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.
I have had great luck storing cheese by vacuum sealing it in food saver bags. It lasts for months (and months)and is like fresh when I open it. I use a resealable bag so I can get what I want and reclose and reseal the bag. The only time I lose cheese to mold is if the seal leaks. I have been doing this for years. it is a little extra trouble but I hate to lose good (and expensive) cheese.
I can get 2 cups of cheese out of an 8 oz. block of cheese when I grate it my self. Then I spread it on a clean tray that meat comes on or a cookie sheet. Spread and freeze and bag. It don't stick together and you can take out what you need.
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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
I also freeze cheese and have no problems. However three years is too long to freeze anything. Cheese as well as meat can get freezer burned, which means it really isn't fit to eat.
Really good advice, Elayne. Blocks of cheese in the freezer will last just about forever and if it does happen to get freezer burn the burn will only be on the outside edges of the cheese and you can simply slice those portions off.
It's also works to keep opened cheese in it's original packaging like you mention and then place in a plastic bag or wrapped in foil in the refrigerator. I've kept cheese up to two months or more (depending on the type of cheese) in the refrigerator, and it's still fresh and tasty.
I do this too. I had been told cheddar cheese may crumble, it does. So, I use it for recipes like enchiladas and then I do not have to grate it. It just crumbles and it will melt in oven. Works great for me!
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.
I freeze sliced cheese all the time. When they have a special, I get extra! Once it is completely thawed, it's just like when you first bought it.
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
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?
Softer cheeses tend to crumble when thawed. I have frozen havarti cheese before and it crumbled....But it was Ok for grilled cheese and such.
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. :-)
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!
Jonnie from Utica, KY
Yes you can freeze it. Use baggies and divide it up into smaller amounts, then put the baggies into a larger one, with a 3x5 card label in with them, with the contents written in felt marker with big dark letters.
Are you sure you want to eat that? Many processed cheese items have a lot of partially hydrogenated or fractionated oils, which are found to be more dangerous than saturated fats. I no longer eat those because they attack brain tissue pretty efficiently, so a lot of what I grew up with is out. There's still plenty of delicious stuff out there!
Hope this helps, whether you are a trans-fat eater or not. God bless you.