How Do You Slice Mozzarella Cleanly?

updated May 2, 2019
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Q: What’s the best way to slice balls of fresh mozzarella cleanly and neatly? I’m usually able to get a few clean slices with a knife, but then the soft cheese start squishing. Any advice?

Sent by Jennifer

Editor: Ah! A perennial problem! I usually muddle through by holding the sides of the mozzarella as I slice to try and keep everything compact. I’ve heard of some people using dental floss to make a very clean cut, which makes me also think that one of those cheese slicers with a wire would also work well.

Readers, what’s your best advice for neatly slicing mozzarella?