Can I freeze cheese

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “can I freeze cheese?” We will also discuss how you can store your cheese to last longer, the best way to use it, and how to thaw it properly.

Can I freeze cheese?

Yes, you can freeze cheese. There are several types of cheese, and although all of them can be frozen, just a few will not exhibit any changes in their texture or taste after being thawed.

Cheeses with a higher content of water are more likely to be the most affected when thawed. However, freezing cheese can not destroy the nutrients that compound cheese, but it will affect the texture and quality of the product.

What happens when you freeze cheese?

Freezing is a method that considerably enlarges the shelf life of most edible products. However, there are certain foods that are not recommended to be frozen because they can lose some of their features.

Cheese can be grouped according to its water content. The highest the water content, the less advisable to freeze cheese, but why does this happen? Well, when cheese freezes, tiny ice crystals will be formed, as the water expands when frozen and contracts when thawed.

So, when cheeses with high water content are placed in the freezer, the molecular structure of cheese will be damaged, which will cause a crumbly texture after the thawing process. Soft cheeses can exhibit this behavior, so it is not recommended to freeze them. 

The reason why freezing enlarges the shelf life of cheese is that microbes can not move as easily when frozen, which will help to make it last longer. However, freezing will not kill the microbes, it will just delay the spoilage.

What kinds of cheeses are there?

Cheese can be grouped according to its water content, which as explained above, can affect the mechanism of freezing cheese. So, taking this into consideration, cheese can be grouped as

Cheeses and how they react to freezing
Best to freezeWorst to freeze
MozzarellaBrie
CheddarCottage cheese
GoudaCamembert
ProvoloneParmesan
SwissRicotta
Pizza cheeseRomano
EdamQueso fresco

What are the best types of cheese to freeze?

The reason why some cheeses are better to be frozen is that they can be used in cooked dishes. It is not recommended to eat thawed cheese as it can alter different features of the product.

When cheeses are labeled as the worst to freeze, it is because they will become crumbly and mealy after thawing, which will not be the most pleasant experience. Also, cream cheese can separate after being thawed, which is not yummy at all!

So, it is up to you whether or not to freeze cheese, but keep in mind its texture and taste can be damaged.

What is the best way to store your cheese?

Cheese is recommended to be kept at a temperature of 0 F, however, it is not possible to make it last forever, and sooner or later the quality will deteriorate. 

To enlarge as much as possible the shelf life of cheddar cheese, some tips you need to follow are

  • Try to keep it in its original container, or use freezer bags with the air squeezed out.
  • Even when stored, try to consume all your cheese in no more than three months.
  • Do not thaw your cheese at room temperature, leave it in the refrigerator instead.
  • Once thawed, consume the cheese within two or three days.
  • It is not recommended to freeze more than 500 grams of cheese per portion.
  • Freeze the cheese at a temperature of at least -23°C, this will avoid the formation of huge ice crystals inside the cheese.
  • To thaw cheese, keep it at a temperature of 0 to 1°C for 7 to 8 hours per pound of cheese.
  • Shredded cheese can be added frozen into the dish that will be cooked.

How can you use frozen cheese?

Frozen cheese can be used in different ways, and it is recommended to use it when you are going to cook the dish. It is not advisable to use thawed cheese in fresh dishes, as the texture may not be as yummy as usual.

How can you freeze cheese?

Cheese can be frozen in different forms, either sliced or shredded. Huge blocks of cheese are not recommended to freeze, it is better to cut them into tiny portions. 

Sliced cheese can be frozen in its original package, just keep it sealed. If you want to slice it yourself, put the slices into freezer bags with parchment paper between each slice. Also, squeeze out the air and place it in the freezer.

Shredded cheese can be kept in its original package, or just placed in a freezer bag, and remove as much air as possible.

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Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “can I freeze cheese?” We have also discussed other queries related to the subject at hand. 

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Citations

https://www.thepioneerwoman.com/food-cooking/cooking-tips-tutorials/a36984823/can-you-freeze-cheese/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/can-you-freeze-cheese#how-to

https://www.thespruceeats.com/can-i-freeze-cheese-1327672

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.