Yes! You Can Freeze Some Cheeses and Keep Them Up To 6 Months

When there's a great deal at the store, it's tempting to stock up on cheese. After all, who can resist delicious, melty cheese in recipes?

Unfortunately, cheese doesn't stay fresh in the fridge forever.

Can I Freeze Cheese To Keep It Longer?

Absolutely! If you decide to freeze cheese, it's best used for cooking, like cheesy casseroles. 

That's because freezing cheese usually alters its texture.

So, it's not ideal for serving on cheese boards or with crackers after thawing. So, save your fancy cheeses from freezing.

The Best Cheeses for Freezing 

Hard block cheeses like Parmesan, cheddar, and Monterey Jack freeze well because they have low moisture content.

Cottage cheese and ricotta can also be frozen, but they might become grainy after thawing. These cheeses are best used in cooked dishes like lasagna.

The Worst Cheeses for Freezing 

Cheeses with high water content, such as fresh mozzarella or burrata, don't freeze well because they can develop ice crystals.

Soft cheeses, especially those with natural rinds, should also be avoided because their flavor may change when frozen.

How To Freeze Cheese

Here are some general instructions on how to freeze different types of cheeses:

  1. Hard block cheeses (e.g., Parmesan, cheddar, Monterey Jack):

    • Cut the cheese into smaller portions or grate it if desired.
    • Wrap tightly in plastic wrap, aluminum foil, or freezer bags to prevent freezer burn.
    • Label the package with the date and type of cheese.
    • Place in the freezer and store for up to 6 months.
  2. Soft cheeses (e.g., brie, camembert, feta):

    • Soft cheeses don't freeze as well, but if you want to try, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
    • Alternatively, place the cheese in an airtight container or freezer bag.
    • Label the package with the date and type of cheese.
    • Freeze for up to 2-3 months. Note that the texture and flavor may change upon thawing.
  3. Cottage cheese and ricotta:

    • Drain any excess liquid from the container.
    • Transfer to an airtight container or freezer bag, leaving some space for expansion.
    • Label the package with the date and type of cheese.
    • Freeze for up to 1-2 months. Expect some texture changes after thawing.
  4. Cream cheese:

    • Cut the cream cheese into smaller portions if desired.
    • Wrap tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
    • Place in an airtight container or freezer bag.
    • Label the package with the date and type of cheese.
    • Freeze for up to 1-2 months. It may become crumbly after thawing, so it's best used in cooked dishes.

Remember to thaw frozen cheese in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight before using it.

Once thawed, use the cheese within a few days for the best quality.

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