Blue cheese is an acquired taste – and if it is one you have indeed acquired and enjoy, and are either looking for an effective way to store leftovers or are looking to prolong the shelf life of all the blue cheese you have bought in bulk – this is the place for you.
Don’t worry, we have put together this comprehensive guide from experience and lots of research to help you with everything you need when it comes to freezing blue cheese.
- Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Blue Cheese?
- What to Note and Do Before Freezing Blue Cheese
- Can You Freeze Blue Cheese Pieces?
- Freezing Wrapped Blue Cheese Wedges
- How to Freeze Blue Cheese Crumbles
- How Long Can You Freeze Blue Cheese?
- How to Store Frozen Blue Cheese?
- How to Defrost Frozen Blue Cheese
- Can You Re-freeze Frozen Blue Cheese?
- Does Blue Cheese Freeze Well?
- Bottom Line
What to Note and Do Before Freezing Blue Cheese
While freezing blue cheese indeed seems like the best way to store it for longer periods, know that it comes at a price.
While its shelf life is not impressive, check the dates before you freeze to see if you can still eat it fresh without having to freeze it.
Like with brie, blue cheese changes quite dramatically when frozen and defrosted, especially with regard to its texture.
It loses out its creaminess significantly, and the taste is also distorted the slightest bit.
Because of this, it is advisable to freeze blue cheese only if you are planning to use it later for dishes where the texture does not matter.
For example, avoid using frozen blue cheese in salads.
Instead, it actually works great with cooked dishes, or even in soups, stews and casseroles. So, you can go ahead and freeze blue cheese without any worries!
- Cutting board
- Cookie/baking tray
- Silicone mat / parchment paper / wax paper (should be freezer-friendly)
- Airtight freezer bag / freezer-friendly container
It is best to plan from ahead exactly how you will be using the blue cheese later.
That way, you can package it for freezing accordingly. It also saves a lot of time and effort.
However, it is alright even if you cannot plan that this early on. We have tips for you in that case too, worry not.
- Cut the Blue Cheese into Pieces – Depending on what you will be using the frozen cheese for, cut the slices accordingly.
You can also cube, or cut into chunks, whichever is more convenient for you.
- Arrange on Baking/Cookie Tray – Once your blue cheese pieces are ready, line a baking tray (or a cookie tray) with parchment paper, wax paper or a silicone mat, and arrange the slices carefully on the tray so that they have some distance between them.
- Flash-freeze – Place the baking tray inside the freezer and let the blue cheese flash-freeze for at least six to seven hours.
To be on the safe side, you can even flash-freeze the blue cheese slices overnight.
- Transfer blue cheese pieces into airtight freezer bag or container – Once the cheese has frozen hard, transfer the pieces carefully into an airtight freezer bag or freezer-friendly container.
- Seal carefully, label and freeze – Make sure to seal the bag or container very securely and tightly before freezing.
Squeeze out all the air possible from the bag, and if you are using a container, also make sure that it is airtight as well as watertight. Label the bag or container, and your blue cheese is good to freeze!
Freezing Wrapped Blue Cheese Wedges
Time Taken: 1-2 hours
What You Need:
- Cling film
- Airtight freezer bag
This method is recommended more as it preserves the blue cheese significantly better, but also takes a little more effort and energy.
Cut your Blue Cheese into Wedges
Wedges are the best shapes to go with, so cut accordingly.
Wrap Each Wedge Tightly
Each blue cheese wedge needs to be wrapped tightly and securely in cling film. You can even be safe and use multiple layers of film to wrap the wedges.
Make sure that no part of the surface of the blue cheese is exposed, and that the wrap is secured in place.
Transfer Wrapped Wedges Inside a Freezer Bag
Once wrapped securely, transfer your blue cheese into an airtight resealable freezer bag. This will give your cheese an added layer of protection.
Seal Securely, Label and Freeze
Again, make sure to seal the bag very tightly and securely. Label the bag or container, and your blue cheese is good to freeze!
How to Freeze Blue Cheese Crumbles
Time Taken: 20-30 minutes
What You Need:
- Heavy-duty resealable airtight freezer bag
Freezing blue cheese crumbles is also super easy, and follows a very similar process as freezing blue cheese wedges, slices, cubes or chunks.
It is most helpful to freeze blue cheese crumbles in the original container that they came in.
