Cooking tips for the caring cook.
Freezing Cheese Without Ruining It!
- Hard cheeses (aged Gouda, Manchego, Cheddar) will keep in the freezer, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap and aluminum foil, for two to three months. It is best not to store a soft cheese (Blue cheeses, Brie, Goat/Chevre) in the freezer. Soft cheese contains over 45 percent water, while hard and semi-hard cheeses contain 30 to 45 percent.
- Cream cheese freezes well; if crumbly and slightly separated, whip before using.
- Freezing aged cheese has the advantage of preventing mold and helping some of the more perishable cheeses retain their flavor for longer periods.
- Freeze in small pieces; larger pieces tend to crumble when thawed.
- Recommended maximum storage time in the freezer is 3 months.
Extra Cheese-Freezing Tip:
If you want to freeze old or extra old cheese, grate it before freezing because it will crumble if frozen and you won't be able to grate it when you thaw it. The cheese will also defrosts faster if grated before you freeze the cheese. If desired, add garlic and herbs after you defrost the cheese for an exquisite cheese for Cheesy Garlic Bread or Parmesan Bread Sticks.