A firm, British favourite, cheddar cheese is a staple item you can find in most fridges. Delicious and versatile it can keep for ages in the fridge, as long as you keep it well wrapped and airtight. But sometimes you just can’t get through the whole block in time so what do you do with the leftovers? Can you freeze cheddar cheese?
There is a bit of good news and bad news when answering this question. The good news is that yes you can freeze it. Unfortunately, the bad news is that it won’t be quite the same as cheese that hasn’t been frozen.
Let’s explain this a little further. Cheese, as with most dairy products, has a high-fat content and a relatively high water content too. So, when you freeze it the fat molecules are drawn together away from the water in the cheese. This changes the texture of the cheese to be a bit crumbly rather than creamy. If you don’t mind this texture change or plan to only use your cheddar cheese in cooking then this isn’t a problem! It is safe to freeze cheese and once it has been melted into food you won’t be able to tell the difference.
So how do you freeze cheddar cheese? Let’s find out!
Use the table of contents below to navigate through this article to answer some of the most common questions people have when it comes to freezing cheddar:
How To Freeze Cheddar Cheese
There are a few ways you can freeze cheddar cheese. The most recommended way is grated but you can also choose to freeze it in blocks or slices too.
How to Freeze Grated Cheddar Cheese
- Grate your cheddar cheese or buy it already grated for you.
- Pop it into an airtight freezer bag.
- Add a spoonful of cornflour. This helps to stop the cheese sticking together in the bag.
- Give the bag a gentle shake to coat all the cheese with the cornflour.
- Label the bag with the date and pop it into the freezer.
- After about thirty minutes take the bag out and give it a gentle shake to separate the grated cheese.
- Pop it back into the freezer.
How to Freeze Blocks of Cheddar Cheese
- Wrap your cheese in parchment paper.
- Add another layer of wrapping.
- Pop the whole block into a freezer bag.
- Add a label with the date and contents and freeze.
How to Freeze Slices of Cheddar Cheese
- Cut your cheese into slices.
- Cut some parchment paper into squares slightly larger than the slices of cheddar cheese.
- Layer up the cheese and make sure you put a square of parchment paper between each layer. This stops the slices freezing together into a lump and makes it much easier for you to grab out just the number of slices you need at a later date.
- Wrap the whole thing in foil or parchment and then pop it into an airtight freezer bag.
- Label the bag with the date and pop it into the freezer to freeze.
Can You Freeze Cheddar Cheese Sauce?
Cheese sauce can pep up any meal with ease and the good news is you can freeze cheddar cheese sauce too. To freeze just follow these instructions.
- Make sure the sauce is completely cooled before freezing.
- Pour the sauce into freezer-safe containers or freezer bags. Make sure you freeze just one portion in each bag or container and leave a gap at the top to allow the sauce to expand when it freezes.
- Pop it into the freezer and freeze.
When it comes to defrosting this you will need to allow it to defrost slowly in the fridge for a few hours. You might find that the cheese sauce has separated a little but a quick blend or whisk and it should be fine again.
How Long Can You Freeze Cheddar Cheese
Cheddar can be kept frozen for up to two months. After this, you might find it starts to deteriorate and change in taste. Just make sure you pull out your cheese before the two months is up and it should be fine.
You Can Freeze Cheddar Cheese for Around 2 Months
How Do You Defrost Cheddar Cheese?
Blocks or slices of cheddar cheese will need to be defrosted in the fridge overnight or for a few hours.
If you have chosen to freeze your cheddar cheese in a grated form then you have a little more versatility when it comes to thawing it out. You can either defrost it slowly in the fridge or for best results just use it frozen. Add it directly into your cooking or as a topping to melt over food. You may need to adjust your cooking times slightly but frozen grated cheese works really well in cooking.
Can You Refreeze Cheddar Cheese?
You shouldn’t refreeze cheddar cheese whether it’s been frozen in a sauce, grated or in blocks or slices. Bacteria can grow during the heating up and cooling process and the more times you do this the more chance bacteria have to grow. The cheese will also deteriorate every time you freeze it and become unusable.
Does Cheddar Cheese Freeze Well?
Cheddar cheese doesn’t freeze particularly well. It does suffer from a change in texture and you might notice a slight taste change too. This is why we recommend that any frozen cheese is used in cooking. You won’t notice the change at all once it has been melted and cooked.
Other Questions about Cheddar Cheese
Below are a few of the other common questions we have come across when it comes to cheddar – some related to freezing and some not. If you’re still sat there with a question or two about cheddar then drop a comment at the bottom of this article and we’ll aim to help out as much as possible.
Can You Freeze Shredded Cheese?
Whether it’s shredded, crumbled, grated or shaved – hard cheese such as cheddar can be frozen in much the same way as the method we have outlined above for freezing grated cheddar. Just make sure you store it in an airtight bag.
Can You Freeze Other Cheeses?
There are a few kinds of cheese which freeze particularly well such as mozzarella and others which don’t such as camembert. It’s for this reason that we have a dedicated category for cheese. Head on over to the cheese category to learn more about other cheeses that you can and cannot freeze well.