Also note that unopened crumbles actually have a fairly long shelf life in the refrigerator, so check that before you freeze right away.
Seal Original Packaging
Seal the original packaging very securely with the blue cheese crumbles inside. Make sure the packaging is both airtight and watertight when sealing.
If you plan on using up the blue cheese within one to two months of freezing, you can freeze them in the packaging itself, nothing more is necessary.
However, if it may require freezing beyond that, continue into the next steps.
Transfer Package Inside Airtight Freezer Bag
Place the package inside a heavy-duty airtight resealable freezer bag. This will prevent freezer burns.
Seal it securely after squeezing out all the excess air possible. Label it and freeze!
Your blue cheese crumbles can be kept in freezer storage for up to 2 months if frozen only in the original package; and it can be frozen up to 5 to 6 months if put inside a freezer bag.
Before consuming it (this goes for all frozen food), make sure to check for signs of rotting and spoilage.
How Long Can You Freeze Blue Cheese?
NHCFP and Fairybault Dairy have issues that blue cheese can be kept in freezer storage up to 6 months, while Maytag Dairy Farms say that it can be frozen for up to even a year.
If you ask us, it is best to not take chances with dairy items, especially cheese products.
The longer you let blue cheese sit in your freezer, the greater the chances are of its quality slowly deteriorating, till it gets to a point where the cheese is inedible.
Try your best to consume the blue cheese within a maximum of 4 to 6 months within freezing.
How to Store Frozen Blue Cheese?
As directed, freeze your blue cheese in the form of slices, blocks, wedges or pieces, in airtight freezer bags after flash-freezing.
Do make sure that your freezer bags (or containers if you are using them) are sealed with utmost care.
Blue cheese will only survive up to 6 months or beyond in the freezer if exposure to air or moisture is completely restricted, and if the temperature remains consistent.
How to Defrost Frozen Blue Cheese
You can defrost your frozen blue cheese by transferring it from the freezer to the refrigerator and letting it thaw overnight. Once thawed, the contents may separate.
Do not panic; this is perfectly normal for dairy products.
You can use a cold-water bath if you are in a hurry.
This speeds up the thawing process considerably, and your blue cheese should be ready to use in around 3 to 4 hours.
Note that defrosting using shortcuts has shown to yield poorer results than thawing normally in the refrigerator overnight.
Use it directly while still frozen! This is the best way to use frozen dairy items anyway.
Your frozen blue cheese will work excellently in a stew or a soup or even in any baked dishes.
Take note that the cooking time may have to be extended by a few minutes in this case.
Can You Re-freeze Frozen Blue Cheese?
It is not advisable at all to re-freeze frozen blue cheese.
Like most other dairy products, the consistency, texture, and taste of the cheese might suffer significantly if frozen again after already having been frozen and thawed once before, ultimately making it inedible.
Avoid re-freezing frozen blue cheese at all costs, and try to use up the cheese within at the most a day or two of thawing after freezing.
Does Blue Cheese Freeze Well?
Strictly speaking, blue cheese freezes fine. It does go through significant changes with regard to its texture while freezing and then defrosting.
However, those changes are barely noticeable as long as you use the cheese in the right settings.
That said, it is not recommended to keep the blue cheese in the freezer for longer than 6 months as the longer it is, the higher the risks of it going bad.
Blue cheese, therefore, does not freeze well beyond 6 months.
Some signs to check to see if blue cheese has gone bad includes distinct changes in appearance and texture such as the cheese turning green or pink, or losing its firmness; you should also check for growth of molds (not originally in the blue cheese); and for any off smell.
There are lots of great uses for frozen and defrosted blue cheese! You can use it for grilled sandwiches, stews, casseroles, soups and sauces.
Once thawed, be sure to use up your frozen brie within a maximum of 2 days. If you see that there is no way you will be able to use it up by then, you can re-freeze, but only as a last resort.
Due to its milk fat content, there is a very high chance that blue cheese will lose most of its creaminess when frozen and subsequently thawed out, which is why it is a better idea to use it in dishes where the creaminess is not a factor.
No, it is not a good idea to freeze blue cheese that has already passed its expiry date. Freezing it will only make it tasteless by the end of it and its texture highly unappetizing.
We have gone through the method to freeze as well as thaw blue cheese, along with blue cheese crumbles, and several other guidelines and things you need to keep in mind.
We hope that this guide has helped you understand how to freeze blue cheese at home.
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