Can You Freeze Grated Cheese? How?

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Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Grated Cheese?

Yes, you can freeze grated cheese to perfection! The key to extending the shelf life of grated cheese it to successfully protect it from exposure to freezer airs and freezer burns. There are a few different ways to freeze grated cheese, based on specific situations. They are all, however, quite simple and hassle-free and are mostly tried-and-tested and fail-safe.

This comprehensive guide details step-by-step instructions to freezing grated cheese at home.

Without further ado, let us get right into the first method!

How to Freeze Unopened or Pre-Packed Grated Cheese

How to Freeze Unopened or Pre-Packed Grated Cheese

Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This is the simplest method that takes no time or hassle at all. In this case, you can simply store it in the freezer without having to transfer into a separate freezer-safe container or bag.In some cases, like if your cheese came in a package that is freezer-safe, you will not even need to go to the added measure of wrapping it up in film or foil as instructed here. However, either way, giving it that extra layer of protection would not hurt!

Materials

  • Cling film or aluminum foil

Tools

  • No special tools needed

Instructions

    1. Wrap the unopened, tightly packaged grated cheese securely in cling film or aluminum foil – This added layer of either cling film or aluminum foil (you can simply use some plastic wrap if neither of those is easily available) protects your grated cheese against freezer burns!

      Make sure you wrap it super tightly and securely; no part or surface should be exposed to the freezer airs. This is to ensure the best and most effective protection in the freezer.
    2. Place in the freezer – Your grated cheese is good to be kept in the freezer! Yep, it really is that simple.

      However, do keep in mind that if your grated cheese does not come in pre-packages suitable for freezer storage or if they have already been opened, you will need to follow a different method.

      Worry not, we also describe what to do in that case in the following methods.

Freezing Leftover Grated Cheese

Time Taken: 20-30 minutes

What You Need:

  • Flour
  • Rigid, freezer-safe container with tight-fitting lid
  • Cling film

Do keep in mind that leftover grated cheese may be a little harder to freeze, considering how it can tend to get a little dried out, when compared to a newly opened pack.

However, there are a few tricks involved here; a little prepping you can do from beforehand to make your cheese freeze better. Read on to find out!

Sprinkle a Little Flour on the Grated Cheese

This helps the cheese to not clump together, preserving it much better, especially in the long run. Toss the cheese with the flour a little bit.

Scoop Cheese into Airtight Freezer-Safe Container

It is important to note that the container you choose must be rigid and have a tight-fitting lid.

As long as the freezer container is totally airtight, it will help retain the original flavor of your cheese as much as possible.

Having a good, airtight container also ensures that the cheese does not absorb any other freezer smells or flavors.

Do not fill the container to the brim with the cheese.

Cover it With Cling Wrap Before Sealing Securely

Once you have filled the container a little over halfway with the grated cheese, cover it with some cling wrap.

Then, proceed to snap the lid on the secure it very tightly and carefully.

The sealing must be done carefully to ensure your cheese freezing well, for even beyond a few weeks.

Label and Freeze

Label the container with the storage date, to make sure you do not forget about it and end up keeping in the freezer for an extended period of time, beyond the advised time for freezing.

Your grated cheese is ready to freeze!

Freezing Freshly Grated Cheese in Serving Portions

Time Taken: 20-30 minutes

What You Need:

  • Small airtight resealable freezer bags
  • Sturdy spoon

I always advise everyone to freeze any kind of food in manageable serving portions, as not only does it make the storing process easier, it also helps in the sense that you can only take, thaw and use exactly the amount you need at a time.

This prevents you from having to bother or thaw the rest, and then getting into the whole hassle of re-freezing.

Transfer your Grated Cheese, Portion-Wise, into Small Airtight Freezer Bags

Decide the portions carefully and prudently in advance, and transfer them accordingly into each freezer bag using a sturdy spoon.

Secure the Freezer Bags Carefully

Again, if you do not seal your freezer bags properly or correctly, there is no way to ensure your grated cheese will keep in freezer storage for more than even a few weeks.

Once you have put in the required portion in each bag, (and try to not fill the bag to the brim – actually, try to keep it filled halfway), squeeze out all the air from the bags, then seal them tightly. Make sure they are completely airtight and watertight.

Label and Freeze

Label the airtight freezer bags with the storage date to make sure you do not end up keeping them in the freezer indefinitely. They are ready to freeze!

The advantage to freezing your grated cheese in this method once freshly grated, is that not only do they freeze better and for up to even 6 to 8 months; you can simply take out one freezer bag at a time and use that without bothering the rest!

Freezing Grated Parmesan Cheese

Time Taken: 20-30 minutes

What You Need:

  • Small airtight resealable freezer bags
  • Spoonful of cornstarch

Cheese comes in a whole range of shapes, sizes and kinds.

Here are two methods on how to freeze specific kids of grated cheeses: parmesan and mozzarella.

