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Brie is a French cheese known for its creamy texture and mild flavor. Traditionally, brie is made of raw, unpasteurized milk, though only pasteurized milk brie is sold in the United States due to raw milk prohibitions. Brie often makes its appearance at parties and holidays as a spreadable cheese for crackers and other nibbles. If you need to store the brie for a few weeks prior to use, or have a lot left over after a party, freezing is a viable storage choice. It will slightly alter the texture of the cheese.
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Tear off a square of plastic freezer wrap that is three times the width of the brie. Set the brie in the center of the plastic and wrap the plastic tightly around the cheese.
Tear off a second piece of plastic wrap. Wrap the brie a second time to ensure that none of the cheese is exposed to the air. Place the wrapped cheese in a freezer storage bag to further protect against freezer burn.
Label the bag with the contents and the date frozen, then place the brie in the freezer. It can be stored for up to six months.
Remove the brie from the freezer and place it in the refrigerator 24 hours prior to use. Slow defrosting prevents condensation from forming on the cheese, and helps prevent major altering of texture and flavor.
Brie with an uncut rind is less likely to change texture than sliced or cut brie.
If you plan to use the brie within two weeks, store it in the refrigerator--this will not change the texture of the cheese.
The texture is often not as smooth after freezing. Frozen brie is most suitable for use in cooked dishes or dips.