You may or may not be aware but when it comes to most dairy products, and this includes cheese, you’ll often find that it doesn’t freeze particularly well. You can take some precautions to improve the way it freezes and the same can be said for Edam cheese. So can you freeze Edam? Well… Sort of.
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 Edam cheese:
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.
- 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 occurring on the surface of the cheese which can ruin the texture.
- Place each wrapped block into a freezer bag or airtight container and place in the fridge.
Can You 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, 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 in a bag.
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 to 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.
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. 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.
Other Questions about Edam Cheese
Below are a few of the other common questions we have come across when it comes to Edam – some related to freezing and some not. If you’re still sat there with a question or two about Edam cheese then drop a comment at the bottom of this article and we’ll aim to help out as much as possible.
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.