Can You Freeze String Cheese? How?

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Quick Answer: Can You Freeze String Cheese? 

Yes, you can freeze string cheese, and it can last in the freezer for two months or more if done right. The key to freezing string cheese is to make sure that they are kept in an air-tight freezer-safe container and wrapped thoroughly to protect it from freezer burns and going stale. 

If you find yourself with extra string cheese that is closing in on its expiry date and wants to freeze them, this ultimate guide on how to freeze and store string cheese has got you covered. 

These tips and methods have worked like a charm for me. 

Let’s get right into it.

How to Freeze String Cheese?

How to Freeze String Cheese?

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Most of the string cheese we find in stores comes with individual packaging and makes our lives much easier. 

Materials

  • String Cheese

Tools

  • Ziploc Bag

Instructions

    1. Pack Them: Since the string cheese comes with individual air-tight packaging, you can put them all in a Ziploc bag to make it easier to pull out and keep your freezer space organized.

    2. Label and Freeze: Add a label on the bag with the best-before date, and you are ready to freeze the string cheese.

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Freezing String Cheese after Individually Wrapping Them

Time Taken: 5 – 10 minutes 

What you will need: 

  • String Cheese Block 
  • Cling Wrap 
  • Ziploc Bag or Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container

If you have bought a block of string cheese, you might have to do a few extra steps to ensure that the string cheese lasts well and long in the freezer.

Portion the Cheese

Cut up and divide the block of string cheese into single-serving portion sizes. 

Wrap Them

Using some cling wrap, thoroughly cover the individual string cheese portions. 

Pack and Seal

Place the wrapped string cheese portions in a Ziploc bag or freezer-safe air-tight container and seal them. If you are using a Ziploc bag, try to squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing. You could use a straw to make this process easier. 

Label and Freeze

Once you add a label, with the best-before date on it, you can leave the container or bag of string cheese in the freezer till you need it next. 

How Long Can You Freeze String Cheese? 

You can keep string cheese in the freezer for two months or so. If packed right, the cheese can stay for longer than that as well.

But keep in mind that you needn’t freeze cheese unless and until it is nearing its expiry date, as it has a pretty good fridge or shelf-life in any case. 

If you would like the string cheese to last long in the freezer, make sure to wrap it up thoroughly to protect it from freezer burns and to leave it in the cool part of the freezer.

If exposed to air, the string cheese can get dry and go stale quickly. 

How to Store Frozen String Cheese? 

You can store frozen string cheese in a Ziploc bag or any freezer-safe air-tight container. It is better if the cheese is wrapped separately.

It helps avoid freezer burns and makes it easier to deal with or consume. 

Between freezer-safe containers and Ziploc bags, the latter would be the better option, especially if you are looking to save space in the freezer.

You can put in quite a few individually wrapped string cheeses and still store them compactly with a Ziploc bag. 

When storing them in Ziploc bags, make sure not to place anything heavy over them because the cheese can get damaged as a result. 

How to Defrost String Cheese? 

The best way to defrost string cheese is to do it gradually in the fridge over a couple of hours or overnight. 

If you are in a hurry, you could thaw it on the kitchen counter by placing it in a bowl of lukewarm water or by heating it in the microwave.

But the quick thawing process is not the most recommended method. 

Once defrosted, the string cheese can change in taste, depending on the brand or type of cheese.

But due to its low water content, the string cheese should more or less be the same after it thaws and is perfectly safe to eat even if there is a slight change. 

Can You Refreeze String Cheese? 

Yes, you can refreeze string cheese only if it has been defrosted in the fridge.

However, if the cheese has been microwaved or left out on the kitchen counter, it would be best to consume it as soon as possible. 

Depending on the brand or type of string cheese, some of them can change slightly in taste or texture. Although this is perfectly safe to eat, repeated freezing and thawing can make it unappealing. 

So, if you would like to avoid wasting string cheese once they thaw, you could portion them beforehand into single-serving sizes that are easy to consume in one go. 

Does String Cheese Freeze Well? 

Yes, string cheese freezes well and can last long in the freezer if wrapped and packed well.

Strong cheese has low water content,  and because of this, the string cheese can be frozen for a long while, with little to no change in its nutritional value or quality. 

String cheese can be chewy and soft even after thawing, especially if defrosted in the freezer.

The key is to make sure that it is not exposed to air. If it is not wrapped right, it can dry out and crumble once it thaws. 

FAQs

Can you freeze cheddar string cheese? 

Yes, you can freeze cheddar string cheese or cheese sticks, just like you would with mozzarella or any other kind.

They require the same few steps as mentioned above, and if wrapped well and protected from freezer burns, they can last for two months or more.

Does frozen string cheese lose its nutritional value? 

No, frozen string cheese has about the same nutritional value as its fresh version. The string cheese fares well in the freezer and goes through little or no change in texture, taste, or quality even after two months. 

Bottom Line

I hope this article helped you freeze and store all that extra string cheese in your pantry that was nearing its expiry date. 

If you have any queries or would like to share some freezing tips of your own, it would be great to hear from you. 

Feel free to share this article with all your cheese-loving friends and family. 

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About Nancy Miller

Nancy is a foodie by heart and loves experimenting with food. She likes to experiment not only as part of academics but also as a cook at home, sometimes she does not get the desired outcome of these experiments though! But that doesn't stop her from trying more out-of-the-box things. When Nancy entered college, it became clear to her that food was going to be an important part of her life.

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