This Super-Simple Hack Makes Shredding Mozzarella the Easiest It’s Ever Been

published Jun 2, 2022
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Grating mozzarella
Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman / Food Stylist: Anna Stockwell

If you’ve ever had to shred a block of mozzarella cheese, then you know just how difficult shredding softer cheeses can be. While there is always the option to buy a bag of shredded cheese, there’s something I love about getting that fresh block of mozzarella and pretending I just picked it up from some Italian market while on my way home instead of my local Key Food. The only downside to this preference is when the recipe calls for shredded mozzarella, how in the world am I supposed to shred this wet, soft mess?  

Cue August DeWindt, aka Theres.Food.At.Home, who recently took to her TikTok page to clue us in on her secret to shredding mozzarella with ease. Now, let me preface this by saying I was shocked at how simple, yet effective her method is. And as a forewarning, it may be a face-palm moment for you just as it was for me. So, what’s the trick? Placing your mozzarella in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until it is nice and firm before tackling the task.

This method makes so much sense, and I plan on ditching the cheap bags of shredded mozzarella from here on out. Anything I can do to make me feel like an authentic Italian chef, sign me up.  

Now, if you’ve anything like me, you’ve probably now have Italian cuisine on your mind. If you’re itching to put this kitchen hack to the test, this Italian Meatloaf Recipe is a pleasant upgrade from the traditional meatloaf recipe and has a better-for-you amount of mozzarella to be shredded. Additionally, this Stuffed Pepper Casserole takes the time and work out of making stuffed peppers, but offers the same wholesome taste that you know and love.