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Today’s post is another educational post about how to save money on buying in bulk & freezing your food. This time I am talking all about CHEESE! We love cheese, but it’s expensive, so I buy it in bulk & freeze mine. Or anytime I see a deal, like a 2lb block of cheese for $5 or less, it’s stock up time! This is how I freeze my cheese to use later.
Basically, you need to get your cheese in the form you will be using it before you freeze it. Freezing the whole block of cheese won’t work because the structure of the cheese changes when it freezes. So shredding & slicing cheese after it has been frozen, turns the cheese into a crumbly mess. I have frozen mozzarella, cheddar, colby jack & parmesan cheese with success, so I am fairly confident this works with any cheese. Here is how you do it:
I buy some of my cheese already shredded. I actually prefer it that way because they put some kind of coating on the cheese so it doesn’t stick. I buy the big 5lb bag at Sam’s club for about $13. Then I use my trusty quart size baggies that have been labeled with that days date & the name of the cheese if I think I will forget. I don’t use freezer bags, but I rotate the bags of cheese well. Then I scale each bag to weigh 1lb, squeeze as much air out as possible & then zip it shut. Weighing the bags is optional, you can eyeball it pretty easily. Just squeeze as much air out as you can before you zip it shut.
If you buy a block of cheese, which I like to buy the 2lb blocks when they go on sale for $5 or less, then you can shred that yourself as well. Just cut the block into manageable pieces, then shred it in a food processor or by hand if you don’t have one. Don’t shred it all at once or it will get packed into your machine & it will stick together. I will put a 2lb block into 3 quart sized bags. This also helps the cheese from getting packed down & stuck together. Stack bags of prepared shredded cheese flat on top of each other to freeze.
To slice the cheese for sandwiches, I absolutely LOVE my marble cheese slicer. It cuts so smooth & straight & I can get a lot more slices than any other knives or hand held slicers I have tried. Colby Jack comes apart the easiest, but the harder cheeses like cheddar do okay as well. When I stack mine, I stagger them. You might need the assistance of a butter knife to peel it apart when you go to use it, but it should stay in tact pretty well. You can also choose to cut little pieces of wax paper to place between the slices. To me that is more work & more stuff to buy, so I just stagger mine & use a butter knife to separate my slice from the stack. Again you will want to label your bags before filling them. I use plain old sandwich bags & I like to store the cheese slices in the side door of the freezer.
When you pull any of these cheeses from the freezer to use, you want to allow some time for it to thaw in the fridge for best food safety practices. That’s it! Just remember to prepare your cheese, portion it out, & package it squeezing as much of the air out that you can! My cheese slices last about 2-3 months without any freezer burn & the shredded usually does better, about 4 months. You can try using freezer bags to help with freezer burn, but we usually use the cheese before it sees any effects from the freezer. Happy Freezing!
12 Comments on “Freezing Cheese”
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My family owns a dairy farm so we add cheese to every recipe possible, and some recipes that you might think would be impossible! I always have shredded cheese in the freezer, just in case! So glad you shared this tip with others! Here’s to cheese!!
That would be cheese heaven if I had access to that much cheese! Thanks for stopping by!
I was just wondering about this! I always thought you couldn’t freeze cheese, but I’m really glad to know you can! And I need one of those marble cheese slicers too! 🙂
Totally interesting. I’ve never tried this before. And I love that darn marble cheese slicer! That is so cool.
So helpful! Love this post and I’ll totally put it to use!
Thanks for the informative post, Amber!
My mom always buys big bags from Costco and freezes them…definitely a good idea! Also, I have never seen using a food processor to shred cheese…such a good idea! I never buy the blocks because I had shredding them…maybe I will now 🙂
Yeah, as long as you have that shredding attachment, you can shred your cheese 🙂
This is so great to know! Thanks!
I love, love, LOVE this post!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to put it together to help those of us that are clueless 🙂 PINNING!
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Yay! Glad to hear it’s a useful post!