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Apparently as of MArch will be kosher under the OU!

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  1. Where did you get this information from?

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    1. re: seikoloco

      it's on twitter, and my friend heard on nachim segal- jm in the am this morning.

    2. What's even more impressive is the report that they may be going kosher for their entire line. https://twitter.com/GilStudent/status...

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      1. re: avitrek

        I wonder if this will include Kraft bacon products?

        1. re: elansey

          Why not? We've had kosher baco-bits for ages!

        1. yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my husband adores string cheese, and maybe now we will have an affordable option!

          1. This would be incredible if true. I'd love to hear something a bit more verifiable.

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            1. re: bethanyshondark

              I hope it's true too. There is nothing on the Kraft or the OU's website about this. I emailed Kraft's consumer relations people to confirm it and haven't heard back yet. Hopefully I'll hear back soon and I'll share what they tell me

              1. re: bethanyshondark

                I just got off the phone with the OU and dug around their website. It's true!!!!!!!

                1. re: sharonfl

                  The String cheese news? Or that the entire cheese line is going kosher?

                  1. re: avitrek

                    All I saw on the website is the Polly O mozzarella line. When I searched for Kraft cheese nothing came up. Does anybody have any other information?

                    1. re: sharonfl

                      Did you ask the OU if all cheeses were going to become OU certified or just Polly O string cheese?

                  2. re: sharonfl

                    From a search on the OU site: http://product_search.oukosher.org/#polly-o

                    I tried searching Kraft Singles and Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (two recognizable, if not especially chow-ish, products), and neither search produced a list on the OU site. That does not mean they won't be kosher, just that they are not listed as such on the website. I'm thinking that people will need to check periodically in the supermarket.

                    There is also a caveat on the website that: "The OU website provides a search field for OU certified products. Kosher consumers are sometimes surprised when they do not find OU products on the website. In truth, not all OU certified products are recorded on-line, as some companies have asked that their certified products not be posted for a variety of reasons. If you are uncertain if an OU symbol is authorized, please contact the OU office at 212-613-8241 or kosherq@ou.org."

                    1. re: sharonfl

                      Where on the website did you find it?

                      1. re: PotatoPuff

                        http://product_search.oukosher.org/#polly-o

                        1. re: my3princesses

                          thanks! I'm desperately excited about this (and I don't even eat string cheese!) Apparently there will also be some non-string cheeses too! This will be so helpful when travelling to places with limited kosher options.

                    1. To be honest, in some ways I'm more excited about the blocks of mozzarella. The 74th st Fairway seems to have stopped carrying Cappiello, so having a kosher option there will be nice.

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                      1. re: masteraleph

                        From the OU facebook page under polly-o:

                        lite ricotta cheese
                        mozzarella - fat free
                        mozzarella - fior di latte
                        mozzarella - gourmet whole milk
                        mozzarella - loaf (red cuc) - low moist part skim
                        mozzarella - part skim
                        mozzarella - tie curd
                        non fat ricotta cheese
                        original ricotta cheese
                        part-skim ricotta cheese

                        1. re: ganeden

                          The funny thing is when I emailed Kraft. They took days to answer me that they didn't have that information!

                          1. re: sharonfl

                            I emailed them about it and got a confusing, non-answer.

                          2. re: masteraleph

                            When you go to Fairway it might be a good idea to go to the kosher cheese department and try the Cheese guy fresh Mozzarella. It certainly is a better cheese than the major brands such as Kraft.
                            It is sold in a block. It may cost a little more, but worth it.

                            1. re: jeffrosenbaum

                              The "cost a little more" is the problem. I can still get the Cappiello at the Harlem Fairway, so they haven't stopped making it. But since Fairway no longer seems to have a Kosher buyer (see the dearth of balsamic vinegars and the fact that they never got any of the mor erecent supply of parmigiano reggiano), I stop in only as a minor supplement to what I can't find elsewhere.

                              1. re: masteraleph

                                Far be it from me to tell you to waste money. I also like Cappiello. My only disagreement (if we have one) is that there is always a question whether price or quality is the most important. Obviously it depends on the product, and how important it is to you. Since you speak of parmigiano reggiano I know that price is not the major issue on all products. The Cheese guy cheeses are worth a try to those who have not as of yet sampled them.

