How To Freeze Edam Cheese
Once you open a block of Edam, it’ll last for around 4 weeks if you have wrapped and stored it properly in the fridge.
But sometimes, that simply isn’t long enough so know that there are ways to freeze it can be incredibly helpful – but you need to freeze it correctly.
- Portion Up
Take your remaining block of Edam cheese and portion it up. You want to cut it into blocks that you know you’ll use in one go to avoid wastage.
Wrap each blog in a layer of clingfilm followed by a layer of foil. This will prevent oxidation from occurring on the surface of the cheese which can ruin the texture.
- Bag Up and Freeze
Place each wrapped block into a freezer bag or airtight container and place it in the freezer.
How to Freeze Sliced Edam Cheese
You can freeze sliced Edam but you’ll find the texture will change pretty quickly because you have exposed such a large surface area of the cheese. If you can avoid it, freeze it sliced and, instead, freeze it in blocks as we have done above.
If you do decide to freeze sliced Edam then use the same method by wrapping each slice in clingfilm and then storing it in a bag.
3 Tips for Freezing Edam Cheese
Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing Edam cheese to have the best results:
- Wrap Securely – Keeping the air out is vital so make sure you wrap the cheese in multiple layers to ensure there is no way for the air to find a way in.
- Label Clearly – Make sure you clearly label the Edam with the type of cheese so you can tell the difference between frozen Edam and Gouda, for example.
- Use Cooked – Like a lot of cheese varieties, Edam doesn’t freeze well if you plan on using it raw in a sandwich or salad. However, if you’re going to melt it then you won’t notice the difference so try to use it in cooked dishes.
How Long Can You Freeze Edam Cheese?
Dairy products will degrade quite quickly in the freezer. The flavour won’t change too much but, texturally, you’ll notice the difference. It can become grainy or gritty as the fats freeze at a different rate from the rest of the cheese.
That’s why we would limit the time it is in the freezer to 3 months.
Beyond this point and provided that it has been frozen correctly, it will remain safe to eat, but might not be quite as tasty or enjoyable.
You Can Freeze Edam Cheese for Around 3 Months
How Do You Defrost Edam Cheese?
You have two options here: You can either freeze it slowly in the fridge overnight or you can use the microwave to quickly thaw it. If you opt for freezing it slowly in the fridge then you can keep it in the fridge for a few days before it needs to all be consumed.
If, however, you have opted to use the microwave to thaw it then you need to make sure you use it immediately.
Can You Refreeze Edam Cheese?
We would strongly advise against refreezing Edam. Unfortunately, freezing it once will instantly impact the texture. Freezing it for a second time will accelerate this change and make it inedible and unpleasant at best.
Instead, portion the Edam out so you can easily defrost a small piece at a time, negating the need to ever refreeze it.
Does Edam Cheese Freeze Well?
This isn’t an easy question to answer. This is because it comes down to how you’re going to use it. Edam cheese has a recognisable semi-hard and almost rubbery texture. When it is frozen, it is going to lose this quality. It is likely to become a little grainy and crumbly.
If you plan on using it raw in sandwiches for example then it is not a good idea to freeze it. If, however, you’re going to melt it or use it in sauces then freezing Edam will work fine.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing Edam or Edam cheese in general, then these may help:
Where is Edam Cheese from?
Edam is a semi-hard cheese from a town, unsurprisingly, called Edam in the north of the Netherlands. Traditionally, you’ll find it in a small round with a red paraffin wax exterior.
Can You Melt Edam Cheese?
The simple answer is yes. Edam cheese will melt really well. A slice or two in a toasted sandwich will work well if you want a melted gooey centre loaded up with cheese.
Is Edam Cheese Vegetarian?
Traditionally speaking, Edam is made using rennet from animals which will render it unsuitable for vegetarians. However, it is worth checking the label of each Edam you come across as some will be suitable for vegetarians.
It’s not a hard rule that all Edam cheese is unsuitable.
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