Can You Freeze Mozzarella?

Mozzarella is one of the most versatile cheeses money can buy and you probably use it every week or so.

Simply sliced and spread on a plate with some tomatoes, it makes the perfect salad. Shredded and spread across pasta that’s baked in the oven is the ultimate pasta bake. And then can you imagine pizza without gooey mozzarella melted across the top?!

But perhaps you only need to use half a ball of mozzarella? Or maybe you’ve overindulged and simply bought far too much than you’re going to use before then go rancid? Well, let’s look at the bright side and whether or not mozzarella can be frozen…

The Quick Answer

Yes, you can freeze mozzarella cheese. Mozzarella can be frozen for around 8 months. Once drained from its brine, wrap tightly in cling film before placing them into a thick freezer bag.

How to Freeze Mozzarella Balls

Whether you’ve bought bog-standard mozzarella, smaller bocconcini or flashy burrata, they all come in a soft round ball. Just follow these steps to get it frozen:

  1. Drain
    The first step is to remove it from the bag and discard the liquid that it comes in. You don’t want to freeze it in the liquid.
  2. Wrap
    The next step is to wrap the mozzarella in cling film. This is the first step to prevent air from getting to the mozzarella.
  3. Bag Up
    Next, place your wrapped mozzarella into a plastic ziplock bag and seal the top around 90% of the way. Now you can squeeze out as much of the air as possible from the bag before sealing the final 10% of the bag. This is the step to preventing air from getting in.
  4. Freeze
    You can now place the bag into the freezer and you’re done.

How to Freeze Shredded Mozzarella

Perhaps you’ve bought a bag of ready-shredded or grated mozzarella but have only used half of the bag?

  1. Freeze on a Baking Tray
    First, spread the mozzarella out onto a baking tray and place it in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes. This is to get a quick frozen layer on the outside so that they don’t stick together when placed into a bag.
  2. Bag Up
    Once the grated cheese is hard, gently break it up and then place it into a plastic bag, seal and place it in the freezer.

You can then remove the amount you need straight from the freezer without wasting any.

As always, make sure you label each of your bags so you know how long the bag has been in the freezer and when it needs to be used.

3 Tips for Freezing Mozzarella

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

  • Drain – There is no advantage to freezing mozzarella in the brine it came in. Instead, you’ll end up with a block of frozen brine which will take longer to defrost. Draining it beforehand will save you plenty of time in the future. 
  • Grate from Frozen – If you’re going to use the mozzarella melted across a baked dish then you can actually grate it from frozen. Use a coarse grate while the mozzarella ball is still hard and it will grate easily. 
  • Avoid Freezing Pricey Mozzarella – Expensive burrata or buffalo mozzarella is prized for its creamy texture. If you freeze it, you will lose this texture and you’ll have wasted your money. Instead, only freeze standard mozzarella that you want to use for melting predominantly.

Can You Freeze Burrata

How Long Can You Freeze Mozzarella?

Properly sealed mozzarella cheese can be left in the freezer for six to eight months, depending again on the freshness and quality of the cheese in the first place.

Remember, like most other dairy products, defrosted mozzarella can’t be frozen again, so we suggest freezing it in smaller batches.

You Can Freeze Mozzarella for up to 8 Months

How Do You Defrost Mozzarella?

The best way to defrost mozzarella without impacting its texture is to thaw it in the fridge a day before using it. However, depending on how old your mozzarella was before you froze it – it may still lose some of its creaminess.

If you plan on cooking with your mozzarella or melting it, then it’s not a huge problem as you’re using it simply to add that gooeyness to your dish.

Can You Refreeze Mozzarella?

This comes down to how you plan on using it. Some people like to grate a frozen mozzarella ball over pasta bakes and pizzas simply for texture. If this is what you’re doing then you can refreeze your mozzarella balls.

If, however, you want to use it in a salad and want to be able to taste the mozzarella then we would advise against refreezing which will negatively impact the flavour.

Does Mozzarella Freeze Well?

Freezing creamy cheese will affect the texture somewhat. If you like to use mozzarella slices for your sandwiches and salads then freezing, unfortunately, isn’t the solution.

You will always be able to detect the difference between fresh and frozen with fresh always winning this battle.

However, if your main use for mozzarella is to melt it in the oven then frozen is the way to go. It gives you a great supply of mozzarella without the risk of throwing any in the bin making it a win-win.

Related Questions

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

Can You Freeze Mozzarella in Brine?

There’s nothing to stop you from doing so but it’s not worth doing. You’ll have to wait longer for it to defrost and will be left with a puddle of liquid. Instead, drain the mozzarella and freeze it using the method we’ve outlined in this article.

Can You Freeze Mozzarella After Cooking?

Perhaps you’ve used mozzarella as the topping to a pasta bake and want to know if you can freeze it? Well, it will freeze but when thawed and reheated it will go quite rubbery.

Can You Freeze Burrata?

You can freeze it BUT you will lose its texture and the flavour will degrade rapidly. Burrata is not particularly cheap so we would recommend not freezing it and enjoying it as fresh as possible.

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