                          3. Any idea when these with the OU will actually be on store shelves??

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                            1. re: seikoloco

                              I checked West Side Market in the Upper West Side yesterday and everything was still KD.

                              1. re: seikoloco

                                If I had to guess, it'll be after Pesach.

                                1. re: helou

                                  I'm surprised they didn't do a pesach run this year. Once they are kashering the equipment for the OU, might as well take advantage and release the cheese for pesach when the equipment is KP. Next year would require an extra kashering and is a separate debate.

                              2. Anyone seeing this with OU yet on shelves????

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                                1. re: seikoloco

                                  I keep checking my local stores and haven't seen it yet.

                                  1. re: sharonfl

                                    Someone at a pesach meal I went to has seen them at a grocery store in the Upper West Side.

                                    1. re: CloggieGirl

                                      I'm on the Upper West and haven't seen them anywhere yet...

                                    2. re: sharonfl

                                      me, too. nothing here in NJ :-(

                                      1. re: noya

                                        I have been checking too with no luck. The most recent batch I checked (best by June) was not OU.

                                          1. re: cheesecake17

                                            Neither in the Village or at Kips Bay Fairway...this is getting a bit disappointing :(

                                      2. re: sharonfl

                                        Good news! I got a package of plain and jalapeño string cheese just now OU certified! Kosher Polly-o has hit the shelves!!! Had a coupon too. Sweet!

                                          1. re: koshergourmetmart

                                            Won't help you New Yorkers but at the Sandy Springs Circle Kroger in Atlanta. Both packages have best by dates in July so whenever your stores restock they'll probably show up.

                                            1. re: sharonfl

                                              I looked at a large package in BJ's today. The sell date was September but it had a KD on it. I think it may depend on which plant it comes from.

                                          2. re: sharonfl

                                            love that I'll be able to buy string cheese anywhere, and with a coupon!!

                                        1. re: seikoloco

                                          I found it in Staten Island, New York Shop Rite! 2% with tiny ou on it. Had to dig around to find it (the string cheese)

                                          1. re: seikoloco

                                            Where was the OU on the package? Couldn't find it today, but I was wondering if I just missed it.

                                            1. re: masteraleph

                                              It's at the bottom on the front of the package next to the package weight. It's the same spot occupied by the KD.

                                        2. My friend in Atlanta saw flavored Kraft (not Polly-O) string cheese with an OU today. Pretty cool.

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                                          1. re: tamarw

                                            I'm in Atlanta! Where did your friend see it?!?

                                            1. I wonder if this will drive down the prices of the standard kosher brands. When people realize they can get string cheese at half the price, will they still pay for the (non chalav yisroel) kosher brands?

                                              1. Perhaps the beginning of the end of kosher price gouging ?

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                                                1. re: MartyB

                                                  I worry about the feedback Cabots had when they had their limited OU run, and chose to discontinue it as the cost/hassle did not outweigh perceived sales increases. I hope Polly-O- Kraft does not do the same thing and go backwards on the OU rather than expanding it to other Kraft cheeses and cheese related products. (Mac and Cheese!)

                                                2. FOUND TODAY IN NJ!!!!!! I gasped with excitement upon seeing the OU on a 2% Polly-O String Cheese. SO EXCITING!!!

                                                  1. found in livingston, nj shop rite-the oud is where the KD is now

                                                     
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                                                    1. re: koshergourmetmart

                                                      Yes! Thanks for sharing.

                                                      /I thought you shopped at the WO Shop Rite. :-)

                                                      1. re: DeisCane

                                                        I shop in lots of places. I shop at stop and shop because of their gas promo. I am due,to save 2.00 per gallon,of gas

                                                        1. re: koshergourmetmart

                                                          I was just goofing. That's a sweet deal, though. Which S&S do you go to? Union?

                                                            1. re: koshergourmetmart

                                                              Ah, I didn't realize there was one out there.

                                                    2. Found ou jalapeno at stop n shop west Caldwell

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                                                      1. re: koshergourmetmart

                                                        But is it good? Better than natural and kosher string cheese?

