How To Freeze Dairy Products

Why choose wikiHow?
wikiHow marks an article as reader approved once we have received enough feedback to know that most readers were able to successfully complete the task. In this case, we have also received several testimonials from our readers, who told us how this article truly helped them.

How to Freeze Cheese

Three Methods:

Freezing cheese is possible for many cheese varieties. Freezing cheese can help prevent a large block of cheese from going moldy before its finished and is a good way to store all those cheeses you snapped up in a sale.


  1. Choose the right cheese.Hard, very hard and semi-hard cheese will freeze, although some cheeses will be crumbly after freezing (but will still taste good). On the other hand, soft cheese does not freeze well, such as cottage cheese, ricotta cheese and cream cheese, so don't freeze these varieties. Varieties include:
    • Very hard cheese: Pecorino, Romano Parmesan
    • Hard cheese: Cheddar, Swiss, Edam, Gouda and Colby
    • Semi-hard/soft cheese: Havarti, Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, Provolone, Brick, Camembert, Brie
    • Soft cheese: Ricotta, feta, cottage cheese, cream cheese.

Freezing a Block of Cheese

Cheese frozen in this way can keep for up to 6 months in the freezer.

  1. Select a suitable cheese.Hard and very hard cheese or a semi-hard cheese such as Brie or Camembert can be frozen as a whole.
  2. Cut down large blocks, if necessary.The most cheese that should be frozen as a block is 1/2 pound/225g to 1 pound/500g.
  3. Wrap the cheese block.Use wrapping that is moisture-proof and airtight. Some options include:
    • Wrap in wax paper, then foil. Place inside a resealable bag or airtight container.
    • Wrap in foil. Place inside a resealable bag or airtight container.
    • Wrap in plastic food wrap. Then either wrap in foil or place straight into a resealable bag or airtight container.
    • Leave in original packaging for Brie or Camembert. Add to resealable bag or airtight container.
  4. Seal the bag or container.Label and date.
  5. Place in the freezer.
  6. Thaw slowly.Move from the freezer to the refrigerator for thawing. The more slowly the cheese thaws, the better, as this will help it to retain moisture.
    • If the cheese has turned crumbly during freezing, use for cooking, adding to sauces or melting on bread/toppings, etc. Blue cheese is especially prone to crumbling.

Freezing Shredded or Grated Cheese

Shredded/grated cheese can be frozen for 3 to 6 months.

  1. Choose a very hard or a hard cheese.These types will grate easily and freeze well in shredded form.
  2. Shred or grate the cheese.This can either be done by hand using a stand-up shredder/grater or in a food processor that has a cheese shredding blade.
  3. Fill a resealable bag with shredded or grated cheese.Leave about a half an inch/ centimeter (0.1 in) from the top of the bag.
  4. Seal the bag.Press the bag flat as gently as you can to expel excess air before sealing. Label and date the bags.
  5. Place in the freezer.
    • If you have a lot of bags, arrange across a baking sheet first. Flatten the cheese inside as much as possible without damaging it. Then freeze. Once the bags are frozen, they can be stacked neatly one on top of the other.
  6. Use as needed.Break off or shake out the amount of shredded or grated cheese needed for cooking.
    • Shredded cheese can be placed on top of hot food to melt (such as pasta sauce) but it will also introduce a little moisture, so take this into account.

Freezing Sliced Cheese

Pasteurized slices of cheese can be frozen for up to 3 months.

