Friday, June 29, 2012

Freezing cheese

GOT A GREAT DEAL ON MOZZERELLA CHEESE!  It ended up costing me $.79 a pound. The catch....It expired in two days. Eating twelve pounds of cheese in two days is not the best option. I chose to freeze  it instead.

Cheese can be frozen and kept for several months. The more firm the cheese, the better suited for freezing. Soft cheeses do not take to freezing as well. Freezing can affect the texture of cheese. Many cheeses are best used in recipes after freezing.

Cheese is best frozen in the original packaging if it is in good shape. The cheese I bought was in large two pound bricks. I broke those down into usable portions.

The bricks of cheese I wrapped tightly with plastic wrap and then in a zip top freezer bag squeezing out as much air as possible.

The majority of the cheese I grated. Once grated I put into a zip top freezer bag, labeled and dated them then into the freezer they went. My four year old was a great helper with filling up the bags.

Thaw in the fridge for a day before use and you are ready to go.
Not to bad for a few minutes worth of work.

This post linked up with carnival of home preserving

also linked atpennywise platter

 also shared at homestead barn hop


  1. Thanks for linking this up at the Carnival of Home Preserving today!

  2. I wish I had a vacuum sealer for when i do the grated cheese, but for now I use a straw and leave a small hole in the top. Then I'm able to suck out the air and seal it off.

  3. Glad you found such a great deal. Freezing cheese works well for me unless we wanted to eat it plain. Then the texture isn't the same.

  4. I love freezing the cheese to use on pizza and I actually throw it on still frozen. It helps to make the cheese not brown too quickly. I bought two blocks of cheese during super doubles at Harris Teeter but not nearly as great a deal as you got. I couldn't figure out if I should freeze the block or shred it because I normally buy the already shredded. I will now try to shred it tomorrow!!! Thanks for the idea :)

  5. I also like to mix and match cheese for a different "blend". Mac and cheese with just a little gouda is awesome. If I have a little bacon left over I'll add it to the cheese bag for when I make an egg bake.

  6. Great post!

    Thanks for linking this up at the Carnival of Home Preserving!

  7. Always wondered about this, thanks for letting me know it can be frozen:@)

  8. 79¢ a pound? That's amazing! I've frozen mine, but often it turns out getting a bit freezer burned. Thanks for the great tips and for sharing at Thrifty Thursday!