March 6, 2015
Queso quesillo is a Mexican string cheese that, especially outside of Mexico, is also known as queso Oaxaca. However it’s named, this is an extremely stretchy cheese–along one direction only. Milk proteins are aligned as the cheese is balled for curing to result in a strips that require a great deal of force to tear apart when smaller quantities than the whole ball are demanded for purchase.
The quarter pound of cheese illustrated above came from Oaxaca City in the Oaxaca state of Mexico. In the La Milagrosa Quesería there, they refer to it as “queso quesillo”–as “queso Oaxaca” seems a bit confusing there more than any other place in the world.
Queso quesillo is commonly used in quesadillas where it remains as a single cohesive mass when melted due to the length and strength of its contained proteins.
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