                                                        1. re: kosherdoc

                                                          Who cares? It will likely be cheaper, as well as more available (to those of us who don't shop in exclusively kosher stores) than the kosher brands currently are

                                                          1. re: superdanni

                                                            If they didn't change the formula, it will taste better than the kosher brands I've had.

                                                            1. re: superdanni

                                                              To me, the exciting thing is that it adds something else that I can turn to when I'm stuck somewhere in the US without much in the way of kosher resources. It's an easy source of protein that I could eat with, say, a piece of fruit and some crackers, and have an OK meal. I always keep an eye out for things that can make easy 'supermarket meals,' things that I can buy in a typical US supermarket and that don't require cooking or much preparation.

                                                              1. re: superdanni

                                                                Really? It doesn't matter how it tastes, as long as it's cheaper (and available)? I can't really understand that philosophy, and it doesn't seem very "chowish," but to each his own.

                                                                1. re: superdanni

                                                                  "Who cares" Seriously!? Isn't this the site about finding good food. If the kosher brand (and right now I'm partial to natural kosher with the red label) is better (and I'm not saying its going to be) then I would continue to buy the kosher brand as opposed to kraft.

                                                                  I wasn't commenting on the fact that its going to be infinitely more accessible than kosher brand and in a pinch I would totally buy it for something to eat. But I haven't had much problem finding cheese in the past. Even walmart sells capriello mozzarella in a lot of the stores. Trader Joes will also have, in addition to goat cheese and feta at a lot of stores. Even whole foods has a kosher cheddar line...
                                                                  And I would take a nice ripe avocado over an ok stick of string cheese any day.

                                                                  1. re: kosherdoc

                                                                    While I'm also wondering how the taste compares to kosher brands, I have to disagree about the accessibility of kosher cheese. When you're in the middle of nowhere -- or even in a city that is not on the east coast -- at a local supermarket with no access to TJ's and WF, it's pretty much impossible to find kosher cheese (not including cream cheese, etc), until this. So for me, that's pretty exciting.

                                                                    But I've also never been able to try interesting-sounding flavors like they have, so I'm hoping they're good-tasting, too. Anyone have a chance to try them yet? Feedback?

                                                                    1. re: hbg1

                                                                      The only flavored one I've been able so far to find with the OU is the jalapeño. I like it!

                                                                2. re: kosherdoc

                                                                  It tasted the same, maybe a little more firm than the KD batches. No real noticeable differences.

                                                              2. I've never noticed much variation among string cheese brands. I'll go with the cheap.

                                                                1. Went to BJs and only found KD. I am curious, have they reformulated to get the OU designating if not then would the KD ones be ok?

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                                                                  1. re: MartyB

                                                                    i am guessing that they are using up old packaging-better to check with the ou. there are dates in the back of the packages and they may know which is good.

                                                                  2. For those unaware, Polly-O was founded by Giuseppe Pollio in Brooklyn in 1899. It was the world's first large scale producer of Italian cheeses, today making 100 million lbs/year. Kraft acquired Polly-O in 1986

                                                                    All production takes place at an enormous plant in Campbell, NY, in the heart of a large dairy farming region. From the list of products that will be under OU supervision, clearly consists of only Polly-O products. For those who are curious, Polly-O is by far the best tasting string cheese, the only one my daughter would eat.

                                                                    As for further kosher products, such as mac n'cheese, don't get your hopes up. Other than being produced at a different location, the ingredients are far more complex than Italian cheese. You may be stuck with Foulds and Wacky Mac!

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                                                                    1. re: dk50b

                                                                      And Publix mac and cheese! Well, if you live near a Publix or have loving family who does.

                                                                    2. Any sighting in Costco in Lawrence? What about local stores, Gourmet Glatt or Brachs?

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                                                                      1. re: MartyB

                                                                        Not in any of the kosher 5T markets yet. Do you think they will even carry it? I'm thinking their dairy suppliers will not be happy about it, and could stop offering the usual promotions that bring the price down to $2.50 for a bag of shredded mozzarella. They will probably inflate the price to match the Milller's anyway. Also not in Key Food, S&S or King Kullen as of Friday.

