Can cheddar cheese be frozen? The answer to this question is yes, you can freeze cheddar cheese.
However, there are a few things you need to know before doing so.
In this blog post, we will discuss the effect freezing cheddar cheese has on the cheese and how to freeze cheddar cheese properly.
We will also provide tips on how to thaw frozen cheddar cheese without ruining it.
Cheddar cheese is a type of popular hard cheese similar to parmesan, but they are quite different. Cheddar cheese has a sharp, nutty flavor. It is used in a variety of dishes, such as macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, and as a topping on salads.
Why Can You Freeze Cheddar Cheese?
Cheddar cheese can be frozen, you can generally freeze it at about -7 °C to -13 °C ( 20°F to 9°F) (1) but there are a few things you need to know before freezing it.
The older the cheddar, the lower the freezing temperature (2) despite having a fixed moisture content at about 33%. It’s likely that the increasing level of water-soluble substances as the cheese aged.
The study later compared the flavor and texture for 1-month frozen and unfrozen cheddar. However, it did not detect any significant difference in the two types of cheese.
However, when cheddar cheese is frozen, the texture of the cheese changes.
Since the cheese itself is already a low moisture hard cheese, the surface will tend to become crumbly and dry when it is thawed.
Also, freezing may cause the paraffin wax to flake off.
In order to avoid this, you should wrap the cheddar cheese tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. You can also put the cheddar cheese in a freezer bag.
Make sure to squeeze all the air out of the bag before sealing it.
A frozen hard cheese like cheddar will not melt as good as before (3).
How Long Does Cheddar Cheese Last in the Freezer?
If you store cheddar cheese in the freezer, it will last for about six to eight months for the best quality. When thawed, it gives the best results if used within one to two weeks.
Slow thawing minimizes the ice crystals’ damage to the texture and flavor of the cheese. Therefore, you should thaw cheddar cheese in the refrigerator (40°F) for 24-48 hours.
Thawed cheddar cheese can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.
You can also vacuum seal cheddar cheese before freezing it to help preserve its quality.
When you are ready to use the cheese, take out as much as you need, and then reseal the cheese so that it does not become exposed to air.
Cheddar cheese can be grated, sliced, or cubed before freezing for convenience.
You can also wrap the cheddar cheese in foil or parchment paper and then place it in a bag before freezing it.
Freezing the store-bought shredded or sliced cheddar cheese are fine too. If unopened, freeze them in the original package.
How to Freeze a Block of Cheddar Cheese?
Similarly, if unopened cheddar block, you can leave it in its original package.
To freeze a block of opened cheddar cheese, you will need to wrap it tightly in a parchment peper followed by aluminum foil. Put the cheddar cheese in a freezer bag to prevent freezer burn.
Make sure to label the date on the cheddar cheese before freezing it.
Frozen cheddar cheese can last for up to six months in the freezer.
When you are ready to use the cheddar cheese, take it out of the freezer and thaw it in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours. Do not try to microwave frozen cheddar cheese to thaw it.
You can use thawed cheddar cheese in any recipe that calls for shredded, sliced, or grated cheddar cheese.
The canned cheddar cheese sauce is freezable too but it will lose some of its consistency.