Cheese always tastes best fresh, but freezing cheese is generally not a problem. However, not all varieties are suitable for this type of storage. Here are our ten tips for freezing cheese.
If we freeze food in time, we can often save it from spoiling and going to the bin. Cheese has one advantage: It is not one of the perishable foods and can be stored in the refrigerator for a few weeks if stored correctly.
Freezing cheese: how sensible is that?
To be completely honest: cheese tastes best fresh! You can freeze hard cheese without any problems, but it loses its flavor in the freezer. And he doesn’t look as appetizing as he was when he went shopping.
In some cases, however, freezing cheese can make sense, for example if you want to use the frozen and thawed cheese for gratinating.
These cheeses are suitable for the freezer
Hard cheeses with a high fat content are best suited for the freezer. Cheese types such as Gouda, Emmental, Bergkäse or Edam can easily be stored in the freezer for a few weeks.
Types of cheese that you heat up after defrosting, such as raclette cheese or grated cheese for gratinating, are also well suited for freezing.
Hard cheeses such as Parmesan or Grana Padano begin to crumble slightly after defrosting and are then difficult to grate. It is therefore best to grate this cheese and freeze it as airtight as possible to avoid drying out.
It is better not to freeze these cheeses
The higher the water content, the less suitable the cheese is for freezing. The water in the cheese crystallizes in the freezer, after thawing the cheese often looks greasy and not very appetizing. Cream cheese can flake when thawed, Brie or Camembert can become mushy. It is better to eat these types of cheese fresh and not freeze them.
Tips for freezing cheese
It is best to freeze cheese in one piece and not in slices. Slices of cheese tend to stick together – you can avoid this with greaseproof paper.
You should freeze cheese as fresh as possible and not just before the expiry date.
You can freeze hard cheese for up to three months without any problems. However, the longer it is in the freezer, the more it loses its flavor.
Pack cheese for freezing as airtight as possible.
Freezer bags are suitable for freezing (be sure to wipe out the air!), the cheese paper in which the cheese was bought, or boxes made of plastic, glass or stainless steel.
It is best to place the cheese in the fridge to thaw.