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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.

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June 15, 2006 Flag
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Three different wedges of cheese.

Selecting High-Quality Cheese:

When selecting cheeses for freezing, avoid those with dry or cracked edges, mold that doesn't belong or cheeses that appear greasy on the surface. Check the date of prepackaged cheese to make sure it hasn't expired. Cheese keeps best in the refrigerator and freezing it will sacrifice some of its quality. Hard or semi-hard cheese can be frozen, but it may become develop a crumbly or mealy texture during freezing. However, it will retain its flavor and work just fine for cooking.

Best Cheeses to Freeze:

Camembert, Cheddar, Edam, Mozzarella, Muenster, Parmesan, Port du Salut, Provolone, Romano, and Swiss. Blue Cheese will retain its flavor, but become crumbly. Soft cheeses should be frozen when they reached the desired ripeness.

Worst Cheeses to Freeze:

Container cream cheese, cottage cheese and ricotta cheese do not freeze well. Blocks of cream cheese can be frozen for later use as an ingredient in recipes.

Preparing for Freezing:

Hard and semi-hard cheeses can be grated, sliced or cut into blocks for freezing.

Suitable Packaging:

Wrap wheels, blocks or slices of cheese tightly in plastic or heavy-duty aluminum foil. Separate slices of cheese with wax paper before freezing. Grated cheese stores well in airtight containers.

Maximum Storage Time:

Freeze soft cheese and cheese spreads and dips for 1 month, and hard and semi-hard cheese for 3 to 6 months.

Thawing:

Thaw the amount of cheese needed for consumption in the refrigerator, then serve it at room temperature. Cheese used for cooking should also be thawed in the refrigerator.

Tips & Shortcuts:

Hard cheese grates well when it's frozen.

Refrigerating Cheese:

All natural cheese continues to age and change when stored. As a general rule, the softer the cheese, the more quickly it will spoil. If a small amount of mold appears on cheese, remove it and save the rest. Refrigerate soft cheese for 3 to 4 days, hard to semi-hard cheese for 2 to 3 weeks and cheese spreads and dips for 1 to 2 weeks.
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September 23, 2011 Flag
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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

November 18, 2009 Flag
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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:

  1. Can I freeze this type of cheese?
  2. Should I have the deli slice the cheese for me into individual slices or slice them into 1lb. blocks?
  3. How long can they stay in the freezer?
  4. Will they lose any flavor when I thaw them out?
  5. Once thawed out, how long will they stay good to eat?
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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.

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November 20, 20090 found this helpful
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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.

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November 20, 20090 found this helpful

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

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November 20, 20090 found this helpful

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

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April 5, 2012 Flag
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Can I freeze packaged cheese slices?

By Connie

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April 5, 20120 found this helpful
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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.

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April 5, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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February 8, 2007 Flag
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Is it safe to freeze cooked cheddar cheese, like in recipes?

Rachel from Tel Aviv, Israel

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February 10, 20070 found this helpful
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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.

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February 8, 20070 found this helpful

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!

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December 4, 20150 found this helpful

Should I thaw the cheese in its original wrapping also? The cheese I want to freeze is wrapped in cling film.

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July 18, 2014 Flag
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Can I freeze cream cheese in the store packaging?

By Loretta

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July 19, 20140 found this helpful

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.

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July 20, 20140 found this 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.

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May 7, 2011 Flag
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I bought Havarti cheese from Costco, I would like to freeze some. Is it OK, as long as I use my food saver?

By Sandie

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May 9, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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May 9, 20110 found this helpful

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. :-)

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May 9, 20110 found this helpful

P.S. I read somewhere long ago that all cheese freezes better if packaged in one pound or less blocks.

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December 27, 2007 Flag
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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!

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