How to Melt String Cheese in the Microwave?

How to melt string cheese in the microwave

String cheese is a delicious grab-and-go snack. It is a great and tasty way to add protein and calcium to your diet. It can be eaten by pulling strips of cheese from the cylinder block shape. 

These long stringy snacks are mostly made with mozzarella. But sometimes, string cheese is a combination of mozzarella and cheddar.

Interestingly, it is the manufacturing process that gives string cheese its stringy nature.

In its manufacturing time, the protein is said to be ‘aligned in the cheese’. The mozzarella gets stretched when heated at 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius). And that causes the milk proteins to line up.

You can also enjoy your string cheese as a topping on various snacks and dishes, such as pizza, soups, crackers, or nachos. When string cheese is added to food, it is often in a melted form.

String cheese can be melted either in the oven or microwave. However, the microwave is a faster and easier way to get string cheese to melt compared to the oven.

If you want to know how to melt string cheese in the microwave, and what happens to string cheese when it melts, then keep reading. This article provides answers to these and other related questions.

Can string cheese melt in the microwave?

Yes, string cheese can melt in the microwave.  Remember to remove the string cheese to be melted from its plastic packaging before placing it in the microwave.

It is dangerous to microwave plastic due to the leaching of harmful chemicals from the plastic into the food.

When microwaving string cheese, it is recommended that the power level be set at the low or medium. The reason is to prevent string cheese from losing its moisture and fat. 

Should string cheese be microwaved on high heat, it will dry out the cheese and make it even more stringy in texture.

Having said that, though, it is important to note that string cheese does not get to a gooey, creamy form when microwaved. This happens because string cheese has low moisture and low-fat content.

Where string cheese doesn’t melt through, it will soften up considerably although maintaining its form.

If your need is a smooth melted cheese, perhaps as an addition to a recipe,  melting fresh mozzarella cheese will guarantee that thorough smooth texture.

At what temperature does string cheese melt?

Because string cheese is made either with mozzarella or from a combination of mozzarella and cheddar, its melting point can vary somewhat.

However, a standard temperature for melting string cheese is 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius). 

How quickly string cheese melts depends on the size of the string cheese to be melted. When you cut string cheese into thin slices it will increase the surface area and shorten the cooking time.

But remember that for the most part, string cheese will not always take on a creamy, liquified form when microwaved. It will soften in texture but will likely maintain its shape when microwaved.

How to melt string cheese in the microwave

There are 3 key steps when it comes to melting string cheese in the microwave. 

STEP 1: Unwrap string cheese and cut it into thin slices

Before putting string cheese into the microwave, you must unwrap it from its plastic packaging. The plastic wrap around the string cheese is not microwavable. 

Next, cut string cheese into thin slices. This will help string cheese melt evenly, which will not happen if it is placed in the microwave as a whole block.

By cutting the string cheese into thin slices you are opening up the surface area for a fast and even melting process.

STEP 2: Place string cheese into a microwave-safe dish.

When you have cut up your string cheese into thin slices (make them as even as you possibly can), place them in a microwave-safe dish.

Do not use a plastic container because of its likelihood to leach harmful chemicals into your food.

STEP 3: Put cut up string cheese in the microwave

Lay your cut string cheese neatly over the food you want to use it with and put it inside your microwave. OR you can put the string cheese in the microwave on its own if you are melting it to add to a recipe.

Set your microwave timer for 1 minute or 1.5 minutes. This time frame will give string cheese the needed time to melt or soften.

Never leave string cheese unattended in the microwave. Maintain regular checks within the time frame to prevent the cheese from drying out or getting burnt.

While the time frame of 1 minute to 1.5 minutes is standard, you may need more time if you have placed a large quantity of string cheese in the microwave for melting.

How to melt string cheese in the oven:

When string cheese is melted in the oven it is usually done over food. Because of this, timing and temperature will vary from one baked dish to another.

Having said this, it is standard that string cheese will take on a crispy golden brown color as it bakes in the oven.

However, just like the microwave, string cheese does not melt into liquid or creamy sauce. The string cheese will maintain its shape as it evens out (as it is heated) over the food.

If you are looking to melt string cheese on its own, it is best you use a microwave for this and not an oven.

How come string cheese doesn’t melt?

String cheese melts, but it doesn’t melt into a creamy, liquid sauce. This is because it does not have high moisture content compared to other cheeses. 

Because string cheese is a low moisture cheese, it will only string when heated in the microwave. In spite of that though it is still tasty and enjoyable and makes a perfect addition to your pizza, your lasagne, or soup.

Is string cheese healthy?

String cheese is a great source of protein, calcium, and vitamin D. These nutritious properties make it an ideal snack for adults and growing children 

String cheese is a great post-workout snack because of its high protein content. But that is no excuse to binge on it (note to self).

Thankfully, there are low-fat string cheese options to choose from, for those who want to avoid adding extra pounds.

Things to remember before melting string cheese in the microwave:

String cheese is a tasty snack that can be enjoyed on its own or as a melted topping on your pizza, cracker, or nachos.

The microwave is a fast and easy way to melt string cheese. Below are a few helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • Always cut string cheese into thin slices before putting it in the microwave. This will ensure it cooks faster and evenly.
  • Do not microwave string cheese in its plastic wrap. These plastic wraps are NOT microwave-safe.
  • Place string cheese in microwave-safe containers before putting it in the microwave.
  • Set microwave power level to low or medium. Excessive heat can dry out string cheese or cause it to burn.
  • Remember that string cheese will soften when microwaved. It will not take on a gooey, creamy form. This is because of its low moisture content.

Wrapping up

String cheese is a popular, nutritious snack that can be enjoyed on its own or as an addition to your favorite meal. Be it as a topping or part of a recipe.

Melting string cheese in the microwave is really straightforward, and this article listed 3 key steps when melting string cheese in the microwave.

Also, remember that string cheese is unlike other cheeses out there, it doesn’t melt as they do due to its low moisture and low-fat properties.