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Work the Curd

A cheesemaker pulls a big fold of mozzarella

Once formed, most cheeses are left alone.
Not fresh mozzarella.

Proto-mozzarella is cut into strips

The cheesemaker continues to cut the proto-mozzarella

It must be pressed…

The cheesemaker pats the mozzarella

and pulled… and coaxed…

Stretching the mozzarella

and shaped by a hot bath and a strong hand…

Shaping a ball of mozzarella

Further shaping the mozzarella ball

until it floats like a soft pillow in a fresh milky pool.

Balls of mozzarella float in a bowl

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