What are common commercial food additives that keep the cheese 'melty', but not runny?

I have tried making fried cheddar sticks but the cheese just oozes out, like thick water...

Freezing first? Freeze the breading too?

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    What is the "cheddar stick" you are asking about? One commercial product, such as this one from Wegman's appears to be 100% cheese, without special additives. Are you asking about a recipe for deep fried cheese sticks? If so, you might want to post the recipe to get advise on improving it.
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Commented May 24, 2013 at 23:54
  • The title says cheddar, the tag says mozzarella?
    – Kaya
    Commented May 24, 2013 at 23:56
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    What temperature are you frying at? The cheese will melt but the batter should harden too fast for anything to leak out. And you are actually deep-frying, not just putting it in a fry pan, right?
    – Aaronut
    Commented May 25, 2013 at 0:33
  • Are we talking like these: hotdogonastick.com/menu.aspx (scroll down a bit) Commented May 25, 2013 at 0:44
  • related : cooking.stackexchange.com/q/93307/67
    – Joe
    Commented Jun 27, 2019 at 21:26

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Sodium Citrate is the most common emulsifier for cheese, it keeps it soft and flexible when cold, and like a smooth sauce when hot. Being an emulsifier it stops it separating too

See http://modernistcuisine.com/recipes/sodium-citrate-creates-silky-smooth-macaroni-and-cheese/

You can make Sodium Citrate at home, heat a tbs of lemon juice, add 1/2+ tsp of baking soda and stir. Add this to a cup of melted cheese (all very rough measurements). Experiment to get the best results for your cheese of choice!

  • Why haven't you told me about this before! I have some new experiments to do! Commented May 25, 2013 at 13:04
  • I always check the labels of the stuff in the Supermarket that I wont buy 'cause it's crap food, and check for what they use to make it that way :-) Some aren't that crap after all
    – TFD
    Commented May 26, 2013 at 7:54

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