Karoun Dairies based in Sun Valley, CA specializes in producing traditional Eastern, Mediterranean, Hispanic, Indian specialty cheeses and cultured dairy products. Founded in 1992, Karoun is run by the Baghdassarian family, originally from Lebanon. The company has grown from creating hand braided String Cheese for local ethnic and specialty grocery stores to creating a wide variety of Mediterranean specialty cheeses and yogurt products with mainstream distribution. Milk for production of Karoun’s cheeses is sourced directly from local farmers within the 30-mile radius of the cheesemaking facility.
Karoun’s Hand-Braided String Cheese was the signature product that launched the company nearly 20 years ago. The Oaxaca version is a Mexican-inspired string cheese that is similar to mozzarella in taste. After the cheese strings are formed, they are twisted by hand into a variety of different-size “braids”.
Oaxaca melts wonderfully and can be used in pizza, nachos, or quesadillas. It’s also fun to just pull the braid apart and eat it fresh. The cheese is available in both plain and caraway seed versions.