Karen’s Commentary: I am a definite string cheese-a-holic, and consider myself pretty much of a connoisseur since I’ve purchased and taste-tested every brand in Stater Brothers Market and Walmart. I am a fan of the “dry” kind with less moisture, rather than the “wet” more-moisture kind. Because it would be good for me to lose a little weight (okay, a lot), I always buy the “light” string cheese. For most people it probably wouldn’t be a factor because they would eat string cheese only once in a great while. But for me, it’s a major factor because my almost-every-single-morning-of-the-year breakfast consists of string cheese and a banana. Yes, you read that right – cheese and a banana – Breakfast of Champions! So now for my expert opinion on the very best brand. For many years, it was Weight Watchers brand at Stator Brothers, but they have now stopped carrying that brand, and their own Stater Brothers brand is a very distant second choice. As for Walmart, they carry the absolutely best string cheese on the planet – Sargento. It comes out way ahead of all the other brands and is totally consistent in quality. And one more thing about Sargento, even their packaging is superior. If you’ve ever tried to open a single piece of string cheese, you know how difficult it can be, trying to get ahold of those two little pieces of plastic so you can pull apart the covering – only to then have it tear crooked most of the time, causing even more frustration. Well, Sargento has that under control by simply crimping the edge of one of the two plastic “opener” pieces, making it so easy to pull them apart. And Sargento’s plastic packaging never tears crooked – I’m assuming that’s because it’s better quality. So now you know everything you ever wanted to know about string cheese but were afraid to ask!
Handy Hint: Become a pizza chef and a money saver at the same time! Buy pre-made pizza dough at the store, add tomato sauce from a jar, cheese, herbs and toppings for a total of about $4 per pizza.