Can You Freeze Shredded Cheese?

Cheese is a delicious ingredient that makes your meal a bit stretchy and bubbly with a delightful flavor. Undoubtedly, shredded cheese is an excellent way to improve the flavor of your favorite sandwiches and pasta.

If you buy a lot of shredded cheese for topping your meal and making class cheesy pizzas, you can easily freeze the leftovers in your freezer.

Freezing the shredded cheese instead of freezing a big block of cheese is a great step to save money and time as well.

In this article, I’ll cover a few cheese-related questions like How to freeze shredded cheese and How to defrost the cheese? 

Moreover, you will learn how to store shredded cheese and some useful tips to avoid the clumping of cheese.

So keep reading the article.

Types of cheese that you can shred and freeze 

Any type of cheese that you can shred or grind can easily be frozen and stored in your freezer for future use.

Though a few cheese types that are most popular for shredding and freezing are mentioned below;

Aged mozzarella

Parmesan

Cheddar

Grana Padano

Swiss 

Emmental

Monterey jack

A few cheese types are semi-hard and some are hard so you can freeze the cheese blocks in your freeze. If you have shredded the cheese for adding to the meal, you can easily freeze it in airtight freezing bags for future use.

Can you freeze shredded cheese?

Yes, you can freeze the shredded cheese. You can freeze any type of food in the freezer for as long as possible.

When you freeze the food, the most important thing to keep in mind is that freezing shouldn’t alter its flavor, texture, and quality.

Freezing the shredded cheese is a superb way to keep it fresh for a long time and use it again & again without wasting the leftovers.

All you have to do is; Take an airtight freezer bag, put the shredded cheese inside it, and zip up the bag after removing excess air. Make sure you store the freezing bag correctly to avoid spoilage.

How to freeze shredded cheese?

Freezing the shredded cheese is quite easy and you can preserve the cheese as long as possible. You just have to follow a few steps for freezing the shredded cheese accurately.

1: Shred and grind the cheese

First of all, if the cheese isn’t shredded then shred or grind the block of cheese in the size that you want for cooking food.

2: Pre freeze

Spread a cookie sheet in a pan, put the shredded cheese on it, and cover it with aluminum foil to avoid sticking. Place the pan into the freezer for 2 hours or overnight until the cheese freezes.

3: Place the freezing bag

Remove the pan from the freezer, take a spatula and stir the cheese properly to remove the clumps. 

Take a resealable bag, put all the shredded cheese in it and seal the bag tightly after removing extra air. 

Label the freezer bag with the date and store it in the freezer in a perfect manner to avoid freezer burn.

4: Freezing

The whole freezing process of cheese takes roughly 10-20 minutes even if you include the time of shredding.

The branded packs of shredded cheese don’t have clumps because of the anti-caking agents like corn starch & cellulose in them.

So if you are freezing a branded pack of shredded cheese, you don’t need to stir the cheese after pre-freezing to get rid of the clumps.

How long can you freeze the shredded cheese?

You can freeze the shredded cheese for almost 3 months although the sooner you use it, the better flavor you will have.

According to the experts,” If you want to have the best quality of shredded cheese, use it within a month.”

When you extend the freezing period of shredded cheese like if you freeze the cheese for 4-6 months, it will go bad and will lose its flavor as well as the texture.

How to defrost shredded cheese?

Shredded cheese can be used in two different ways: either you can add it directly into your dish and it will improve the flavor of your meal ten times or you can defrost it in the fridge.

In fridge

Depending upon the type of cheese and how much you thaw it, the cheese needs 30 minutes to even a few hours. This type of defrosting is best for the cheese you need for the preparation of salads and sprinkling over the meal.

The drawback of this method is the cheese starts clumping if you don’t use the anti-caking agents. 

Skip defrosting

No doubt it is the easiest way because all you have to do is grab a bag of cheese from the freezer, scoop how much cheese you want, and return the bag to the freezer.

When you add the frozen cheese to your dish, it will automatically get melted because of the high temperature. 

Though if you are adding the cheese to the salad, let it sit on the counter for a few minutes and then stir it well with other ingredients.

How to avoid the clumping of cheese?

While freezing the shredded cheese, the biggest concern is clumping especially when you have to freeze a large quantity.

To avoid clumping in cheese, put the shredded cheese into a freezer bag and lay it flat on the counter. Take a straw, insert it in the bag and suck the excess air out of the bag.

Seal the bag, label it with the type of cheese & date of freezing, and put it in the freezer for the coming days.

Another way to avoid clumping is to sprinkle a tablespoon of cornstarch into the freezer bag. Zip up the bag and shake it well to coat the cheese.

The thin coating of cornstarch on the cheese absorbs the moisture and prevents clumping in the cheese.

Should you use any anticaking agent?

It’s not a hard and fast rule to use any anti-caking agent to prevent the clumping of frozen cheese. You can add the frozen cheese directly into your meal after removing it from the freezer.

When you defrost the frozen shredded cheese in the refrigerator, the cheese starts clumping. 

Anticaking agents such as cornstarch, potato starch, and flour can help you to prevent the clumping of cheese.

How to store shredded cheese?

1: Take a resealable freezer bag 

2: Put the shredded cheese inside it

3: Remove the excess air out of it and seal the bag tightly

4: Place the bag into the freezer

You can store the shredded cheese in the freezer for almost 3 months if you place it precisely.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Does cheese change its flavor after freezing?

No, not really. The freezing doesn’t change the flavor of cheese though it affects the texture a bit. 

When you freeze the leftovers of shredded cheese, try to use them within a few days if you want to have the best quality.

Otherwise, you can use the leftovers of shredded cheese as long as its flavor and stretchy nature remain intact.

Can you refreeze shredded mozzarella cheese?

No, the refreezing of food after thawing isn’t safe at all because it aggravates the growth of harmful bacteria.

If you have thawed the cheese completely, do not refreeze the cheese due to the risk of the rapid growth of bacteria in it as well as it will dry out.

How long is shredded cheese good once it is opened?

Once you open the pack of cheese, it’s not safe to use the shredded cheese for more than 6 weeks because it will go bad and lose its flavor & texture.

Moreover, the cheese itself is prepared by fermentation and after a certain period, it will cause rapid growth of harmful bacteria in it.

Final verdict 

Topping your food like salads and pizzas with shredded cheese makes them more toothsome and delectable.

You can freeze the shredded cheese for 3 months though for the best quality, try to use it as early as possible because after 3 months it will go bad and can cause health problems.

For perfectly freezing shredded cheese, take a resealable bag, put the cheese inside it, remove excess air out of it and seal the bag tightly. After sealing the bag, place it in the freezer.

I have elaborated some facts about shredded cheese in this article and I hope it will help you to freeze the cheese perfectly. Happy reading!

About Carissa Taylor

Carissa is the founder and creator of the Gliving. With an emphasis on healthy eating and living, Carissa's recipes and food photography have been featured in various publications including the Food Network Blog, Huffington Post, TODAY Food, and more.