Freeze And Thaw Parmesan: This Is How It Works

Hard cheeses like Parmesan are great for freezing. In this way, you achieve a long shelf life and always have delicious cheese available, whether for pesto or pasta.

Freeze parmesan perfectly

The harder a cheese is and the longer it has matured, the better it freezes. This variant is particularly suitable for Parmesan, which eventually becomes hard and dry in the refrigerator or begins to mold. Most types of cheese, like Parmesan, mature from production to further processing or consumption. This is how the full-bodied aroma is created. You interrupt this important process by freezing. However, you can preserve the full-bodied flavor with proper storage. In general, you should note the following:

  • Only touch cheese by the rind, otherwise, germs will form
  • Use freezer bags or plastic containers
  • Write the date of freezing on the bag or tin
  • Freeze the grated parmesan in an airtight container

Vacuum pack Parmesan

Vacuum sealing is even better than any can. By removing the air, the cheese stays fresh and full-bodied. Another advantage is that you save a lot of space in your freezer. Parmesan can be vacuumed in one piece, but also in portions.

Portion parmesan

If you portion the parmesan into small pieces and freeze it, you have a fresh piece ready for every occasion. You should note the following:

  • Use a clean knife so that no bacteria get on the cheese
  • Leave the rind on the cheese to prevent drying out

Thaw parmesan perfectly

To thaw, place the can of parmesan in the fridge. If you want to use the cheese immediately after defrosting, you can leave it at room temperature for 2-3 hours. It quickly unfolds its full aroma. You can also use the parmesan immediately after taking it out of the freezer. Due to its low water content, it does not freeze completely. You can grate it, slice it, or use it in one piece to refine your dishes.

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Once you have thawed the parmesan, it should not be refrozen. As a result, it could lose a lot of its aroma and would no longer be really enjoyable if it was thawed further.

Is the freezer full?

No problem. Of course, you can also store your parmesan in the fridge. The best way to do this is to vacuum the Parmesan or wrap it in greaseproof paper and aluminum foil. This way, your Parmesan can be enjoyed for a few weeks or even months. You can find valuable tips on this in our article on storing Parmesan.

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Written by John Myers

Professional Chef with 25 years of industry experience at the highest levels. Restaurant owner. Beverage Director with experience creating world-class nationally recognized cocktail programs. Food writer with a distinctive Chef-driven voice and point of view.

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