Using Vinegar to Prevent Mold on Cheese?

I buy 5 lb. bags of shredded mozzarella cheese because my family makes pizza on a regular basis. However, once the bag is opened, it tends to begin to mold fairly quickly. Has anyone used a variation of this vinegar method with shredded cheese? If this doesn't work, does anyone have a suggestion?


By rcraftlady from East Coast

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November 12, 20164 found this helpful
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Once the bag of cheese is open be sure no one sticks fingers in to get out a handful. I instruct the family to use a long handled iced tea spoon. This has helped immensely. I'm going to add the vinegar dampened paper towel too now.

October 28, 20180 found this helpful

I agree about the fingers. I noted years ago that if I touched a piece of cheese while cutting it or shredding it; the area I touched would be moldy in a couple days. I now hold the cheese with a piece of cling wrap/wax paper and find it keeps longer in the fridge.

January 16, 20191 found this helpful

I put it in quart freezer bags and keep in freezer.
When I need some for whatever I just take out what I need and it doesn't mold or stick together. I do this with all my shredded cheeses. Been doing this for years, I was cook for 35 yrs and also did it in my restaurants.

June 26, 20190 found this helpful

Freeze it, I do it all the time.

September 5, 20190 found this helpful

Did you know these preshredded cheeses are coated with chemicals so the shredded do not stick together. Saw this on how it is makes.


Try shredding your own and see how the shredded stick together. Just saying. Enjoy or not.

November 6, 20190 found this helpful

Large bags of shredded chees can be frozen and will stay for months.

March 16, 20200 found this helpful

when i have too much shredded cheese left over, i bag it it smaller portions and freeze it , when i'm ready to use it again, it sprinkles nicely on pizza

April 1, 20210 found this helpful

All you have to do is devide the cheese up in 2 cup portions put it quart size freezer bags and freeze. If you know that your going to need some cheese, get a bag out and put into the frig.



March 9, 20220 found this helpful

I find putting any open container of grated cheese in the freezer stops it fro forming mold. Just take it out a few minutes before you need it to thaw out, then put back the unused portion.

April 24, 20220 found this helpful

You can freeze the shredded cheese also. Split the bag into smaller portions, zip and freeze. Thaw the night before in the fridge.

January 23, 20230 found this helpful

I just keep in freezer between uses. Shredded cheese thaws quickly and refreezes easily mine doesn't last long never had a problem with mold this way.

March 2, 20230 found this helpful

When I buy shredded mozzarella in large quantity I divide it in small usable amounts in ziplock freezer bags and store them in the freezer

April 2, 20230 found this helpful

I buy 5 to 15 lbs of mozzarella cheese at a time because I also make a lot of pizza, then I break down the bags into 10 oz portions & put in zippered sandwich bags. I can fit 8 of these sandwich bags in a gallon freezer bag.


(10 oz is good for a large pizza) I put the cheese in the freezer and take out what I need a few hours before I make the pizzas.

April 4, 20230 found this helpful

Freeze some of the cheese

May 7, 20230 found this helpful

I freeze my shredded cheese and sprinkle out as I need it and then return it to the freezer.

June 26, 20230 found this helpful

Add some sugar cubes

August 16, 20230 found this helpful

You can freeze the remaining bag pull out what u need when u need it.

December 30, 20120 found this helpful

I keep all hard cheese in the freezer, shredded cheese lasts months longer. I once received a 20 lb. block of white cheddar and after giving away at least half of it, I hacked the rest into smaller blocks and it kept in the freezer for over a year.


Hope this helps!

March 18, 20161 found this helpful

One thing, make sure your refrigerator is cold enough. Most people don't keep cold enough. Temperature should be 37-40 deg. Cool heated foods before storing, and room temp foods could be wrapped and put on ice for a short time before storing. Maybe a little more work, but saving food which equals saving money may be worth it.

April 8, 20160 found this helpful

Shredded chease will keep in the freezer and you can use it with out defrosting it on your pizzas.

April 11, 20161 found this helpful

I buy 5 pound bags of shredded cheese. I divide the bag into 5 bags. I freeze 4 and keep 1 in refrigerator.

August 21, 20161 found this helpful

I wrap my cheese in saran wrap and then tinfoil. Keeps mold away no sign of it after weeks I just change tinfoil when it becomes torn after awhile.

October 21, 20160 found this helpful

Yes i do freeze the left over it is a good way to keep it with no mold i am happy doing this try it and good luck

April 6, 20171 found this helpful

I keep mine in the freezer. Its just as easy to use just break off some. You could even divide up into smaller Ziploc freezer bags and thaw as needed.

September 16, 20230 found this helpful

I divide and freeze in 1-2 cup increments. Shredded cheese freezes well however block cheese does not freeze as it will crumble once it thaws.


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