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How to Freeze Cheese

You can freeze all kinds of cheese! Freeze cheese slices, shredded cheese, soft cheese and cheese blocks all with no problem at all when you know how to freeze cheese! I’ll show you how! 

4 oz pepper jack frozen cheese block in freezer bag

Why This Recipe Works

  • Its FAST
  • EASY
  • You probably already have everything you need ( like cheese in the refrigerator that you need to do something with!) 
  • Saves Money! 

Here’s How It’s Done

STEP 1. Gather your types of cheese and sharpie marker. Label the bag with the ingredients, today’s date and a “USE BY” date (6 months from now). 

hand labeling bag with sharpie marker

STEP 2. Place  it into the zip lock bag and squeeze out as much air as possible. Seal the bag with air removed. 

hand pressing air out of freezer bag around the cheese block

STEP 3. Place it in the bag and lay as flat as possible.

hands sealing up the freezer bag

How To Freeze Cheese

Place the cheese into a resealable freezer quality plastic bag,  Squeeze out as much air as possible. Seal and label the bag. Place into the freezer laying it as flat as possible. 

How To Use Frozen Cheese

It will need to thaw to use it UNLESS it is already shredded.

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Cowboy Lasagna

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Try melting some on these Frozen Fries

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Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ’s)

Can Cheese Be Frozen? 

Yes, absolutely! It’s easy and fast and will save you a ton of money in the long run. Simply follow the instructions in the recipe card below. 

Can Sliced Cheese Be Frozen?

Yes, it can! NO problem with freezing sliced cheese at all! I’ll show you how, just keep reading! 

Can You Freeze Shredded Cheese?

Yes, you can! You can put the bag directly into the freezer the way it comes from the store if it is not opened yet. Only keep it this way for up to 1 month.

If you have already opened the bag, then follow the directions listed below. 

Frozen shredded cheese is perfect to add right to a cooked dish.

Can You Freeze Homemade Cheese like Fresh Mozzarella? 

Yes, freeze homemade cheese just like you do commercially produced cheese but use it within 3 months. Wrap in plastic wrap first though. 

Can I Freeze a Brick of Cheese? 

Yes, you can! You can put the brick directly into the freezer the way it comes from the store if it is not opened yet. Only keep it this way for up to 1 month.

If you have already opened the bag, then follow the directions listed below. Perfect for Grilled Cheese!

Can I Freeze Soft Cheeses?

Yes, you can! Freeze soft cheese directly in the freezer the way it comes from the store (the aluminum foil package)  if it is not opened yet. Only keep it this way for up to 1 month.

If you have already opened the cheese, then follow the directions listed below. 

Can You Freeze Brie Cheese? 

Yes, you can! Freeze brie directly in the freezer the way it comes from the store after you place it in a freezer safe plastic bag, squeeze the air out and seal it.

If you have already opened the cheese, then follow the directions listed below. 

Can I Freeze Blue Cheese

Yes, you can! Freeze brie directly in the freezer the way it comes from the store after you place it in a freezer safe plastic bag, squeeze the air out and seal it.

If you have already opened the cheese, then follow the directions listed below. 

Can You Freeze Mozzarella Cheese? 

Yes, you can! Freeze mozzarella directly in the freezer the way it comes from the store after you place it in a freezer safe plastic bag, squeeze the air out and seal it.

If you have already opened the cheese, then follow the directions listed below. 

cutting board with cheese and knife

Does Freezing Cheese Change How It Tastes? 

No, freezing cheese does not change the taste. It  maintains the cheese with no noticeable taste, texture or melting qualities. 

Do I Need to Thaw It Before Using It In a Recipe?

You do not need cheese  thaw before using it in a recipe if you are able to separate it as needed for the recipe. For example: Shredded may be able to sprinkle directly on your recipe. A block , however, may be too hard to cut. 

How Do I Thaw It? 

Put the bag into the refrigerator the day before you plan to use. 

OR

Place In  a zip lock type bag, seal it, float it in a large bowl of tepid water for 20-30 minutes. Replace the water if it becomes warm. 

How To Freeze Cheese to Avoid Freezer Burn.

The main points to avoid freezer burn …

  • Remove as much air as possible from the freezer bag. 
  • Make sure there are no holes in your freezer bag.
  • Keep  at a steady temp as close to 0 as possible. 

Here’s a great resource on this very topic from the NSF! 

How to Know If It Is Bad

If you notice….

  1. The it is encased in ice crystals or frost
  2. Become a very light color and dry
  3. It has been in the there longer than 6 months.
  4. There was a lot of air in the package.
block of blue cheese on cutting board

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If You Want To Know More About Freezing Other Foods, Check Out….

How to Freeze Steak

How To Freeze Raw Beef

Freezing Chicken

How to Freeze Bacon

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COWBOY LASAGNA

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4 oz pepper jack frozen cheese block in freezer bag

How to Freeze Cheese

You can freeze all kinds of cheese!  Freeze cheese slices, shredded cheese, soft cheese and cheese blocks all with no problem at all when you know how to freeze cheese!  I'll show you how! 
5 from 3 votes
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to Freeze Cheese, Can you freeze cheese
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 228kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 1 lb cheese any variety, sliced, block, singles or shredded

Instructions

  • Label the freezer bag with a sharpie marker to indicate what will be in the bag and how many. Label with today's date and a "USE BY" date (6 months to 1 year from now).
  • Place the cheese into the freezer bag and lay flat
  • Squeeze as much air as possible from the bag.
  • Seal the bag.
  • Place the bag of cheese into the freezer and lay flat so that they will freeze flat.

Notes

  • Use good quality freezer bags (this doesn't necessarily mean name brand).  Just check to make sure that the bag feels heavy and thick in your hand and that the seal works very well.
  • It's so easy to use the type of bag with the zippers, but I've had more bag failures with the zipper bags than with the press and seal type bags. 
  • Buy yourself a sharpie marker to keep in the kitchen in your "junk" drawer OR tape it to the front of your freezer bag box.  Then you'll always have one. 
  • The flater that you can make the bag, the better for saving space in your freezer. 
  • When putting things in the freezer, put the newer things on the bottom of the stack so that the older things are near the top and you'll use those first. 
  • Squeeze air out of the bag after you put the meat into the bag by rolling it up. Air in the bag will equal freezer burn later. 
PRO TIP:  Label the bag BEFORE you put the food in the bag.  It's so much easier to write on a bag with nothing in it BEFORE it has water or grease on it. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Freeze Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 352mg15%
Potassium 56mg2%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 568IU11%
Calcium 409mg41%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Kristy

Saturday 14th of March 2020

Thank you so much for all of this information! Like you I pray this is all a farce! Pretty sad, really! But, even as our President said, "best to be safe"!

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 15th of March 2020

Hi Kristy! No worries! I'll try to add to my "freezing" repository over the next few weeks to help others out!

Moxie

Friday 27th of September 2019

Great way to keep that cheese!

Wendi Spraker

Friday 27th of September 2019

Thanks!

Wendi Spraker

Thursday 26th of September 2019

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