The fresh variety is occasionally served as an appetizer (it can be marinated or flavored), and in some regions it is pan-fried and served with a sauce or salsa.
FINDING: Most Mexican groceries, some well-stocked general groceries.
CHOOSING: Fresh Mexican cheese (queso fresco) has a lighter, tangier, milkier flavor and crumbles coarsely. Most domestically made, fresh Mexican cheeses are blander than their Mexican counterparts.
STORING: Fresh Mexican cheese: in the refrigerator, well wrapped, for a week or so.