Feta cheese is a delicious, crumbly cheese that’s used in a variety of dishes. It has a salty and slightly sour taste and depending on the recipe, it can be eaten as is or mixed with other ingredients. Feta cheese freezes well if prepared properly, so you can store it for later use without worrying about it spoiling or losing its flavor. Read on to learn how to freeze feta cheese safely!
Can You Freeze Feta Cheese?
You can freeze feta cheese. It’s a great way to preserve it and extend its shelf life. You can freeze hard cheeses, soft cheeses, and semi-soft cheeses too!
If you’re wondering whether or not you should freeze your cheese (and if so which kind), it depends on what the cheese is made with: how much moisture is in the curds will determine how long it lasts after being frozen. The rule of thumb is that if the curds were made from cow’s milk (as opposed to goat or sheep), then they’ll be best when frozen; also remember that feta tends to have less fat than other types of cheese so freezing will help keep this fresh for longer as well!
How To Freeze Feta Cheese
While we often see feta cheese on the shelf at our local grocery stores, it’s also possible to freeze feta cheese. You can freeze feta cheese in a container, a zip lock bag, plastic wrap, and/or an airtight container.
Freeze Feta Cheese in a Container
Place unwrapped feta cheese in an airtight container or freezer bag and seal tightly. If you are using a freezer bag make sure you squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing it shut with a twist tie or your hands if no other utensil is available (I recommend using both hands because they will keep the bag shape better than one hand). The more void space there is between the cheese chunks, the faster they will defrost when you take them out of storage later on down the road!
Freeze Feta Cheese in Zip Lock Bags
Place unwrapped portions into freezer bags that have been cut open flat so that they form even squares/rectangles (this keeps them from having any creases). You can also put multiple servings into one large piece of plastic wrap instead of putting them inside separate compartments within one big zip lock bag -just make sure there aren’t any folds where moisture could accumulate over time.
How Long Can You Freeze Feta Cheese?
You can freeze feta cheese for up to 3 months. It will keep its flavor and texture, but it may change color slightly over time.
Feta is a soft cheese with a crumbly texture that can be crumbled easily into salads or over-grilled meat (or even used as an alternative to bread crumbs).
How Do You Defrost Feta Cheese?
Once you’ve frozen your feta cheese, you may be wondering about the best way to thaw it. The safest way is in your refrigerator. To do this:
Remove anything else from your refrigerator and place the Feta cheese on a plate or cutting board that’s large enough for it to sit flat on its bottom (if it has a mold). Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge until defrosted.
Allow 8-12 hours for the cheese to reach room temperature before removing it from the refrigerator. Reheat according to recipe instructions after thawing, if applicable; otherwise, enjoy as desired!
Can You Refreeze Feta Cheese?
You can refreeze feta cheese and it will be just as good when you thaw it, but there are some things to keep in mind.
First, feta cheese is not like ice cream or butter. It may lose some of its flavor and texture when frozen more than once.
Second, don’t try to freeze a whole wheel of Feta cheese—it’s best to break the wheel into smaller portions so you don’t have a huge amount of defrosting on your hands later on!
Does Feta Cheese Freeze Well?
Feta cheese freezes well and is a great way to preserve this delicious cheese.
Feta is a semi-hard, white, brined cheese made from sheep’s milk or goat’s milk. It is tangy and salty with a crumbly texture. It has a shelf life of one month in the refrigerator and can be frozen for up to one year without losing any flavor or texture.
So that’s it! You now know everything you need to know about freezing feta cheese. As long as you freeze it correctly and use your frozen feta within the recommended time frame, then there’s no reason why it shouldn’t work well for your recipes.
Kate has been in the food business for over 20 years. Worked as a cook at several buffets which include Old Country Buffet, Five Star Buffet, and Ichiban Buffet. Now, I’m mostly at home cooking for my family, caring for chickens and ducks, and tending the garden.