If you are looking to freeze either leftover or excess, pre-made nacho cheese, homemade or store-bought, you have come to the right place! This comprehensive guide tells you all that, and more.
This guide covers everything you need to know about freezing nacho cheese, and tricks and tips for the best way to go about it.
- Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Nacho Cheese?
- Can You Freeze Homemade Nacho Cheese?
- Freezing Store-Bought Nacho Cheese
- How to Freeze Cheese Spread
- How Long Can You Freeze Nacho Cheese?
- How to Store Frozen Nacho Cheese?
- How to Defrost Frozen Cheese Nacho Cheese
- Can You Re-freeze Frozen Nacho Cheese?
- Does Nacho Cheese Freeze Well?
- Bottom Line
- Small resealable airtight freezer bags
- A sturdy spoon or ladle
- No special tools needed
- 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!
Freezing Store-Bought Nacho Cheese
Time Taken: 15-20 minutes
What You Need:
- Airtight freezer friendly container
- Large, heavy-duty resealable airtight freezer bag
- A sturdy spoon or ladle
The process is more or less the same for store-bought nacho cheese as it is for homemade nacho cheese.
But, if your store-bought nacho cheese came in a container that is freezer-friendly, you can freeze the nacho cheese in that itself, provided you follow a couple of instructions.
Check if Container is Freezer-Friendly
If it is, you can freeze in the container itself.
If it isn’t, transfer the nacho cheese into another airtight, freezer friendly container.
Make Sure the Store-Bought Container is Not Full to The Brim
This should not be a problem if you are freezing the nacho cheese sauce after using once or twice.
Just make sure the cheese is not filled to the brim in the container.
Seal the container tightly and securely.
Put Container Inside an Airtight Freezer Bag
Transfer the container inside a large, airtight freezer bag for added protection.
Make sure to squeeze all the air out of the bag as possible.
Seal the bag carefully and tightly, label the date with a marker. Your nacho cheese is good to freeze!
How to Freeze Cheese Spread
Time Taken: 20-30 minutes
What You Need:
- Cling film/any plastic wrap
- Freezer bag
Besides nacho cheese sauce, cheese spread is another very popular cheese variant, used in a variety of recipes and popularly used in sandwiches and wraps.
Thankfully, you can also freeze it to perfection.
Spreadable cheese can be frozen for up to 1 to 2 months, depending on the kind of cheese it contains.
To be safe, it is recommended that you consume it within one month of freezing, as the longer it stays in freezer storage, the more issues you will have with texture and consistency.
Pack the Spreadable Cheese in Wrap
Whether you use cling film or any kind of plastic wrap, you must make sure to pack the cheese very carefully, and make sure it is airtight and watertight both.
Transfer into Freezer Bag
Place your tightly wrapped cheese spread inside an airtight freezer bag.
Squeeze out all the air from it, and seal the bag carefully and securely.
Label the bag with the date and put it in the back of the freezer, at -18 degrees Celsius, or even lower if possible.
How Long Can You Freeze Nacho Cheese?
The general consensus is that you should not keep nacho cheese sauce in the freezer for longer than six months.
If frozen well following the methods and steps properly and enough precaution is taken to ensure no exposure to air, the frozen nacho cheese should indeed stay good for at least 4 months.
How to Store Frozen Nacho Cheese?
The frozen nacho cheese sauce can be placed without any worries in the small airtight freezer bags as described in the method above.
In case you purchased the cheese nacho cheese in a plastic container, you can freeze it in that itself, as long as it is sealed tightly.
Follow the instructions given; it is good to freeze for at least 4 months.
In case of nacho cheese that is packaged or canned, you will need to move it into a freezer-safe holder first.
How to Defrost Frozen Cheese Nacho Cheese
You can defrost your frozen nacho cheese sauce 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 fix it by reheating the nacho cheese. Pour it into a skillet, and heat it over low.
It is important to keep stirring vigorously and frequently: it will bring back to its original consistency as much as possible and prevent the cheese from sticking to the bottom.
After simmering, the nacho cheese is ready for you to use again!
In case you are in a hurry, you can also reheat it in the microwave.
Nuke it for 20 seconds on high. Don’t forget to whisk after done, and microwave again if necessary. Enjoy your nacho cheese!
Can You Re-freeze Frozen Nacho Cheese?
It is not advisable at all to re-freeze frozen nacho cheese. The reason we portion it into different freezer bags to freeze is to avoid this exactly.
The consistency, texture, and taste might change significantly if frozen again after already having been frozen and thawed once before, ultimately making them inedible.
Avoid re-freezing frozen nacho cheese, and make full use of it the very first time around.
Does Nacho Cheese Freeze Well?
Nacho cheese freezes fairly well, considering it is made from dairy. As mentioned earlier, if the cheese sauce itself is made well, it will also freeze pretty well.
However, be sure to finish the nacho cheese within a maximum of six months of freezing it.
The longer you keep it in freezer storage, the more issues there will be with its texture, consistency, taste, and flavor.
While it is advised against freezer storage beyond six months for cheese nacho cheese, one way you could try to freeze your cheese nacho cheese for longer is by using something called a food saver, rather than airtight freezer bags.
What a food saver does is that it essentially takes out all the air entirely, and seals the bag perfectly. This helps keep your cheese in the freezer longer – and makes sure the taste or flavor is not altered in any way.
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 nacho cheese is made really well, 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.
While freezing, your nacho cheese may undergo some changes in its texture. However, it can be fixed and the texture brought back to its original form when it is thoroughly stirred, or reheated, as discussed.
The shelf life of nacho cheese is quite short. Homemade nacho cheese sauce will stay good in the fridge for up to four to five days. Store-bought nacho cheese can be refrigerated for a maximum of four weeks, depending on individual manufacturers.
Make sure you follow the steps given here under the first method correctly. To be even safer, you can double bag the cheese sauce; put the original freezer bags inside another and then keep them in the freezer.
We hope this comprehensive, step-by-step guide covering all the best methods to freeze nacho cheese sauce, along with cheese spread, successfully at the safety and ease of your home has helped you!
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