A lot of people who read our recipes and watch our Youtube videos come to us with one question, “How many cups of mozzarella cheese are in one pound?”
Many recipes call for this conversion, with varying accuracy of the information.
To tell you the truth, we honestly did not know the answer. And while the online calculators we used were mostly accurate, we figured we would run this little experiment to see for ourselves.
We promise that this information is as accurate as it can get.
We went through all the steps, used all the tools, and did everything perfectly so you can easily do this for yourself at home. We got the tools necessary, measured and weighed the ingredients, and made this as perfect as possible.
Here’s how we did it!
*Don’t feel like reading? We recorded our process in a Youtube video, which you can watch below!*
What we used
*Disclaimer, we ran this experiment using measurements from the United States Customary System rather than the Metric System.
To run our little experiment, we used a handful of common kitchen tools to help us get to our answer.
We’d recommend you use these tools too if you wanted to run the experiment yourself.
The most obvious contender (besides the cheese) is a food scale.
You can get these at Target or Walmart, or even on Amazon. Make sure you set the weight setting to pounds, as most food scales come pre-set to ounces. If you accidentally record pounds of cheese as ounces of cheese, consider yourself doomed and start the whole process over.
Now, let’s talk cheese. It’s important to use a low moisture whole milk mozzarella cheese. You’ll often find these qualities in lots of semi-hard cheeses.
For this, we always recommend Grande Cheese.
Get this at the grocery store, or use a grocery delivery service to get it sent straight to your house (not without paying a delivery fee, of course).
This isn’t an incredibly soft cheese, but it is soft enough to give you that creamy mozzarella taste you want, but hard enough for you to easily grate.
Which, speaking of cheese grating, brings us to our next tool:
A big old cheese grater.
Honestly, though, there are easier tools to use than this that we thought about after the fact.
Save yourself some time and use a food processor, or a cheese grater plug-in for a Kitchenaid mixer. You can get freshly grated cheese in about a quarter of the time it takes to grate it by hand, which sounds like a win win to us.
Next up comes the handy dandy measuring cup.
In terms of measuring cups, we actually like to break this down as much as possible to get the most accurate information when recording each cup of mozzarella.
We’d recommend going with ¼ cups or ½ cups; either is fine. We used ½ cups for this, and it ended up being perfect.
Last but not least, get a big bowl to put all of the cheese in.
Let’s get measuring!
How we measured everything
First things first, low moisture whole milk mozzarella cheese comes in massive packages that easily weigh over one pound.
Rather than playing the guessing game with too much cheese or dividing your numbers into a pit of doom, cut off smaller amounts of cheese and weigh those, adding everything to the scale one by one until you get to 1lb.
These are the cubes from the cheese block that you will be grating.
If you have a cheese grater, use the largest grate size when grating this by hand.. They grate the cheese faster and larger than the smaller holes, making it much easier for you to do on your own.
Of course, if you have a food processor or cheese grater Kitchenaid attachment, use these. They’ll give you freshly grated cheese in seconds, which will cut down a ton of time when running this experiment yourself.
Once you have your cheese grated, it’s time to put your measuring skills to the test.
Again, we used ½ cups to measure the cheese, but you’ll get the same amount of accuracy from using ¼ cups.
Fit grated cheese into each cup, leveling everything off slowly before you count the measurement. We put the measured cheese into a large bowl, but you can use a cutting board, a plate, whatever is easiest.
Measuring and leveling everything off perfectly, it took us exactly 4.5 cups to go through the entire pound of cheese.
Which gives us our answer:
There are 4.5 cups of mozzarella cheese in one pound.
Do with this information as you will.
Convert it to ounces or fluid ounces of cheese, or any other conversion factors that you can think of by using a unit converter.
Use it to make your life easier when looking up recipes. Reference it when you’re eating shredded cheese by the handful. Whatever works for you, just know that this information is as accurate as you can possibly get.
WTF do I do with all of this shredded cheese?
There are many things you can do with all of this fresh mozzarella.
Toss it together with some basil, olive oil, balsamic, and tomato to make your family some delicious Caprese salads.
Serve it over your favorite pasta with tomato or vodka sauce to add some cheesy goodness to your meals.
Use this shredded mozzarella instead of your favorite store-bought cheese blend when making pizza (it tastes much better fresh, trust us.)
Eat it by the handful. It’s a good source of calcium.
For some easy ideas for Mozzarella cheese, be sure to check out all of our own recipes.
*Note: This experiment was done using low moisture whole milk mozzarella cheese. Not parmesan cheese, not bleu cheese, mozzarella cheese. The exact amount of cheese in a pound may be different depending on the kind of cheese you use, and using this measurement on anything other than mozzarella cheese may affect the overall outcome of a recipe.