You throw together a Greek salad and crumble it over a small piece of feta which you break off the block you bought from the supermarket. You then wait a week before going back to use your feta only to discover it has gone dry and tangy.
But is freezing feta cheese a viable approach to take? And does feta freeze well or not?
Feta cheese can be frozen for up to 3 months. You must ensure that you only freeze quality, fresh feta. You won’t be able to revitalise mouldy feta by freezing it.
Can You Refreeze Feta? No
Does Feta Freeze Well? Sometimes
How to Freeze Feta Cheese
Once you have chosen the right feta to freeze, you can get to actually freezing it. Just follow these simple instructions below to freeze feta cheese at home properly:
- Prepare Feta Cheese
First, decide what size you want to freeze your feta in. We would advise keeping it as large as possible. Think about the quantity you use and then freeze it in portions this size. You can then cube it or crumble it when it has thawed.
- Wrap Feta Cheese
Wrap each piece of feta in a layer of cling film to avoid air getting to it. You could wrap it in two layers to err on the side of caution and be 100% certain that air cannot get in.
- Store in a Container
Place the feta cheese pieces into a container (we recommend using a rigid box instead of a bag to avoid unwanted damage).
- Freeze It
Put the container in the freezer. You can then remove the amount you need, as and when.
5 Tips for Freezing Feta Cheese
Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 5 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing feta to have the best results:
Keep it Large
The more cuts, slices and chunks you take from a block of feta cheese, the greater the risk of freezer burn. Instead, we would recommend keeping your feta in fairly large chunks in the freezer.
Protect, Protect, Protect
Air and oxidation are the worst enemies to your feta. You need to protect it so wrap it, then store it in an airtight container. This should be plenty of stop air from getting into your feta.
Soak in Saline Solution
If you find your frozen feta is bland then, after thawing, you can give it a soak in a saline solution. You need to add 1tsp of salt to a cup of water and then soak your feta for 30 minutes or so.
The texture of feta will change when it is frozen. This cannot be helpful. However, you can make those textural changes minimal by defrosting it slowly.
Use Frozen Feta for Cooking
As mentioned, the texture will change. This will make eating feta cheese atop a Greek salad unpalatable. Instead, use your feta in cooked dishes such as pasta bake when this change will go unnoticed.
How Long Can You Freeze Feta Cheese?
Although you can, in theory, keep feta frozen indefinitely – you won’t want to. After 2 to 3 months, your frozen feta will lose its distinct salty flavour profile. That’s why it’s important that you use it up within a couple of months.
As always, make sure you label your feta with the date it needs to be consumed so you can easily get organised.
You Can Freeze Feta Cheese for up to 3 Months
How Do You Defrost Feta Cheese?
When it comes to defrosting feta, the slower, the better. That’s why you should place the frozen feta in a bowl and then leave it in the fridge to slowly thaw out overnight.
Don’t rush this process otherwise you run the risk of having feta with no flavour and a strange texture.
How to Defrost Feta Cheese Quickly
As stated above, feta cheese is best defrosted slowly in the fridge. But this method can take 24 hours, if not longer. If you have forgotten to defrost your feta cheese, then there is an approach that allows you to defrost feta quickly.
Grab a bowl and fill it with cold water. Do not use warm or hot water. This will not speed up the thawing process but may melt the outside of the cheese. Place your bag of feta cheese into the cold water and allow it to thaw.
This should take around 2 hours.
Can You Refreeze Feta Cheese?
We would highly recommend not refreezing feta cheese. It will not refreeze well at all. You will completely ruin the texture if you thaw it then refreeze it.
Instead, try to freeze your feta in smaller portions so you can easily defrost the amount you need at a time.
Does Feta Freeze Well?
It freezes ok… Unfortunately, it will never beat fresh feta.
That’s why, where possible, try and buy feta that is submerged in brine. Take as much as you need from the brine and then keep the leftovers in that brine.
This will allow you to keep feta in the fridge for 3 to 4 weeks compared to just a few days when the feta is drained.
Having said that, freezing feta is still a great way to avoid wasting it. If the options are wasting it or freezing it then still give freezing feta try.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing feta or feta in general, then these may help:
Can Feta Cheese Melt?
It is possible but not easily. A lot of cheeses will melt when just a little heat is applied to them. Feta, however, needs a lot of time and heat. Place your feta in a dish in the oven for 40 minutes and it will begin to soften, melt and then turn into a dip.
Can Feta Cheese Dip be Frozen?
You certainly can freeze feta cheese dip. Place it into a container with an airtight lid. Before replacing the lid, be extra cautious by wrap the top in cling film. Then place the lid on top. You can then place this pot into the freezer to allow it to freeze.
Can You Freeze Halloumi Cheese?
Another Greek cheese you may wish to freeze is halloumi. The good news is that halloumi freezes much better than feta. We’ve actually written a dedicated guide to freezing halloumi.
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