Because cheese can be expensive, knowing how to buy bulk and freeze cheese is knowing how to save some money while still enjoying your favorite foods. Cheese is actually easy to freeze, but it’s best to freeze it in small quantities and use it for cooking afterward as opposed to eating it by the slice.
When cheese is frozen and then thawed out the texture changes. After it thaws out, it may become crumbly and hard to slice. If you are thinking that you have seen cheese, frozen and not crumbly, it’s probably because that wasn’t real cheese. It was an imitation product.
Freeze Cheese: Buy On Sale or Bulk Buy
One way to buy bulk and freeze cheese is to plan what you will be using it for. This allows you to buy large quantities and divide it up into smaller portions that you will need for specific dishes. It’s usually cheaper by the pound to buy cheese in bulk because they save on packaging and handling. Sometimes you can even get a wheel of cheese protected by wax.
Watch your flyers with apps such as Reebee, and when you find your cheese on sale – buy a few extra packages to last you until the next sales cycle ( usually 3 months)
I personally will buy blocks of cheddar cheese that are packaged and throw it in the freezer just as it is. Then throw it in the fridge to thaw out for a few days. Since I generally shred my cheese or melt it in some sort – it doesn’t matter to me if it is crumbly. But if it’s for sliced cheese for a meat and cheese tray I don’t suggest this method.
More on Shredded Cheese Below!
Can You freeze Cheese Singles?
Kraft Singles don’t seem to be made with too much dairy in them, and they freeze well and also thaws nicely and once thawed and acts like you just bought it from the refrigerated section. Depending on your singles of choice – some people have experienced white spots – but I haven’t seen that with any Kraft Singles I’ve bought.
Can you Freeze Shredded Cheese?
If it’s already packaged as in the picture above – You bet! Just toss it in the freezer and you can use once you thaw it out.
Money Tip – Generally, I don’t buy Shredded cheese – it’s always cheaper to shred your own! I only ever purchase it if I am in a pinch and don’t have any thawed out for a certain dish last minute. You pay for the convenience of not having to do the work yourself.
If you plan to freeze cheese to use later on a pizza, shred your cheese first and then freeze it in the quantities you are will need later. You can also spread the shredded cheese out on a pan and freeze it like this to avoid clumping. Once the cheese is frozen, just slide it into a bag. Make sure to put the date on the bag before storing it in the freezer.
How to freeze Cheese Cubes
Maybe you want to use your cheese for something else, like macaroni and cheese or tuna casserole. You can cube your cheese and freeze it just as you did the shredded cheese. Spread the cubes out on a sheet before placing them in the freezer. Once they are frozen, slide them into a bag and label the bag before placing it in the freezer.
When it comes in cubes or even sculpted cheese, you may be able to freeze small pieces without them breaking, but the consistency will still be different when you go to eat it. Whenever possible, use your frozen cheese for cooking and your fresh cheese for direct eating. Learning how to freeze cheese is more about understanding the consistency issue than anything else. By planning ahead, you will always have cheese for your dishes, but may not have slices to snack on.