Cooks know the best recipes get even better when they use high-quality ingredients. For pizza product developers, that means investing in real cheese. Many consumers will pass on a frozen pizza that’s too expensive, so controlling cheese costs is critical to creating a successful product. That’s why some pizza makers are turning to an artesian food-making process: Fermentation.
Fermentation, or zymology as it’s known in chemistry circles, breaks down a substance using microorganisms. Typically, we think of fermentation as the technique used for making beer and wine. But in foods such as cheese, it can be used to produce natural variations in texture and flavor. Through fermentation, pizza manufacturers can carefully dial in subtle flavors, adding a butter note or a bolder cheese taste.
Because of its ability to provide a premium taste without a premium cost, fermentation is becoming increasingly popular as a superior method for enhancing flavors and creating new, distinctive flavor profiles. These flavor profiles resonate with the taste of natural cheese, allowing a food producer to bring an outstanding product to the market that is also affordable for pizza lovers. Food manufacturers no longer have to worry about investing in block cheese, subsequently driving up the cost of a product and ultimately impacting the bottom line.
Even the most identifiable cheese flavors, which some would argue require extensive aging, can be achieved through fermentation. Think of the richness of a traditional Parmesan, a nutty Asiago, or a robust mozzarella, all created in less time, with less block cheese. For a pizza manufacturer, this means having the capability to efficiently incorporate remarkably accurate cheese notes into a product. Fermentation saves time and money in the pizza ingredient supply chain, while still offering a superb pizza product to consumers.
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