How to Freeze Camembert Cheese
Before we get started explaining how to go about freezing it, you need to make sure you have the best cheese possible. Don’t try and salvage some dodgy-looking camembert. Instead, get the best you possibly can.
It needs to be completely intact with no external cracks or dry patches. Also, check the best before date and make sure your cheese is not beyond that date.
If you find the cheese is quite soft, then leave it in the fridge for a few days to allow it to ripen and harden a little.
Once you’ve got the best cheese you can, you can get to freezing it:
- Portion Camembert
So that you can grab a piece of cheese as and when you need it from the freezer, you will first want to portion the camembert into wedges. Cut your cheese into wedges weighing roughly 200 grams each. This isn’t a rule but just a guideline. YOu know how much cheese you’re likely to consume in one go, so make sure you cut it into portions you’ll consume.
- Wrap Them
Wrap each piece in a layer of foil, followed by a layer of clingfilm. You don’t want to stink your freezer out with the smell of cheese! Imagine going to grab an ice cube for a refreshing drink only to discover it has the faint taste of cheese…
- Bag and Freeze
Place your cheese wedges into a freezer bag for a further layer of protection, and place the bag in the freezer. Be careful when placing the bag in the freezer as you don’t want your cheese to get crushed by other items.
That’s all there is to it to freeze camembert.
3 Tips for Freezing Camembert Cheese
Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing camembert to have the best results:
- Avoid Doing So – Unfortunately, camembert cheese does not freeze well at all. There will be a hugely noticeable change in the texture and structure. Where possible, avoid freezing it at all.
- Cook It – If you have frozen it, then it’s a good idea to cook it. It will be unpleasant to eat neat so try to incorporate it into another dish.
- Use It Quickly – The longer it is in the freezer, the greater the breakdown will be. Try to limit the period of time it is kept in the freezer.
How Long Can You Freeze Camembert Cheese?
You can freeze your camembert cheese for as long as you want – in theory.
The major issue is that the longer you freeze it, the more degraded the texture will become. There is also an increased chance you’ll lose some of the flavour. That’s why we would recommend freezing camembert for a maximum of 3 months.
You Can Freeze Camembert Cheese for up to 3 Months
How Do You Defrost Camembert Cheese?
Unfortunately, when it comes to defrosting camembert cheese, you’ll need A LOT of patience. Slow and steady is the way to go with defrosting it. Take the amount of cheese you need out of the freezer and place the wedges in a bowl.
Place the bowl in the fridge and give it at least 24 hours to defrost. If you can give it closer to 48 hours, then that would be even better.
Once softened, carefully remove the layers of protection from it. There is a small chance that the foil has got caught in the body of the cheese, so do this carefully as you don’t want to find yourself (or your guests) chewing on a piece of foil.
If you’re desperate to eat your camembert, or perhaps you forgot to get it out of the freezer in time, then you can try and use the defrost function on your microwave. You will end up ruining some of the texture, however, and there is a risk you’ll ruin the flavour. If you can, try and be as prepared as possible and get that camembert out of the freezer a day or two in advance.
Try and use your camembert as soon as you can after defrosting. It will keep fine in the fridge for an additional 3 days.
Can You Refreeze Camembert Cheese?
No! Don’t do it! If you refreeze camembert, you will decimate the texture. You’re already going to have major issues with the texture of your cheese if you choose to freeze it just once. Doing so for a second time will completely ruin it.
Does Camembert Cheese Freeze Well?
If you’re looking at the taste and texture alone, then fresh is 100% better. The problem with freezing is that your camembert can become crumbly and/or rubbery regardless of how hard you try to freeze it. There is also a risk that the camembert will lose some of its flavour when it is frozen – whether it’s frozen for a month or half a year.
However, freezing camembert does allow you to stock up, avoid waste and keep your camembert safe for several months. If you plan on melting your camembert or turning it into a dip, then freezing it will work just fine.
Just don’t serve it to a cheese connoisseur who will know you’ve frozen it immediately.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing camembert cheese or cheese in general, then these may help:
How Long Will Camembert Keep in the Fridge After Defrosting?
Ideally, you should eat it as soon as you defrost it. The longer you leave it, the worse the taste and texture are going to get. You’ll be safe to leave the camembert in the fridge for a maximum of 4 days after you have thawed it out.
What Other Cheeses Freeze Well?
Camembert is not the best cheese in the world to freeze. Unfortunately – this can be applied to most creamy, soft cheeses. However, some cheeses do freeze particularly well. These include mozzarella, Indian paneer, cheddar and parmesan.
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