Can you Freeze Cheese

09/03/2010 8:06 am · 21 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

IMG_4659 I know I am silly, but free cheese makes me so very happy.  I have been telling everyone I know how to get  Cheese free at Albertsons this week.  The first question they always ask is “can you freeze it?”.  Well I am not a cheese expert, but I have been freezing cheese for as long as I can remember.

I DO NOT freeze brick cheese, because it will become very crumbly once you thaw it.  You can still eat it, but it just looks weird….so I choose not to freeze it.

But I DO freeze grated cheese.  It will freeze really well, and once it thaw’s,  it looks and tastes the same.  If  it starts to form ice on the inside  from temperature variation (may happen if your freezer door is left open or if it gets unplugged) it can make the cheese a little “sticky” once it thaws, so keep an eye out for that.  But for the most part I have always had great luck.

How about you, do you freeze it?

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beverly grob
beverly grob

I freeze blocks of cheese all the time! I almost never use cheese unmelted, so if I do freeze a block of cheese, rather than shredding, i crumble it. Its much easier than grating. I even freze expensive cheeses that we almost cant get here, such as Vacherin, and Gruyere. They still make a perfect Fondue. Even raclette cheese does well in the freezer. If I have a cheese I want to preserve in the fridge, I vacuum it, and if I buy a block of cheese whole, I put it in a wine fridge (as thats the same temp as a good basement)as I have no basement in Las Vegas. Those of you that have a cool basement can age cheese in there. I may have gotten off subject, but hope this helps some of you!

Lindsay Hendricks
Lindsay Hendricks

How about the Parmesean I bought three of those bags and we dont use tht us very fast so I wanted to freeze two of them I put them in te freezer assuming it was fine but does anyone have experience freezing that? I know I had fun telling some little ladies to put a couple more bags of cheese in their art because they were excited about the 2/4 not even noticing the 5 back, I tried to tell them about the printable coupon but as soon as I mentioned internet they tuned me:) oh well

Sandra
Sandra

I have learned over the years that you actually CAN FREEZE blocks of mozarella cheese. It does not get crumbly like cheddar and monterrey jack. It thaws exactly the same as it was before you froze it. I buy the balls of mozarella everytime they are reduced for quick sale and freeze them.

Neva
Neva

Heck yes, I freeze cheese! But I've had bad luck freezing the brick cheese, so I mostly freeze the shredded kind. It works great for homemade pizza.

Juli
Juli

I'm super excited about free cheese, too! It's the little things, but that makes us lucky to be amused by free food. I love your blog and all the thoughtful tips and articles you include as well as where the deals are. Keep up the good work!

Sophie
Sophie

Hey sometimes the simple things in life (like free cheese!!!) are what make us the happiest!! I have a question about freezing the shredded. Some have said to open the bags and get all the air out and then reclose and freeze, others have said to just throw straight in the freezer. Any thoughts?

Heidi
Heidi

I love to freeze the shredded cheese. I just use it right out of the freezer because it thaws out so quickly. Great ideas submitted for making up your own bags! Thanks!

yvette
yvette

I freeze blocks and do not have a problem with crumbly cheese at all. I let it set out until mostly thawed and then put in the fridge.

camie
camie

Brick cheese will freeze just fine and defrost just fine without crumbling. You just need to put it on the counter until it is not frozen but still cool. If you take it directly from the freezer to the fridge, it will definitely crumble. It should slice and taste just like the day you bought it.

Jill
Jill

I always freeze the bags of cheese. I just take it out and break it up and its just like new. Just be careful not to use it in some dishes when its still frozen. I put some that had not thawed on top of lasagna and it made it runny.

Sara Ross
Sara Ross

I freeze cheese and never have a problem with it. When I get blocks of cheese I grate it and then freeze it. Works great. STock up!!!

Cathy
Cathy

Even before I used to coupon I would buy a big bag of shredded cheese at Costco and transfer it to smaller ziploc bags and freeze them to save money.

LaToya
LaToya

Same here - freeze the shredded....don't freeze the blocks. We freeze milk too. Got a mailer in the mail that Walmart had the 1/2 gallons for 97-cents; that's the cheapest I've seen milk.

Rhonda
Rhonda

I freeze the mozarella bricks all the time -- melts the same even though it crumbles when defrosted. I usually grate it (oftentimes, still frozen) right before I put it on the pizza or atop the casserole and it tastes/looks/browns great!

pam
pam

Glad they got cheese, I tried to get cheese and cool whip, our alb in mt home is all out....I always miss out on these big deals, and I don't shop on sunday... Wish our Alb. stocked up better.

A Thrifty Mom
A Thrifty Mom

Pam the sale is good till Tuesday.... most stores are restocking today or tomorrow so call your store.

Emily E
Emily E

If I get a big block of cheese at costco and I know I wont' use it all, I'll cut it into smaller portions, vacuum seal it and then keep it in the fridge. It'll last that way a long time. As long as it's not exposed to air, cheese will last.

Amy
Amy

Cheese slices freeze well too. I had some in my freezer for a year (i had gotten like 50 packs free awhile back) and they thawed out totally fine, just like I had bought them that day.

Lori D
Lori D

I grate it and put a little flour in with it so it won't stick together (mix it up). Put it in freezer bags and whalla

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