Can You Freeze Cheese? Yes—Here’s What You Need to Know

You can buy cheese in bulk and find no shortage of ways to enjoy it. But can you freeze cheese to make it last longer?

Dairy products are notoriously fussy when it comes to freezing. But when there’s a great sale at the grocery store, it’s hard to resist the siren call of delicious 2 for $4 cheese. After all, it doesn’t last forever in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze cheese?

Yes—sometimes! The general rule of thumb is that freezing cheese will likely change its texture. If you do opt to freeze extra cheese, its best use after thawing is for cooking—the texture change becomes a moot point after it’s all melted. You probably don’t want to freeze the fancy stuff you bought for snacking on with homemade crackers, though. But frozen cheese, once thawed, would be perfect in a cheesy casserole recipe.

Here are some FAQs about freezing cheese, along with their answers:

1. Can you freeze mozzarella cheese?

Blocks of mozzarella or shredded mozzarella are fine to freeze, though they tend to have a crumbly texture after freezing. Just avoid freezing fresh mozzarella, as its high water content has a likelihood of forming ice crystals.

2. Can you freeze cottage cheese?

Cottage cheese, along with ricotta cheese, can be frozen. However, upon thawing, both cheeses are likely to have a grainier texture. As with most frozen cheeses, thawed cottage and ricotta cheeses are best used in baked or cooked recipes. Try using the extras in a ricotta cheese recipe instead.

3. Can you freeze cheese slices?

Yep! For prepackaged sliced cheese, just pop the package into a freezer bag and place it in the freezer. For deli-sliced cheese, place a piece of parchment paper in between each slice of cheese. Then wrap the cheese in freezer paper, tape shut and place the whole package in a freezer bag or freezer-safe container. Have you heard about raclette cheese? It is the classic Swiss dish you need to be making right now.

4. Can you freeze shredded cheese?

For prepackaged shredded cheese, place the package in a freezer bag before putting it in the freezer. For cheese you shred or grate yourself, place it in a freezer bag and carefully remove as much air as possible from the bag. Freezing food this way can prevent freezer burn.

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Susan Bronson
Susan Bronson is a writer and editor based in Northern Wisconsin.