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How to freeze cheese

A guide to freezing and thawing cheese.

While most cheeses lose their texture from having been frozen, the cooking properties and flavours largely remain no different, even after several months in the freezer.

If you are planning to use your cheese for cooking purposes, Cheddar, Havarti and Emmental are great at handling storage at freezing temperatures. Cheese with a lot of moisture, such as Mozzarella, lose a great deal of consistency however, and is best served cooked, while soft cheeses, i.e. Brie and Camembert, should not be frozen at all.

When preparing your cheese for the freezer, cut it into hand-sized portions, wrap the pieces in aluminium foil and then place them in a freezer bag. When you want to use your cheese, thaw it in the refrigerator, and use it within the next three days. 

Here is a quick guide to which cheeses are suitable for freezing. 

Can you freeze…

 

Parmesan cheese? 

Yes - up to sixth months

 

Cheddar cheese? 

Yes – up to six months

 

Stilton cheese?

Unsuitable

 

Brie cheese?

Unsuitable

 

Camembert cheese? 

Unsuitable

 

Cream cheese? 

Unsuitable

 

Feta cheese? 

Yes – 3-4 months 

 

Mozzarella cheese? 

Yes – 3-4 months

 

Cheese, high fat (>25%)? 

Yes – 3-4 months

 

Cheese, low fat (<25%)? 

Unsuitable

 

Cheese, grated?  

Yes – 3-4 months