Can You Freeze Grated Cheese?

Cheese is a staple food in most homes and most people wonder if you can freeze cheese or not. The answer usually depends on a few variables, including the type of cheese and how it’s prepared.

Many of us love to use grated cheese. It’s convenient and often the best way to add it to sauces or meals. So it is no wonder that it’s a common question to ask, can you freeze grated cheese?

The Quick Answer

Yes, you can freeze grated cheese. Grated cheese can be frozen for around 2 months. You can freeze a number of cheeses when grated including cheddar, gruyere and parmesan cheese.

How To Freeze Grated Cheese

Freezing grated cheese is a really easy process. Just follow these few steps.

  1. Grate
    Grate your cheese.
  2. Bag Up
    Pop your grated cheese into a freezer bag with a spoonful of cornstarch.
  3. Shake
    Give the bag a shake to cover the cheese pieces.
  4. Label
    Label the bag with the contents and the date.
  5. Seal
    Squeeze out any excess air and then seal it tightly. If you want to ensure the cheese is protected you can double bag it before freezing.
  6. Freeze
    Pop the bag into the freezer and let it freeze.

How to Freeze Specific Cheeses

Cheese comes in a whole range of shapes and sizes. So how do you freeze certain types of cheese when it is grated? 

How to Freeze Grated Mozzarella

Mozzarella is a fantastic cheese to have on hand, especially if you are a fan of homemade pizza. Luckily this is also a great type of cheese to freeze.

Just be careful not to freeze fresh mozzarella as this has high water content and won’t freeze as well. If you have bought pre-shredded mozzarella then you can freeze it using the same method as above.

Frozen mozzarella will suffer some of the same issues as any cheese that has been frozen. It will be a little crumblier but once it is melted into food there will be no difference.

How to Freeze Grated Parmesan

Not only can you freeze grated parmesan but it is the best way to freeze it! Parmesan has a low water content which makes it a little easier to freeze and when you grate it this improves its chances of freezing well.

To freeze grated parmesan cheese you can follow the same steps outlined above in the howto freeze cheese section of this article.

3 Tips for Freezing Grated Cheese

Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing grated cheese to have the best results:

  • Use Cornflour – A small sprinkling of cornflour coating the outside of the cheese is one way of stopping the cheese from sticking together in one large ball.
  • Shake the Bag – Once the cheese has been in the freezer for 30 minutes, give it a vigorous shake. This is a further step that can prevent the cheese from clumping together. 
  • Freeze It Mixed – You can freeze multiple cheese types grated and mixed together. Parmesan and gruyere work particularly well on dauphinoise, for example. Just make sure you label the mixture clearly. 

How Long Can You Freeze Grated Cheese?

How long you can freeze your grated cheese will depend on the style of cheese you have chosen to freeze. Grated cheddar, for example, can be frozen for about two months before it deteriorates too much.

Parmesan cheese can be frozen for longer, up to nine months.

You Can Freeze Grated Cheese for Around 2 Months

How Do You Defrost Grated Cheese?

When it comes to thawing out and using your grated cheese you have a couple of options to choose from. You can either allow the cheese to defrost slowly by popping it into a bowl and leaving it in the fridge to thaw out slowly overnight or choose to use it right from frozen.

To use from frozen just pop your cheese into your cooking and cook as normal. For use as a melted topping just sprinkle the frozen grated cheese on top and pop the meal in the oven to allow the cheese to melt.

Can You Refreeze Grated Cheese?

You shouldn’t refreeze grated cheese or any cheese for that matter. Freezing and thawing will deteriorate the structure of the cheese and the more times you do this, the worse it will get.

Thawing and refreezing might also allow extra bacteria to grow and nobody wants a stomach ache or to get sick!

Does Grated Cheese Freeze Well?

Cheese, as with most dairy products, doesn’t freeze particularly well. The fats, proteins and water all tend to separate out which causes cheese to become crumbly.

This is why it isn’t recommended to try and use cheese in sandwiches or cold. You should only use frozen cheese to cook or bake with instead as by the time it is cooked any change in texture won’t be noticed.

However, it is definitely worth noting that if you want to freeze cheese then grating it first is the best way to freeze it.

The smaller pieces of cheese allow for less separation so although it will still become crumbly it shouldn’t be quite as bad as when you freeze a whole block of cheese.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing grated cheese or cheese in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Sliced Cheese?

This article is solely about grated cheese so if you have additional questions about freezing cheese in general then why not check out our dedicated guide to freezing cheese?

Can You Freeze All Cheese?

You can, but it’s not something we would advise. Soft, creamy cheeses will not freeze well at all – cheeses like camembert, for example. Harder cheese varieties, such as cheddar or parmesan will freeze better.

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