Whether you bought cheese in bulk or have some left over, freezing it will keep it from molding and allow you to use it later. This is a guide about freezing cheese.
For years I have been freezing cheese, especially when I see the expensive ones on sale or marked down. I leave it in the original wrapper and place them in a freezer bag and into the freezer they go. There are some that have been there for several years. I simply take whatever cheese I happen to want to have the day before, let it thaw in the fridge, then use it either for eating or cooking.
By Elayne from Dalhousie, Nova Scotia
I would like to freeze "Super Hot Pepper" cheese from my local deli. I have one of those "Food Savers" food sealing systems. I will be freezing them in 1lb. individual packages. I have several questions:
Food Saver recommends freezing items for approx 1-2 hours before sealing them in their bags and then placing them in the freezer for storage.
Freeze the cheese first, as suggested, then use the food saver. Doing this will keep the cheese in it's original shape. I tried to vacuum seal some shredded cheese, unfrozen, and it turned into a one blob of cheese. The flavor was fine after thawing but I had to slice it up to use. I have only froze blocks of cheese so I'm not sure if sliced cheese would work but I see no reason why it shouldn't. I LOVE my Food Saver and feel it's the best investment I have ever made due to the way it preserves all types of food for a very long time.
We freeze swiss cheese in in 1/2 lb./pks when We can catch it on sale.have the deli slice and bag it that way or,to your liking
we just put all the pkgs in a large Freezer bag.. and we take it our of the freezer the night before we need and put in in the refrig. We don't use anything else and we have had no problems
My experience is that frozen cheese crumbles when it defrosts. If you get the deli to slice it and put a piece of waxed paper between each slice, then I think you'd be OK. I freeze sale cheese to use in baked meat dishes and to shred for quesadillas. That works fine, but frozen cheese is hard to slice evenly when it defrosts
Can I freeze packaged cheese slices?
It's very easy. Break it down into manageable blocks and then wrap tightly with saran wrap. Then place the wrapped cheese inside of a sandwich bag. The wrap keeps the moisture in the cheese and it stops the cheese from sticking to the inside of the plastic bag.
I freeze cheese slices all the time. When the cheese is getting low in the refrigerator, I just pull the frozen cheese out to thaw in the refrigerator and then its ready to use when needed.
Is it safe to freeze cooked cheddar cheese, like in recipes?
Rachel from Tel Aviv, Israel
I freeze cheese all the time, I live in a very rural area and only shop once a month. I freeze alot of things, and never had a problem with it turning to mush. I freeze both blocks and shredded, all different kinds.
Yes, you can freeze cheese cooked in a recipe with no problem. I do it often. If you need to freeze regular "raw" cheese, shred it first, then freeze. Frozen blocks of cheese turn to mush when de-frosted (I learned the hard way). Good luck!
Should I thaw the cheese in its original wrapping also? The cheese I want to freeze is wrapped in cling film.
Can I freeze cream cheese in the store packaging?
I have frozen cream cheese in the store packaging. Freezing changes the texture of the cheese. The taste does not seem to change. It still can be used in recipes, but it can no longer be used by itself as a spread since it seems to dry out. So freezing it would depend on the use it is intended for. Hope this is helpful.
I have frozen cream cheese and if you let it thaw completely outside of the fridge, then put into the fridge, it is usually creamy like when it was first bought. If you put it straight into the fridge from the freezer, it will be crumbly and only good for use in cooking.
I bought Havarti cheese from Costco, I would like to freeze some. Is it OK, as long as I use my food saver?
I have purchased big blocks of cheddar, mozzarella and jack cheeses to food-saver into smaller sized 1 pound chunks and have never had a problem with keeping these chunks in the refrigerator. I have been able to keep my cheeses for months this way! Just make sure there is not a bit of air in the package and to mark them well. If there is accidently one with just a little bit of air, make sure to mark to use that one first. Don't try to food-saver grated cheese, they come out in a big chunk that you have to try to crumble anyway, and there is the possibility of having air that will allow mold to grow on the cheese.
Yes you can! Just wrap well and tightly in plastic wrap before placing in your food saver. Try to use it by around two months for best flavor. Yes, it will be crumbly but crumbled Havarti is wonderful to use in vinegar and oil dressed salads and melts well so you can easily use it in omelets, and pasta, rice and veggie dishes. :-)
P.S. I read somewhere long ago that all cheese freezes better if packaged in one pound or less blocks.
I was "blessed" with a big tub of Pimento Cheese this Christmas. I need to know if this can be frozen, as we cannot eat it fast enough!