good melting and stretching properties, making it the best option to be used in cooking applications as a topping, such as in pizza. However, mozzarella has a mild flavour and a not attractive colour (1).

The lack of flavour makes it less appreciated as a table cheese, contrary to cheddar, which is flavourful, especially after ageing (3).

Cheddar has less positive melting and stretching properties, which makes it less appropriate to be used as a pizza topping. On the other hand, it has a dark orange colour and a markable flavour.

Therefore, mixing these two kinds of cheese can be very positive, as it results in a mixture that has flavour, colour and good stretching and melting properties. Processed cheese products are commonly made with the amalgamation of these two cheese types (2). 

What are the differences between mozzarella and cheddar?

There are many differences between mozzarella and cheddar. Mozzarella is an Italian cheese, while cheddar is a cheese that originated in the United Kingdom (3).

Both cheese types were included in the cuisine of the United States and are among the most consumed by Americans (4). Until 2002, cheddar was one of the most consumed cheeses in the United States. The popularity of pizza led to an increase in the consumption of mozzarella (3).

Cheddar can ripen for periods varying from 3 months to 2 years, which changes the properties of the cheese, especially regarding its texture and flavour, while mozzarella cheese rarely ripens. 

This results in different characteristics and applications of these cheese types. While mozzarella is used especially in the preparation of pizza due to its texture when baked, cheddar is used as a table cheese as an appetizer and as a food ingredient to prepare sauces, dips and spreads to be eaten together with tortillas (5).

The table below shows the properties of mozzarella and cheddar (1,3):

Cheese mozzarella (high moisture) cheddar
milk processing pasteurized milk undergoes thermization (a thermal process at 30 °C (87 °F) 
milk origin cow cow, goat or sheep
fat content 18 to 60 % in dry mass above 50 % in dry matter
ripening not ripened internally ripened
texture soft hard
pH 5.6 5.15 to 5.45
flavour milky, mild aromatic, sharp, aged
salt content 0.1 to 0.5 % may vary

What are the risks of mixing mozzarella with cheddar?

The risk of mixing mozzarella with cheddar is that both cheese types contain a high concentration of sodium in their composition. As reported in a study, the salt content of commercial cheeses of mozzarella and cheddar types was above 600 mg for each 100 g portion in most of the samples analyzed (4).

The risk of including too much salt in the diet is of increased risk of developing high blood pressure, which is related to a higher incidence of heart stroke. 

The upper limit of salt ingestion for an adult male is 2,300 mg daily, however, health authorities recommend that this level should be reduced to 1,500 mg a day, to reduce the incidence of hypertension and other diseases in the population.

Other FAQs about Mozarella that you may be interested in.

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In this article, we answered the following question: “Can you mix mozzarella and cheddar?” and discussed the benefits of mixing mozzarella and cheddar and what are the differences between these two types of cheese and the risks of mixing mozzarella and cheddar.

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