I remained blissfully unaware that one could freeze cheese until Foods 9 in high school. Our teacher had told us that she got a good price on cheese and had put it in the freezer. I had no idea this was possible and talked to my Mom about it when I got home from school that day. She informed me that yes, you can freeze cheese, but it changes the texture and makes it more crumbly.
After cheese has been frozen, it can be a pain to cut and grating it is a bit of a disaster. I learned that the grating doesn’t work very well in that Foods 9 class. It is really not the end of the world, but it does affect the quality of the cheese and what you can do with it.
As a result, I can’t say that I have ever elected to freeze cheese myself, but I always knew that it was a theoretical option.
Then I Had Too Much Cheese
Right now, there are about three large blocks of cheese in the fridge. A pretty critical piece of information here is that I am the only person in the household who can eat regular old cheese. All of that cheese is for me! (I can’t really say “little old me” here, because the cheese consumption has a tendency to go straight to my waistline.) My darling Spouse brought those three home for me after noticing that they were a stellar price, a few weeks ago.
Enter grocery shopping last Sunday. There were clearance crates of cheese. They were $5. I wanted them.
So What Were My Options?
So, I bought them. Then I took them home and grated each block, using my KitchenAid Slicer/Shredder Attachment. I should write a review of it, but that will have to be another time. I took the grated blocks and spread them out on wax paper on cookie sheets, and put them in the freezer. After about 3 hours, I took the grated cheese off of the cookie sheets and put it in large, labeled ziplock bags. Now, I can grab a handlful of grated, frugal cheese, to use whenever I need it.
I already tested it out by making quesadillas for dinner later that week. They were delicious.
Grating the cheese before freezing makes all of the difference in the world. It doesn’t end up crumbly and unworkable. Another awesome benefit is how easy it is to use! It’s grab and go, and it doesn’t take long at all to thaw, so you can basically use it straight out of the freezer.
This grated freezer cheese has a future on pizzas, on pasta, in quesadillas, in tacos, on top of casseroles, in wraps and pretty much any place I would normally use grated cheese. So, I’ve figured out how to store cheese when you have too much, without turning it into crumbly freezer cheese. All for $5.