Whenever cheese goes on sale the same question pops up “Can you freeze cheese?” The answer is YES!
Packaged shredded cheese is the easiest to freeze but many varieties do well once frozen. Almost anything can be frozen- but how it is when it thaws is generally the issue. Cheese comes out wonderfully.
How to Freeze Cheese:
Simply place in the freezer in it’s original, sealed bag. Recommended freezer time is 6 months however I’ve used cheese that has been frozen longer without any issues with thawing. To thaw, place in the refrigerator overnight or place on the counter while preparing a meal. Within 30 minutes it is generally thawed. If cooking the cheese you can use frozen.
If packaged you can put it directly in the freezer. If it’s fresh sliced cheese (like from the deli), slice and separate with wax paper and then freeze using a food saver. If you try to vacuum seal soft cheese without freezing it will become misshapen.
Block cheese can be frozen directly in it’s packaging however when thawed it is very crumbly and slicing isn’t suggested. Grating frozen cheese is a much better use of frozen block cheese. Instead of freezing blocks, if you want it sliced- slice it first and then freeze it as you would sliced cheese.
Cream cheese changes consistency when it thaws. You probably won’t want to spread it on your bagel when it thaws out- but you can cook with it. To freeze in packaging, vacuum seal it or wrap tightly in plastic wrap.