Quark has become increasingly popular among bakers and anyone who loves to cook with creamy dairy products but doesn’t like the high-calorie count that usually comes with cheese, milk and cream. Quark is a type of cheese that makes a great alternative because it adds great flavour and texture but is low in calories and fat. It is no wonder people are starting to ask, can you freeze quark?
It isn’t recommended to freeze creamy, curd based cheeses like quark because they can lose their texture in the process. However, as long as you don’t mind the change in the texture of quark after freezing then you can still freeze it for use in cooking.
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 quark:
How To Freeze Quark
Freezing quark isn’t a difficult process but you will get mixed results. In order to give yourself the best chance possible it is worth finding or making quark with a higher fat content. This is because higher fat content yoghurt and curd type cheeses tend to freeze a little better than the lower-fat alternatives.
- Grab yourself some freezer bags and label them with a sharpie. You want to write the contents and the date on the bag so you know when you need to use it by,
- Pop a portion of quark into each freezer bag. Make sure you only fill the bag about three-quarters full at the most. This is so you allow the quark to expand as it freezes. If you prefer you could use freezer-safe containers but we would recommend freezer bags so you can squeeze the air out of them before freezing.
- Squeeze out any excess air and seal the bag tightly. If you have decided to use freezer-safe containers then pop the lid on and ensure it is shut tightly.
- Put the bags or containers into the freezer and freeze.
Can You Freeze Quark Cheesecake?
Just like any cheesecake, you can freeze quark cheesecake but just be aware that the thawed out version may not taste as nice as it would have done fresh. This is especially true for unbaked cheesecakes and it might not be worth freezing these because there is very little you can do about the texture change when it comes to serving the cheesecake.
Baked cheesecakes tend to freeze a little better but even then you should expect a slight change in texture.
How Long Can You Freeze Quark?
Quark isn’t likely to last too long in the freezer before it starts to deteriorate so we would recommend you treat it like you would cottage cheese or cream and use it as soon as possible. You should be able to get away with freezing it for about a month to six weeks if necessary. Just take care when you take the quark out of the freezer and throw it away if there are any signs of it spoiling.
You Can Freeze Quark for Around 6 Weeks
How Do You Defrost Quark?
For best results you will need to thaw out the quark slowly, allowing it time to fully defrost before using.
To defrost take the quark out of the freezer and pop it into a bowl. Put this into the fridge and let it defrost for several hours. You might find that it separates a little when it is thawed out. You can always give it a stir or blend to mix it back up again.
Can You Refreeze Quark?
You shouldn’t refreeze quark. It isn’t a product that is recommended for freezing at all and the changes will be too great to even attempt to freeze a second time. It also isn’t recommended to refreeze any food because you risk spoiling it or making yourself sick.
Does Quark Freeze Well?
Unfortunately, quark isn’t one of those food products that freeze well at all. You should expect that there will be a change in texture. However, if you are adding it to a recipe or to your baking then you shouldn’t notice too much difference at all once it has been cooked.
Other Questions about Quark
Below are a few of the other common questions we have come across when it comes to quark – some related to freezing and some not. If you’re still sat there with a question or two about quark then drop a comment at the bottom of this article and we’ll aim to help out as much as possible.
Can You Freeze Soup with Quark?
As you may have guessed already, the texture of quark will break down rapidly when frozen and you’ll find the texture changes. If you put quark in your soup, you may find your soup becomes grainy and even lumpy when defrosting if it contains quark.
Can You Freeze Curry with Quark?
Again, you’re going to suffer from some funky texture changes if you try to freeze curry with quark in it, unfortunately.