                                                                        1. re: websterhall1994

                                                                          the kosher markets all carry Polly-O ricotta. I imagine they will carry the mozzarella sticks as well

                                                                          1. re: susiejane

                                                                            I think the ricotta is a different story- none of the Jewish brands make non-cholov yisroel ricotta so there is no competition for kosher dollars

                                                                      2. Found at Fairway on the Upper West Side! Only 2 of the types had an O-U so far: Regular (Plain) and Reduced Fat.

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                                                                        1. re: PotatoPuff

                                                                          Has anyone seen the blocks of mozzarella yet? Or just the string cheese?

                                                                          1. re: avitrek

                                                                            No blocks yet, just various string cheeses. Tomato basil showed up today

                                                                        2. Found a 12-pack of normal Polly-O String Cheese at the 97th and Amsterdam Associated. Last week they only had the KD stuff, but I guess the latest shipment included OU product. $5.99 for the 12-pack.

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                                                                          1. re: masteraleph

                                                                            Just a clarification- Not all of the packs there have the OU-D; check first.

                                                                          2. Found in SuperTarget on Stirling Road in Davie, FL

                                                                            1. Saw the string cheese with the ou in Fairway, Plainview. The mozzarella packages only had KD symbol.

                                                                              1. Polly-O 2% Milk String Cheese spotted in Gourmet Glatt in Cedarhurst! The 12-pack was $5.79. In an ironic twist, the Miller's Light String Cheese 12-pack was on sale for $4.99.

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                                                                                1. re: websterhall1994

                                                                                  What was the *usual* price to see if this is really such a price breakthrough.

                                                                                  As one who does not really buy string cheese what is:

                                                                                  (1) *Kosher* string cheese, say 12 pack
                                                                                  (2) Polly-O string cheese
                                                                                  (3) Costco Polly-O string cheese.

                                                                                  Also is this a breakthrough because of price or quality/taste.

                                                                                  1. re: MartyB

                                                                                    It's certainly cheaper than the "normal" kosher brands of string cheese. I'd say that the kosher brands are typically $8 and up for a pack of 12 (haven't bought any in a while), while the Polly-O seems to be running for $6 and under. No idea what Costco's charging.

                                                                                    Some people seem to really prefer the taste, but to me, it's more about availability. Outside of large Jewish communities, finding kosher cheese is hard. Whole Foods has a sliced cheddar they sell sometimes, Tillamook's kosher cheddar is often at WF/TJ's, TJ's goat cheese, and Pastures of Eden feta at TJ's are the ones I've seen often. The idea that string cheese, or even moreso the mozzarella, will be available in random supermarkets across the country is pretty exciting.

                                                                                    1. re: masteraleph

                                                                                      Also Boursin is widely available, with many varieties under the O-U. And Rondele by President has some under the O-U as well.

                                                                                      In terms of price, I've seen kosher string cheese sell for over a dollar a stick from kosher markets in Manhattan.

                                                                                      1. re: masteraleph

                                                                                        > The idea that string cheese, or even moreso the mozzarella, will be available in random supermarkets across the country is pretty exciting.

                                                                                        Great point! I take it for granted as to kosher cheese availability in the little "Shtetl" that I live in. As one who completely trusts the OU I can't see any reason whatsoever to buy the other brands.

                                                                                      2. re: MartyB

                                                                                        At Westside Market, a 12 pack of Miller is $12 (although a 6 pack is $5 each) and PollyO 12 packs are $6. Their prices (like most of the UWS) aren't pretty great but it's what's in the area and Fresh Direct hasn't changed the kashrut status on their website yet.

                                                                                        1. re: CloggieGirl

                                                                                          A quick look at the online prices in my somewhat upmarket supermarket showed the 12-count Polly-O 2% string cheese to be $5.29/pkg. That's the regular, not sale, price and I could probably find it slightly cheaper at a less expensive chain.

                                                                                        2. re: MartyB

                                                                                          I looked at the Polly-o in Costco yesterday. it was KD. package of 48, I think about $10 but really was not paying much attention as I only buy string cheese when my grandchildren are visiting.

