Prevent Pizza With Fresh Mozzarella From Being Watery

Tips to Assure Your Pizza Won't Be Soggy

Homemade margherita pizza with mozzarella cheese and fresh basil
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When making homemade pizza, you have the liberty to choose any toppings you want, including whether you use shredded cheese or fresh mozzarella. The fresh cheese will make for a more appealing-looking pizza, and impart a pleasant chewiness to the bite. Fresh mozzarella has a milky flavor and creamy texture that is delicious on pizza.

Because fresh mozzarella holds so much moisture, however, it can make pizza watery, thus ruining a delicious meal.

Is it possible to prevent your fresh mozzarella pizza from going soggy?

The answer is yes. Fortunately, there are two easy steps you can take to avoid soggy, watery pizza when melting fresh mozzarella.

Lengthen Sitting TimeĀ 

Instead of placing the mozzarella onto the pizza right after it is cut, slice the fresh mozzarella ahead of time and set the slices on a towel to absorb excess moisture for at least 15 minutes. You can also dab the top of the slices to soak up extra moisture. Once the mozzarella slices seem dry add to the pizza and bake.

Shorten Cooking Time

After you have put the sauce and any other toppings on the pizza, place in the oven without the cheese; do not put the fresh mozzarella on the pizza until the last few minutes of cooking time. Fresh mozzarella only takes a few minutes to melt, and if it melts and then continues to sit on the pizza as it bakes, the cheese will start releasing moisture.