Can cheddar cheese be frozen?

In this brief guide, we will discuss the following question, “can cheddar cheese be frozen?”  and other queries related to this topic.

Can cheddar cheese be frozen? 

Yes, you can freeze cheddar cheese while preserving its texture and taste. Cheddar cheese is considered hard cheese. Hard cheeses can be easily frozen and their quality does not deteriorate with time, unlike soft cheese.

Aged and hard cheeses such as mozzarella, gouda, parmesan, blue cheese, and provolone can keep their texture, quality, and taste in the freezer. Usually, these types of cheese are used in cooked dishes. However, if stored for a long time the texture of some of them might change.

Additionally, frozen hard cheese can last in the freezer for two to three months and sometimes longer depending on the method of freezing and the reason behind the long shelf life of hard cheeses is their low moisture content. Also, they can be kept well wrapped in the fridge.

Furthermore, some kinds of hard cheese should be kept in the fridge, not in the freezer. For example, grated romano and parmesan should not be frozen, because freezing reduces their quality. So, keep them in the refrigerator for up to one year. 

Moreover, soft cheeses can be frozen but their texture and quality will decrease quicker than hard cheese. For example, ricotta and cottage cheese are better consumed within a few days of purchasing.

Because they are high in moisture they can spoil and freezing can decrease their quality. In addition, brie and camembert cheese should be consumed fresh because their quality decreases in the fridge and so in the freezer. 

Besides, any spreading or processed cheese should not be frozen, because preservatives in these cheeses are enough to preserve them for a long period before the spoilage starts. Also, cream cheese might separate when thawing

How to freeze cheddar cheese?

There are multiple ways and methods to freeze cheddar cheese. For example, you can freeze your cheddar shredded, grated, sliced, or as a block.  However, the preferred way is to shred your cheddar cheese before freezing.

To do so, buy already shredded cheese or shred the cheddar wedge at home. After that, transfer your shredded cheddar cheese into a freezer bag and add some cornstarch and shake the bag. Cornstarch forms a coat and prevents the cheese from sticking together.

Once the cornstarch coats all the cheese, seal the bag, label it, and put it in the freezer. After about half an hour remove the bag from the freezer and shake it again. Then restore it in the freezer for two to three months.

Moreover, you can store your cheddar cheese as a block in the freezer once you wrap it with parchment or plastic paper. When the cheese block is wrapped, put it in a plastic bag and close it tightly and label it before freezing.

Furthermore, cheddar cheese can be stored as slices. You can buy your cheddar sliced or you can slice it at home. So once your cheddar cheese has been turned into slices, bring a parchment paper and cut it into squares.

Make sure that the squares are bigger than the cheddar slice. Then start placing your slices between the parchment papers. After you are done, wrap them with foil or another parchment paper and place them in a freezer bag.

Finally, the method of freezing your cheddar cheese depends on how you are willing to use it after thawing. For example, if you want to use it to make tacos or to add it to your mac and cheese, shred your cheese ahead.

How long can you freeze your cheddar cheese?

Cheddar cheese can last for up to three months in the freezer while preserving its taste and quality. After three months of freezing, the quality, the color, and the taste of your cheddar cheese might decrease and deteriorate.

However, if you want to keep your cheddar cheese last longer, use a vacuum sealer. This method removes all the air and the oxygen from the bag. So, it will prevent the product’s oxidation thus it will last longer without having an altered taste or color.

How to defrost cheddar cheese?

The cheddar cheese defrosting method depends on how you already froze them. So, if you freeze the cheddar cheese as a block or slice, you need to remove it from the freezer and put it in the fridge many hours before its usage or keep it overnight in the refrigerator. 

Regarding shredded cheddar cheese, you can remove it from the freezer and use it directly in your recipe or you can keep it for a few hours in the fridge. The shredded cheese needs less time to be thawed then block cheddar cheese. Moreover, never thaw cheese over the counter.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we discussed the following question, “can cheddar cheese be frozen?” and other queries related to this topic.


References

https://www.diys.com/cheddar-cheese/

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