                                                                                          1. re: MartyB

                                                                                            By comparison, in the Pathmark 10 minutes from Gourmet Glatt (East Rockaway), the Polly-o 12 pack is on sale this weeks for $3.48 and the 24-pack for $6.98. Since it lasts a few months, you could stock up when it's on sale. Also, Costco usually only carries one variety, but there are many flavors and varieties at the supermarket.

                                                                                        3. Found - Stop N Shop in New Rochelle on Palmer Ave - last week pre-Shabbos...

                                                                                          1. SoCal report: Ralph's doesn't carry that brand at all. Albertson's and Target do but the stores I went to this week don't have the OU cheese yet. Sell by dates were in July.

                                                                                            Let's hope that Walmart has it eventually.

                                                                                            String cheese is the best lunchbox and day trip food. For travelers it's the best. Walmarts and Targets are everywhere!

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                                                                                            1. re: SoCal Mother

                                                                                              Some of the Whole Foods also carry it, at least the mozzarella (if not the string cheese). Didn't have the OU on it yet, though.

                                                                                              1. re: masteraleph

                                                                                                Whole Foods carries Kraft? But...but...it's not organic!

                                                                                            2. I'm in Central NJ here, and I make the rounds every few days - Acme, Shop-Rite, Stop & Shop - and nothing yet. I went to Costco today and they still have only the KD, but I can't believe the price $9.48 for 48 (!) sticks. I don't normally bother checking the prices of non-kosher food. This low price is astounding to me.
                                                                                              No wonder we can't afford our kids' yeshiva tuition - we're spending it all on food.

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                                                                                              1. re: helou

                                                                                                How far is Springfield Shoprite from you? Found it there...

                                                                                                1. re: noya

                                                                                                  I'm in Edison. I don't know that I'd go to Springfield just for the cheese, but I'll definitely buy it if I find myself on Route 22 for other errands.
                                                                                                  Thanks.

                                                                                                  1. re: helou

                                                                                                    I hope you'll find it in your neck of the woods soon!

                                                                                                    1. re: helou

                                                                                                      eventually polly-o ou string cheeses will be found everywhere. just have patience!

                                                                                                      1. re: koshergourmetmart

                                                                                                        The delay does make you realize the shelf life and distribution time of major food vendors in the US. Presumably the plant is not doing OU and non-OU runs. So all the KD cheese going out is cheese that was made before the conversion.

                                                                                                          1. re: avitrek

                                                                                                            Or it is old packaging they are trying to use up

                                                                                                  2. Saw the string cheese at Gourmet Glatt in Cedurhust Friday it was much better than the the kosher ones. I also noticed that Miller and Haolom changed their packaging to look like Polly's

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                                                                                                    1. re: mrmoose

                                                                                                      Price please? For comparative purpose what was the price for the Poll-o and the "others".

                                                                                                      1. re: MartyB

                                                                                                        i know you do costco, someone posted above that they had polyo 48 for $10

                                                                                                        1. re: shoelace

                                                                                                          To compare apples to apples an instore comparison would prove useful and could serve as a controlled environment how capitalism works. Would the "farchnuckta" brands meet the challenge by lowering their prices or simply fold (not company, just this line). I think that changing their stripes by "looking" like Polly-O will fool very few customers. We are not talking cholev yisroel here so there is no compelling issues at play except price and taste.

                                                                                                          Costco presents different set of parameters, bulk quantity, membership, limited offerings. I can't tell you how many times I walk through Costco wishing that they offer items in smaller packaging. BJs is slightly better in that respect but has less kosher offerings.

                                                                                                            1. re: SoCal Mother

                                                                                                              the Costco here in Lawrence displays cheese in 3 places, kosher, deli, and dairy. the Polly-O was in dairy, but I almost missed seeing it. Is Polly-O sold in California?

                                                                                                              1. re: susiejane

                                                                                                                I haven't seen Pollyo, but Albertsons and Target carry Kraft. I assume, since the bags have kd on them, that they will eventually become ou.

                                                                                                                Just the various flavors of mozzarella sticks, not the shredded cheese.

                                                                                                                In all this discussion of cheese I forgot to mention Trader Joe. They carry a mozzarella in oil and spices that has one of the better hashgachas. Too spicy for my taste but good cheese.