First, let’s discuss freezing grated parmesan cheese.

Parmesan cheese has a low water content, which makes freezing it much easier.

And once it has been grated, there are absolutely no hassles to freezing it at all.

Grate your Cheese

Grating parmesan cheese is no big deal; but in case you would like a simple guide on how to do it efficiently with minimal wastage, feel free to check out:

If you are freezing store-bought grated parmesan cheese, this step is obviously to be skipped.

Spoon the Grated Cheese into Airtight Freezer Bags

You can either freeze it all together at the same time, but do know of the issues associated with that.

Or, you can take the safer, slightly harder road and freeze the grated cheese separately in serving portions in multiple freezer bags.

Pour a Spoonful of Cornstarch into the Freezer Bag(s) and Shake

One spoonful of cornstarch is to be used for each freezer bag. Then, give the bag a shake for it to cover the cheese pieces nicely.

Seal and Label

Squeeze out the excess air before you seal the bags tightly and carefully.

Make sure the bags are totally airtight and watertight.

If you want, you can also double bag, just to be completely sure and give your grated parmesan cheese the added layer of protection against freezer burns and airs.

Label the bags with the storage date. They are ready to be kept in the freezer for up to 6 months!

Freezing Grated Mozzarella Cheese

Mozzarella is also an excellent type of cheese to freeze.

Why I say this is because, while all types of cheese can be frozen fine, the firmer cheeses tend to freeze significantly better than softer cheeses.

Cheddar, Gouda, and Swiss cheese, for example, are just some of the types of firmer cheese that freeze quite well.

The one thing you should note when freezing grated mozzarella cheese, however, is that you should never freeze fresh grated mozzarella cheese.

This is because fresh mozzarella has a higher water content and chances are, will not freeze as well.

If you have some leftover grated mozzarella cheese, you can freeze them just fine, following the same method used for freezing parmesan cheese.

Do note, that frozen grated mozzarella cheese will encounter some of the same issues as any other kind of cheese that has been frozen.

In the sense that, it will most probably be a little crumblier, and with a slightly different consistency.

However, once, say, melted into food, it will be no different from fresh mozzarella cheese.

So, go ahead and freeze your grated mozzarella cheese with no worries!

Just make sure, as with all other foods, that you freeze it carefully following the instructions to a T.

Make sure you use good quality airtight freezer bags, be sure to seal them properly, and ensure that the temperature stays constant in the freezer.

Lastly, be sure to use up the grated mozzarella cheese within no more than 6 months of freezing it for optimal results.

How to Freeze Homemade Nacho Cheese

Time Taken: 20-30 minutes

What You Need:

  • Small resealable airtight freezer bags
  • A sturdy spoon or ladle

Homemade nacho cheese is very easy to freeze! It is also quite easy to make, but in case you would like a refresher on the recipe, feel free to check out:

Before you start prepping to freeze nacho cheese, just make sure it is completely cooled off.

This will not be an issue if you are freezing leftovers, but if just cooked, make sure it is cool first. The process is fairly easy and does not take too much time.

Divide the Nacho Cheese into Portions

By doing this, you can avoid having to defrost the entire container/bag of nacho cheese in the future every time you want a small serving.

If that is done, the shelf life of the cheese sauce will be reduced significantly, and there may even be texture issues.

Pack Nacho Cheese Portions into Freezer Bags

Using a sturdy spoon, portion your nacho cheese into the airtight freezer bags you will be freezing it in.

Make sure the portions are manageable and not too less or too more.

Leave an Inch or Two Before Sealing, Label, and Freeze

Do not fill the bags to the brim; leave at least an inch of space at the top. Once you have your nacho cheese into your freezer bags, make sure to squeeze all the air out of them as possible.

Seal the bags carefully and tightly, label the date with a marker. They are good to freeze!

How Long Can You Freeze Grated Cheese?

If frozen properly following the right method, with all the steps having been followed properly, and if made sure that the bags or containers have been sealed carefully, your grated cheese can be frozen for six to eight months.

However, it bears mentioning that the longer the grated cheese sit in the freezer, the greater are its chances of a deteriorating consistency and texture and even flavor.

So, it is a good idea to finish up your cheese at the earliest since freezing.

In the case of grated cheese, the drop in the flavor, taste, and texture is gradual but definite.

So, while you can technically freeze cooked chicken indefinitely, there will be a drop in quality over time.

Be sure to finish up the cheese within no more than 8 months from freezing.

This is also why I recommend always freezing with the storage date labeled. This way, you do not end up keeping the grated cheese in the freezer for too long.

How to Store Frozen Grated Cheese?

As discussed, grated cheese can be kept in freezer storage in airtight containers with tight-fitting lids, whether leftover or freshly made or in portions, in small airtight freezer bags.

Whichever method you go with, the sealing and freezing need to be done very carefully; good quality airtight and watertight freezer-safe containers need to be used, and it needs to be ensured that the grated cheese are frozen at the same, consistent temperature in the freezer.