  1. Select hard variety sliced cheese.You can either purchase pre-sliced cheese packages or slice a block of cheese yourself. Slice a block using a cheese knife, sharp knife or special cheese wire cutters.
    • If cutting your own cheese, keep the slices an even size.
    • If you are using pre-sliced cheese, check it before freezing it. If is has any mold on it, it is not suitable for freezing and needs to be discarded.
  2. Cut squares from parchment or sandwich wrap paper that match the slice sizes.These will separate the slices when frozen.
  3. Create a layer of slices and paper pieces.Stack up to 10 slices at a time, alternating between one slice of cheese and one square of paper. Continue until the stack is formed.
  4. Slide the stack into a resealable bag or a suitable freezer proof container.Label and date.
  5. Place in the freezer.Leave it where it is easily accessible, so that household members can grab a slice or two when needed.
  6. Use.To remove a slice or more, open the package or container and peel away from a paper layer under the first slice. Repeat for each slice needed. Discard the paper layer and use the cheese as usual.
    • Frozen cheese slices can be packed straight into sandwiches for school or work. They'll have thawed by lunchtime.
    • Frozen cheese slices can be added straight to bread for grilling/broiling or other heating methods.
    • Frozen cheese slices can be added straight to dishes you're preparing, such as lasagna, pie, toppings, etc.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Is it possible to freeze gruyere cheese?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    When you freeze cheese, the moisture inside the cheese will crystallize and alter the microstructure of the cheese. Technically, it is possible to freeze gruyere cheese, but if the question is "Is it possible to freeze gruyere cheese and have it thaw out exactly like it was before," the answer is "no."
  • Question
    What else can I use If I don't have parchment paper to put between the cheese slices?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Use wax paper or plastic wrap between each slice.
  • Question
    Can I freeze American sliced cheese?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    We do freeze American cheese typically when we buy a 5 lb block, however it will sometimes crumble after it is thawed in the fridge.
  • Question
    Can I freeze shredded cheese I bought in a bag?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Cheese freezes very well. Firm cheeses tend to crumble a lot more after they have thawed out and are being used, though. Shredded cheese in a bag, double or triple-wrapped, should freeze just fine. It is best to use it within two months of freezing, though.
  • Question
    Can cheese be refrozen if it has been frozen before?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, but it may affect the taste of the cheese.
  • Question
    Can I freeze fresh mozzarella?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, just make sure to dehydrate it a little, as it will taste terrible if there's too much water in it.
  • Question
    Can you freeze brie successfully?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, but it won’t come out looking the way it did before you froze it. While it will still be edible and taste good, you might not want to serve it to guests. Soft cheeses are much more difficult to freeze than hard cheeses because of their higher water and fat content. When water freezes, it contracts. Then it expands upon thawing, changing the consistency of the cheese.
  • Question
    Can farmer's cheese be frozen?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, farmer's cheese can be frozen as long as it's packaged properly.
Unanswered Questions
  • Can I freeze Colby jack bar cheese?
  • I am going to purchase a case (6/7oz. Packages) of Alsatian Munster. It's hard to get and quite expensive. Will I be able to freeze some of it for future use?
  • How long can you freeze sliced cheese?
  • How can I freeze cheese that has been cubed?
  • Can you freeze emmental cheese?
Ask a Question
200 characters left
Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered.
  • Although it isn't possible to freeze soft cheeses on their own, it is fine to freeze them as part of a dish, such as a stew or casserole that contains them.
  • Freezer wrap can be used on a block of cheese destined for freezing.
  • If cream cheese has been frozen by accident, it can used as a dip or as icing/frosting.


  • This article applies to commercially produced cheese. For homemade cheese, consult the relevant manual or guide you followed to make it, or your local food education center (often at universities or similar institutions) for sound advice relevant to the product you've manufactured at home.
  • Whenever you take a part of the frozen product out of the container, use squeaky clean hands or a clean implement to do this, so as to avoid introducing germs to the package. Return the bag or container to the freezer quickly after you've taken out what you need.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife and cutting board
  • Cheese shredder/grater or food processor
  • Resealable bags or airtight freezer-proof containers
  • Marker for labels
  • Baking sheet (optional)
  • Weighing scales for weighing block of cheese

Related wikiHows

Sources and Citations

  • – research source
  • – research source

Made Recently

Did you try these steps?
Upload a picture for other readers to see.
Upload error
Awesome picture! Tell us more about it?

Article Info


In other languages:

Português: , Русский: , Deutsch: , Italiano: , Español: , Français: , 中文: , Bahasa Indonesia: , Nederlands: , Čeština: , العربية: 

Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 379,585 times.
Did this article help you?

About This Article

How helpful is this?
Views: 379,585

Quick Summary

The best way to freeze cheese is by cutting it into blocks that are smallerthan 1 pound. Once you have a manageable-sized block, wrap it in aluminum foil or plastic wrap, and place the cheese in a resealable freezer bag. Press out any excess air before you seal the bag tightly, and write the date on the bag to ensure freshness. Place the cheese in the freezer where it will last for up to 6 months. Before using your frozen cheese, place it in the refrigerator to thaw slowly!

