Handling cheese properly ensures that it remains high in quality. When you have too much cheese or you cannot consume it all, preserve the cheese slices in the freezer. Freeze hard and semi-hard cheeses to prolong the shelf life. Freezing cheese does not affect the flavor, but the texture may become crumbly once thawed. Cheeses that freeze well include, but are not limited to, brick, cheddar, mozzarella, Parmesan, Swiss and Edam.
Things You'll Need
- Aluminum foil
- Freezer paper
- Plastic wrap
- Freezer bag or container
Wrap cheese slices in moisture-proof wrapping, such aluminum foil, freezer paper or plastic wrap. Place the wrapped cheese inside a freezer bag or container. If the sliced cheese already contains a moisture-proof wrapping, leave it on the cheese.
Place the cheese slices in the freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Freeze the cheese for up to six months.
Thaw the cheese in the refrigerator so it does not lose moisture. Use the cheese after it thaws for best results.
Tips & Warnings
- Cheese slices freeze best when they are cut into 1/2 lb. to 1 lb. blocks or less.
- Cheese slices may change in texture so freeze the cheese with this in mind. Never smell moldy cheese or open mold-covered cheese in the kitchen because the mold spores can make you ill.
- Clemson University; Handling of Cheese for Safety & Quality; Pamela Schmutz et al.; June 2008
- North Dakota State University; Food Storage Guide; Julie Garden-Robinson; October 2007
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Common Food Questions and Answers; Alice Henneman
- National Center for Home Food Preservation: Freezing Cheese
- Fort Valley State University: Storing Cheese
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