Can you freeze a block of cheese?

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “Can you freeze a block of cheese?”. We will discuss the types of cheeses that are good to freeze, and the method of freezing them. Moreover, we will also discuss the types of cheeses that are worst to freeze. 

Can you freeze a block of cheese?

Yes, you can freeze a block of cheese. If you have a block of cheese, then you can freeze it by keeping it in an airtight freezer bag. 

If you have opened it then it is better to keep it in plastic wrap and then place it in a freezer bag that is tightly sealed. 

If you have not opened the package of cheese, then it is best to freeze it with its original packaging.

What are the best cheeses to freeze?

The cheeses that are used to cook dishes are best to freeze. 

  • Edam
  • Swiss
  • Colby
  • Limburger
  • Mozzarella
  • Monterrey Jack
  • Cheddar
  • Gouda
  • Provolone
  • Pizza cheese
  • Freezing the hard and semi-hard cheeses will change their texture and will make them crumbly.
  • The best cheeses for freezing are mozzarella and pizza cheeses. Freezing can have negative effects on the texture and melting properties of these cheeses.
  • Cream cheese is good for freezing. But when you thaw cream cheese, it may separate. Its texture can be improved by whipping. 

What are the worst cheeses to freeze?

Some cheeses are not good to freeze. If you freeze food, then in this way, you are increasing the shelf life of that food. The nutritive value, color, and aroma of that food are preserved by freezing it. 

  • Processed cheese
  • Parmesan
  • Brie
  • Ricotta
  • Camembert
  • Paneer
  • Romano
  • You can freeze grated hard cheeses such as Parmesan and romano. Their quality can be lost by freezing. So, it will be better to store them in the fridge. Because by keeping them in the fridge they can last for up to 12 months.
  • If you have handcrafted cheese, then it will be better to eat them fresh. They don’t have the same odors and flavors after freezing.
  • Fresh curd cheeses such as cottage cheeses, ricotta, and quark are not good to freeze. Because high moisture contents are present in these cheeses.
  • It will be better to eat fresh soft-ripened cheeses such as brie, camembert, fontina, and muenster. If you keep them in the fridge, they can be ripened.
  • Blue cheese is also not good to freeze. But if you freeze it, then the growth of mold can be retarded due to the low temperature of the freezer. It is better to eat it fresh.
  • You can’t freeze the processed cheeses and cheese spreads.

If you have frozen cheese, then you can use it after defrosting it.

What is a method of freezing cheese?

Freezing can increase the shelf life of cheese if it is stored properly.

Prepare it

  • Divide the cheese into portions. Make a portion that you are going to use in one go.
  • If you have a large block of cheese such as cheddar cheese, then just freeze one pound of cheese. In one portion, there should be one pound of cheese.
  • If you have sliced cheese, then separate them with the help of parchment paper.
     
  • It will be better to store it in its original packaging.
  • If you have the package of cheese, then keep it in a foil, and after keeping it in the airtight box place it in the freezer.
  • Take an airtight freezer bag or a container, and place the cheese that is wrapped in it. 

Freezing

  • Freeze the cheese at a temperature of -9 degrees Fahrenheit.  By freezing it at this temperature, large disruptive ice crystals can not be formed.
  • Cheese can have good quality for approximately 6 to 9 months. So, it will be better to use it during this period. 

Thawing

  • If you want to thaw the cheese, then keep it in the fridge at a temperature of 32 to 34 degrees Fahrenheit. You can thaw the one-pound cheese by keeping it in the fridge for approximately 7 to 8 hours. 
  • If you want to use cheese for pizza toppings and cooking purposes, then you can use it after taking it out of the freezer. Because there is no need to thaw the shredded cheese.
  • If you want to improve the quality of cheese after thawing then temper the cheese in the fridge. It will ripen if you keep it in the fridge for some days or weeks.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have addressed the query,” Can you freeze a block of cheese?”. We have discussed the types of cheeses that are good to freeze, and methods of freezing them. Moreover, we have also discussed the types of cheeses that are worst to freeze. 

References

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/can-you-freeze-cheese#bottom-line
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022030203736935