Remember that your grated cheese may not hold up well in the freezer even beyond a few weeks if the storage is not done properly, following all the instructions correctly and meticulously and making sure you use the best quality materials.

How to Defrost Frozen Grated Cheese?

There is no need to separately defrost frozen grated cheese if you are going to be using it in stews or soups.

But for using as a topping, the cheese should be thawed first, by transferring it from the freezer to the refrigerator and allowing to thaw overnight.

To use directly from frozen, you can simply pop your grated cheese into your cooking, and cook as per your normal recipe.

To use as a melted topping, you can simply sprinkle the frozen grated cheese on top, and put it inside the oven, allowing to cheese to defrost and melt by itself.

Can You Re-freeze Frozen Grated Cheese?

It is not recommended to re-freeze frozen grated cheese, as, to freeze and thaw it once would already take a toll on its consistency, texture, and even flavor.

But to repeat that whole process once more might render the cheese ruined beyond salvation.

Try your best to use up all of the grated cheese the first time around that they are thawed.

In the case of leftovers, it is best to discard them as chances are that they are no longer suitable for consumption.

The risk of bacteria is too high.

This is also the reason that I advise you to freeze grated cheese, or any food for that matter, in serving portions, or together at once only if you are confident that you can use it all up at one go.

Refreezing is really not worth it.

Do Grated Cheese Freeze Well?

Whether your grated cheese freezes well or not largely depends on the kind of cheese it is.

As already mentioned, the harder and firmer cheeses tend to freeze significantly better as opposed to the softer cheeses.

Cheese, like most other dairy products, does not freeze particularly well, to be honest.

Usually what happens is that the proteins, fat, and water tend to separate during the freezing and thawing process, resulting in the cheese becoming kind of crumbly.

This is why it is not recommended at all to use frozen cheese in sandwiches or similar meals and foods.

Instead, you should only use frozen cheese for cooking or baking with, owing to how by the time it is cooked, any changes in the texture will be barely noticeable.

However, it bears mentioning that if you do want to freeze the cheese for whatever reason, grating it first is definitely the best way to freeze it.

This is because the smaller pieces of cheese from the grating, allow for significantly less separation, so although it will most possibly still turn out quite crumbly, it should be considerably better than when you freeze a whole solid block of cheese.

Other things to note and make sure so that the grated cheese freezes well is that the freezer temperature stays consistent and that the containers and freezer bags used are of good quality and sealed very tightly and securely before freezing.

FAQs

Does freezing cheese change its flavor?

Freezing cheese does not really affect the flavor too much, but it does considerably affect the texture. This is why it is recommended to use frozen cheese (of any kind) for melting, as opposed to thawing or trying to use fresh in different recipes.

As mentioned before, this does not mean that you cannot use frozen cheese in no recipes at all; cooking or baking recipes should be fine to use frozen cheese. However, we advise against using it for sandwiches and the like.

How long does grated cheese last in the fridge?

Store bought grated cheese can last up to 4 to 6 weeks when refrigerated, and if unopened. So if you do not plan on storing the grated cheese beyond that time period, you can simply refrigerate it without getting into the hassle of freezing.

However, if you have plans on storing cheese beyond that time, or if your cheese is nearing the expiry date, we strongly recommend freezing as the next best alternative in significantly extending the shelf life of grated cheese.

How long is cheese good once opened?

Cheese is only good for 5 to 7 days after being opened. That’s where freezing plays a big role to help you. If you don’t think you can finish up all of the grated cheese in a week or less, freezing is the way to go.

Can I freeze my grated cheese made of soft cheese?

While the sturdier cheese, such as Cheddar, Swiss, or Gouda, do a better job of retaining their original textures and consistency when frozen, the softer cheeses tend to yield when it comes to texture at even taste, at temperatures below 100 degrees Celsius.

However, this is not to say that they can’t be frozen. Just make sure your grated cheese is grated really well, and has flour or cornstarch added to it, and then freeze it carefully, following the instructions offered here.

An added tip is to make sure the temperature for your freezer remains steady and constant.

Should I freeze cheese if it has passed its date of expiry?

No, it is not a good idea to freeze cheese that has already passed its expiry date. Freezing it will only make it tasteless by the end of it and its texture is highly unappetizing.

Bottom Line

We hope this comprehensive, step-by-step guide covering the best methods to freeze grated cheese successfully at the safety and ease of your home has helped you!

For any further questions you may have regarding freezing grated cheese, please do let us know by reaching out to us!

If you have any other tips and tricks you have discovered about freezing grated cheese, feel free to reach out and let us know; we will add them to this guide so they can help more people!

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About Karen Wilson

Karen is a foodie to the core. She loves any variety of food - spicy or junk! Her slender body and height are deceiving, as she enjoys eating hearty meals that would leave most people gasping for air. She has an appetite for life, and wants everyone around her to share in it too.

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