Freezing food is a great way to preserve food for the long run, especially if you typically buy in bulk or have a bunch of leftovers you don’t want to go to waste. Every food may have a different method of freezing, though, and cheese is no exception. Although some people may be hesitant to put cheese in the freezer, it’s still a common practice.
What is the best way to freeze cheese?
The best and most common way to freeze cheese is shredded or in very small pieces. If, for example, you are planning on freezing block cheese, it’s important to first shred it or slice it into small pieces before you store it in a freezer bag or freezer-friendly wrapping. This method prevents the texture of the cheese from changing.
How to Freeze Cheese
The best method of freezing cheese will vary depending on the type of cheese. Some key things to remember before freezing cheese:
- Check the packaging for any instructions regarding freezer storage
- Check the expiration date to ensure the cheese is still fresh
- Ensure the cheese is always placed in a freezer-safe bag or container
- Separate the cheese into proper portions
How to Thaw Cheese
After freezing cheese, you will have to thaw it before eating it. To thaw frozen cheese:
- Remove the cheese from the freezer-safe bag/container
- Place the cheese on a plate and thaw in the refrigerator.
- The CDC states thawing frozen food on the counter can cause bacteria to build up, particularly where the food has reached room temperature
- Wait until the cheese is ready to be served, which could take hours, depending on the type of cheese and how much cheese you froze
Can you freeze all types of cheese?
Sure, it is possible to freeze all different types of cheese. If you plan to freeze cheese, make sure it is stored in a freezer-safe container, such as a freezer bag. Furthermore, if you plan to freeze liquid cheese, check the packaging for any instructions on storing it in the freezer first.
Can You Freeze Cream Cheese?
If you plan to freeze cream cheese, keep it in the container it came in. Do not replace it into a different container. If you plan to keep it in the freezer longer than a couple weeks, and if it’s been opened, place the container in a freezer-safe bag. Remember, the texture may change after thawing it.
Can You Freeze Shredded Cheese?
Shredded cheese is likely to freeze the best, with the least amount of freezer crystals and/or texture change after freezing. As always, shredded cheese should be stored in airtight freezer bags or containers to protect it from freezer burn or from hardening. An added bonus of freezing cheese that is shredded is that it will also likely take the least amount of time to thaw.
Can You Freeze Sliced Cheese?
You can freeze sliced cheese in freezer friendly bags or containers. Please note the texture of frozen sliced cheese may be slightly different after thawing. Always make sure the cheese is completely thawed after removing it from the freezer.
How long does cheese last in the fridge?
The answer to this question depends on how you store the cheese and what type of cheese you are storing in the refrigerator. No matter the type of cheese, it is important to ensure it is covered to prevent the outer layer from hardening. Check the expiration date on the cheese’s packaging for more information on how long to expect it to stay fresh.
The best-tasting cheese will almost always undoubtedly be fresh cheese that has never been frozen. It is understandable, however, that certain occasions may result in freezing leftover cheeses, especially around the holidays or for future use in recipes.
If you plan to freeze cheese, remember to:
- Always review the packaging for any freezing or long-term storage instructions
- Store solid cheeses in freezer-safe bags or containers
- Properly thaw frozen cheese in the refrigerator after removing it from your freezer
Disclaimer: This article does not constitute professional medical advice, nor can it replace the advice of a licensed professional.