Can You Freeze Cheese?

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  • 1 min read July 11, 2016

Can you freeze cheese? Yes and no – here are the details:

Some softer cheeses like mozzarella and young Cheddar can be frozen especially when shredded. Other cheeses, like aged Cheddar will become crumbly. Depending on how its texture changes, you may want to plan to use the thawed cheese on salads or in recipes.

You can freeze shredded cheese before the expiration date, but it’s best to allow it to thaw for at least 24 to 48 hours in the fridge. This will allow the moisture (which becomes frost when it’s frozen) to go back into the cheese. While freezing suspends the spoilage process, it’s recommended that thawed cheese be used as quickly as possible.

If you have a block of cheese, consider cutting it into 1/2 pound blocks or smaller. You can wrap it in plastic wrap or freezer bags, which will prevent the cheese from absorbing other flavors.

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