                                                                                                    2. Waldbaums 18 ave had the flavored varieties as well with the ou!

                                                                                                      1. Found the O-U Polly-O mozzarella in large blocks at Restaurant Depot (7 pound blocks)... they cost $2.57/lb. Take that World Cheese (aka Miller...aka Moldy Drek).

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                                                                                                        1. re: Yosef_dov

                                                                                                          Hopefully it will show up OU in the 1 pound blocks at the grocery. I check everytime I shop and nada.

                                                                                                        2. > Apparently as of MArch will be kosher under the OU!

                                                                                                          Surprisingly, Costco in Lawrence still has only the KD version. Are they selling old stock?

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                                                                                                          1. re: MartyB

                                                                                                            I see a mix of KD and OU string cheese here too. I wonder if it is all really OU and they're using up old packages.

                                                                                                            1. re: sharonfl

                                                                                                              At our shoprite, the 2% has been OU for months. But the whole milk is still KD. Probably old packaging

                                                                                                            2. re: MartyB

                                                                                                              Target had the string cheese in plain and flavors - only the tomato basil had an OU. We were looking for a snack, so I bought it. DD ate 3 (!!) and I had one. I really liked it - and it was $3.49/12. Shoprite had the same package for $5.49

                                                                                                            3. Tried the mozarella sticks. And was not impressed. They were bland and mushy. Haolam is better.

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                                                                                                              1. re: sdelmonte

                                                                                                                Had they been left out? I've never had an issue with them being mushy (or particularly bland), especially when compared with Haolam.

                                                                                                              2. Found kosher block mozarella and mozzarella. Balls at restaurant depot ion rte 46 in nj

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                                                                                                                1. re: koshergourmetmart

                                                                                                                  What size of blocks? The 1lb., or something bigger?

                                                                                                                  1. re: masteraleph

                                                                                                                    The blocks I've been buying at Restaurant Depot are about 7 pounds each and the price is about $2.57/lb. I grind it and freeze it... They have tubs of different sized "fresh mozzarella" too, but that is much more expensive, and I haven't been impressed with the flavor to make it worthwhile.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Yosef_dov

                                                                                                                      In Los Angeles, found the 7.5 Lb blocks at Restaurant Depot for $3.19/lb. Not as good a price as back east, but better by about 80 cents than whatever else we can get. Tried it last night. Good texture, for low moisture Moz. Good flavor, more than most others. Melted it in warm soup, and it melted well, at a lower temperature than most. I'm quite pleased.. Also found 3 lbs of Moz balls in whey. They were nice and fresh, but fairly neutral in terms of taste- I was hoping for a little more. All in all, I'm quite pleased.

                                                                                                                2. Any word if more than just string cheese is going kosher? Rumor was that other Kraft cheeses were going to get OU. Any word recently about this happening?

                                                                                                                  Keep seeing ones with only KD not OU. Really want to see the chedder twists ones with OU.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: seikoloco

                                                                                                                    According to the OU's website more varieties within the Polly-o line are supposed to be kosher, but I have yet to see anything besides string cheese. Since the recall all the flavored string cheeses haven't reappeared, either.

                                                                                                                    1. re: sharonfl

                                                                                                                      At Pathmark here in central New Jersey I just bought the jalapeno string cheese. They also had the regular ones, and the 2%.
                                                                                                                      I never saw any of the flavored ones, even without the hechsher, and even before the recall.

                                                                                                                      1. re: helou

                                                                                                                        The blocks of mozzarella are readily available, though they still have the KD on it. An inside source though tells me that everything made at the Polly-O factory in Cambell, NY is under the OU. Look for plant #36-8071 on the packaging.

                                                                                                                    2. re: seikoloco

                                                                                                                      I've been buying blocks of the whole milk mozarella with the OU-D for months. Haven't looked at any of their other products. Oddly, the pre-shredded cheeses don't have a hechsher, perhaps because they are shredded on a machine that is used with other cheeses.

                                                                                                                    3. Their is a shortage apparently, we do not buy it, we chunk up fresh from the deli....but here is a link..

                                                                                                                      http://www.fingerlakesdailynews.com/n...