String cheese

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String cheese
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Traditional Korbáčiky from Slovakia

String cheese is any of several different types of cheese where the manufacturing process aligns the proteins in the cheese, which makes it stringy.

When mozzarella is heated to 60 °C (140 °F) and then stretched, the milk proteins line up.[1][2] It is then possible to peel strings or strips from the larger cheese.

Central Europe[edit]

In Slovakia, korbáčiky are made,[3] which is a salty sheep milk cheese, available smoked or unsmoked. It is traditionally made by hand-pulling steamed sheep's cheese into strings and braiding them. Cow milk versions are also available.[4][5] The town of Zázrivá is known as the center of the production of this cheese. Similar cheeses are found also in the adjacent regions of South Poland.

Eastern Europe/West Asia[edit]

In Turkey, the most common type of string cheese is dil peyniri ("tongue cheese"), a fresh white cheese made from cow's milk, traditionally in the provinces of Bilecik and Bursa. The stringy texture of dil becomes even more prominent when the cheese is melted.[6]

In Armenia, traditional string cheese, chechil, is made with a white base. The type of milk used usually comes from an aged goat or sheep depending upon the production methods of the area of choice.[7] It is seasoned with black cumin[8] and mahleb, and is traditionally sold in the form of a braided endless loop.[9] The cheese forms into strings due to how it is pulled during processing. It is also made in Syria and Turkey, both countries with significant Armenian populations.

In Georgia and Russia string cheese is known as tenili (ტენილი ყველი [ka], Тенили [ru]). It is made from fermented sheep's milk and cream allowed to mature for 60 days in a salted and dried veal stomach.

Western Europe[edit]

Cheestrings became a popular snack in the UK and Republic of Ireland soon after their introduction in 1996. They are made from real cheese,[10] not processed cheese, by Kerry Group and the mascot is a cartoon character called Mr Strings.[11]

Cheestrings are currently[when?] available in Original (a cheese akin to mozzarella) and the two-colour Twisted variety.[12] Discontinued flavours include cheddar, smoky bacon, and pizza, with the pizza flavour being reintroduced in May 2021 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Cheestrings.[13] [14]

Kerry exports Gouda Cheestrings from Charleville, County Cork to the Netherlands, and a Gouda-Emmental mix to France, where the product is known as Ficello.[15] Low cost imitations of the original cheddar Cheestrings were formerly manufactured in the UK by Tesco, Dairylea, and currently by Dunnes Stores.[16] An item in the product range of the original Kerry Cheestrings, known as Attack-A-Snack (a rival to Dairylea Lunchables), packaged with a tortilla wrap or cracker, sachet of tomato ketchup, and piece of processed ham has been available from the late 90s.[17]

North America[edit]


In Mexico, the first type of string cheese was invented in 1885 by Leobarda Castellanos García at 14 years old. A very popular type of string cheese called Quesillo is sold today in balls of various sizes. It is also known as "Queso Oaxaca" or Oaxaca cheese referred to the place of origin it was invented, and now it's widely popular in all Mexican territories.[citation needed]

United States[edit]

American string cheese

In the United States, string cheese generally refers to snack-sized servings of low-moisture mozzarella. This form of string cheese is roughly cylindrical, about 6 inches (15 cm) long and less than 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter.

The cheese used is commonly a form of mozzarella, or a combination of mozzarella and cheddar. This type of string cheese gets its name because it can be eaten by pulling strips of cheese from the cylinder along its length and eating these strings.[18] It was invented in 1976 by Frank Baker.[19]

Central America and Caribbean[edit]

In the Dominican Republic is produced the "Queso de Hoja", a type of stringy, salty mozzarella in form of a ball, mostly served with toast or crackers.


In Australia, string cheese is sold by Bega Cheese and is called Bega Stringers. String cheese can also be sold in a can.[20][21] In the Marquesas Islands, a popular variety of string cheese is made from breadfruit proteins and buffalo milk, and is marketed under the brand Sea King String.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Julie R. Thomson (6 March 2017), The Real Difference Between String Cheese And Mozzarella Cheese, retrieved 16 February 2018
  3. ^ "Slovak Cheeses – The Foreigner's Guide to Living in Slovakia". Archived from the original on 24 February 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
  4. ^ Versatility of sheep milk – Typical Slovak craftsmanship, folk skills and traditions – Slovak Folk Culture Through Amateur Eyes
  5. ^ "Orava natives cheesed off by Polish competition for beloved wares". The Slovak Spectator. 12 February 2007.
  6. ^ Dil (Dil peyniri). TasteAtlas, 8 May 2019.
  7. ^ "AOH food – String cheese". Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2006.
  8. ^ "Middle Eastern salad". The Boston Globe. 11 April 2007.
  9. ^ "Armenian String Cheese Braided String Cheese Angel Hair Fine Tresses Mshallaleh Mediterranean".
  10. ^ "FAQs".
  11. ^ "Kerry Group".
  12. ^ "Cheestrings Twisted - Strings & Things double the colour, double the fun".
  13. ^ "31 foods that made being a kid in the nineties so damn good | Metro News". 14 October 2017. Archived from the original on 14 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Cheestrings Pizza".
  15. ^ "Super string theory". The Irish Times.
  16. ^ O'Faolain, Aodhan. "Kerry claims Dunnes has infringed trademark with peelable cheese product". The Irish Times.
  17. ^ "The Advertising Archives | Packaging | Cheese Strings | 2000s".
  18. ^ "What Makes String Cheese Stringy?". Kitchen Daily. HuffPost. 16 April 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  19. ^ Basu, Tanya (21 November 2014). "The Secret Life of String Cheese". The Atlantic. Atlantic Media. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  20. ^ "String Cheese". Bega Cheese.
  21. ^ "Stringers Cheddar". Bega Cheese.

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