Cheese is one dairy product some people have a hard time living without. From cooking to baking, this food item is handy in all kinds of different cuisines.
Now, in terms of its preservation, most people feel that cheese can last forever. They think they can just cut off the moldy areas, and their cheese will be good as new, but this isn’t always true. Each type of cheese has different textures, tastes, and biocultural diversity. Hence, all cheese cannot be treated the same, especially in terms of its preservation. If you want your cheese to last, you need to learn how to freeze it.
Disclaimer: It’s important to note that not all cheeses can be frozen. This is because of their molecular integrity. Only semi-hard cheeses can be frozen since the creamier cheeses will leave a watery mess when defrosted.
You can freeze cheese if it’s cheddar, parmesan, swiss, feta, mozzarella, Havarti, gouda, or Emmental. Do not try freezing Stilton, cream cheese, Brie, Camembert, or any cheese that is low fat.
Here’s how you can freeze cheese.
Grate your cheese and put it in a Ziploc bag, then wrap it tightly and put it in the freezer. Cheese shouldn’t be frozen in blocks, because it encourages drying out and reduces its integrity.
Now, with cheese, texture is everything, so textural problems may arise from thawing it after it’s been frozen. Also, if you’re freezing cheese, be sure not to keep it longer than six months. When you want to use it, place it in the fridge so it can defrost. Once defrosted, you can go ahead and use this cheese for cooking, baking, or any other purpose you have for it.