Author : Efrain Silva
Guys, let’s talk about one of my favorite types of cheeses, once more (yes, if you know me, you know that I have many different favorites ; as I have many different children but cannot pick a true favorite). It’s time for some Burrata talk! Let’s talk Burrata cheese….
The first thing you might want to know on it (and take notes, cheese lovers, if you truly love cheese) is that the taste of this cheese is so nicely balanced, all in all. It tastes beyond delightful once it hits your mouth. And unlike other cheeses like blue cheese, which taste really strong at first, it does taste just right. I did say “balanced” for a reason.
The creamy center of this cheese is one of the greatest heaven on earth delights you can ever think about. And you have to taste it to know what I truly mean. It’s spectacular, and that is beyond an understatement. And what covers up this nice, creamy, smooth center is nothing less than a soft shell which looks and tastes good, too. Some people eat the shell while others take it out ; it may all depend on the culture you come from as well as your personal taste preference.
What is Burrata Cheese?
Some of the best Italian Burrata cheese comes from the buffalo cow — did you know that? I did not, at first. I admit. Have you even heard of the term ; I, for one, initially did not even know what such a thing as a ‘buffalo cow’ even was or that it existed. Yet we can all learn something new each day, right?
- Basically a pouch of cheese ( almost like a dumpling )
- The outside is made of mozzarella
- Filled with stracciatella ( mozzarella scraps with cream )
- Tied closed with a knot
This type of cheese is best made by hand, carefully woven and shaped up as needed. It’s got that perfect artisan texture to it since many faithful Italian artisans are more than skilled in their craft. Cheese making is an industry, indeed, that is not to be taken lightly ; it is not for the faint of heart but requires a real attention to detail like that of nothing else. This milk is slowly curdled, to further add, with only the proper rennet. And the quality assurance process that goes into all this, especially when the cheese is factory produced, is beyond insane ; many careful hands oversee every single little detail, such as whether or not the cheese has been perfectly curdled to the right degree, no joke.
Mozzarella cheese is likely one of the closest substitutes to this particular cheese. So if you ever run out of it and can’t find more in your local area, go with Mozzarella. It never fails. It’s your best bet. But try not to have to depend on a substitute ; this Burrata cheese, by itself, is just too good to pass up.
Have you learned a bit about Burrata, thus far? I am glad to hear it. You will now have to look for this type of cheese the next time you go shopping.
Lioni Burrata Con Panna from Whole Foods:
Lioni Burrata Con Tartufo, also from Whole Foods:
How Burrata Cheese is Made
Here is a video showing how burrata cheese is made by professionals.
How to make Burrata Cheese at Home
Here is a video showing how you can make burrata cheese yourself, at home.
What is the difference between mozzarella and burrata cheese?
Burrata is made from mozzarella but it has a creamy inside.
How do you eat burrata cheese?
This is up to you. You can by itself or you could put it on top of a salad or pasta.
What does burrata taste like?
Burrata tastes like mozzarella with a really creamy, buttery filling.
Do you eat the skin of burrata?
Absolutely. The skin is basically just mozzarella and is incredibly delicious.
Can you buy burrata at the grocery store?
Yes, I bought mine at Whole Foods. Your store may or may not have it in stock.
What is a substitute for burrata cheese?
You can generally use mozzarella but it isn’t exactly a fair swap. You won’t get that same delicious cream that comes inside burrata.
Can I sub mozzarella for burrata?
Yes, you can substitute mozzarella for burrata but it won’t really be the same.
How long does burrata cheese last in fridge?
Eat it as soon as possible. It is best within the first couple days. It should be fine for about 5 days but after that your results may vary.
Do you drain burrata?
Drain out the liquid that it sits in.
Why is burrata so expensive?
This is because it is so delicious. Also it doesn’t have the longest shelf life and should be consumed while fresh.
What is difference between burrata and bocconcini?
Burrata is basically mozzarella with a cream filling. Bocconcini is basically egg sized mozzarella balls.
What’s in the middle of burrata?
Burrata is filled with stracciatella which is basically mozzarella shreds combined with cream.
How do you know if burrata is bad?
It will smell like old or sour milk. The flavor will be sour and it will taste off.
What does burrata mean in Italian?
It means buttered.
Can burrata be eaten after expiration date?
Probably. It is best eaten fresh but I would give it a try and pay attention to how it tastes and smells.
Can you freeze fresh burrata?
You can but you probably shouldn’t.
Can you serve burrata warm?
Yes. It is supposed to be served at room temperature.