Success Stories

Paula Clark

Jul 30, 2019

"I have a lot of 1 lb boxes of cheese, so I decided to freeze some different ways, and by your methods, it workedgreat. It was so easy, this way you only use what you need before it molds on you and have to throw all that money down the drain."

April Boggs

Jul 8, 2019

"I got 25 pounds of grated cheese (I love cheese), was worried it would go bad. After all, that's a lot of cheese. Ifroze all but 2 baggies, and it works like a charm. Everything in this article was very helpful."

J. Peters

Jul 25, 2019

"I was given a large bag of shredded cheese and knew I would not be able to use it all before spoilage. Wasn't sureif I could freeze so I Googled it. Your advice was very helpful. Thanks. "
Rated this article:


Jul 19, 2019

"Have some nice Gouda, purchased on sale, but cannot eat it all. I hope the flavor will be maintained, since Icannot eat it all for a while. Will follow your instructions. Thank you."


Jan 28, 2019

"I wasn't sure how to freeze part of a large quantity of shredded cheese. This article helped me do it right so Ican save portions of cheese for later use on pizzas or quesadillas."

Marilyn Moore-Buice

Aug 26, 2019

"We ordered cheese online to pick up at the deli. For some reason, the order was doubled. I needed to know if Icould freeze it. Voila! Your article was a big help!"

Carole Mann

May 27, 2019

"Answered my question completely, because it covered not just block cheese, but the shredded and pre-sliced (whichis what I was researching)."

Michelle McGowan

Nov 23, 2019

"I hate to waste cheese; nothing worse than finding mold on cheese. Freezing makes it easy to keep, andpre-shredding makes it easy to use."
Rated this article:

Margaret Sypaczynski

May 5, 2019

"Straight to the point, logical, and exactly what I was looking for. Refreshing in a world full of rhetoric andover-explaining. :)"

Tom Betg

May 17, 2019

"Being a chef for 40 years, I never had to freeze sliced cheese. I followed your suggestions and hope for the best.Thank you."


Aug 24, 2019

"Informative, simple and to the point, but still thorough. All in all, very helpful information. Thanks!"

Liz Ketring

Jun 27, 2019

"I didn't know shredded cheese could be frozen in the packaging. It is a great idea. Thank you!"

Aldrena Hill

Feb 10, 2019

"This article was very helpful in explaining how much and what kind of cheese can be frozen."


Sep 18, 2019

"I have a 2k brick marble cheese so it was helpful to know the info about freezing. Thanks."

Sue Marie

Aug 3, 2019

"Very thorough info on different types of cheeses to freeze. My questions were answered."
Rated this article:


Apr 9, 2019

"How to freeze block and sliced cheese, and how long you can store it were all helpful."


May 3, 2019

"Haven't tried it yet. Checking to see if I can freeze sliced cheese. This helped. "

Tad Beyers

Apr 9, 2019

"Very good article with a simple easy-to-follow layout and information. Great."

Celia Meave

Jun 17, 2019

"I saw this on a show, but the article answered my exact question. Thank you!"

Dot Kopacek

Jun 22, 2019

"I did not know I could freeze cheese. Thanks so much for your information."

H. S.

Apr 18, 2019

"Very useful.

Video: Can you freeze cheese - part 1

How to Freeze Cheese
How to Freeze Cheese images

2019 year
2019 year - How to Freeze Cheese pictures

How to Freeze Cheese forecast
How to Freeze Cheese forecasting photo

How to Freeze Cheese picture
How to Freeze Cheese picture

How to Freeze Cheese How to Freeze Cheese new pics
How to Freeze Cheese new photo

images How to Freeze Cheese
pics How to Freeze Cheese

Watch How to Freeze Cheese video
Watch How to Freeze Cheese video

Communication on this topic: How to Freeze Cheese, how-to-freeze-cheese/
Forum on this topic: How to Freeze Cheese, how-to-freeze-cheese/ , how-to-freeze-cheese/

Related News

Kensington Palace on mission to silence Meghan Markle father: report
Usertalk: AbigailAbernathy
In my gut, I worried that I might not have thrived in that environment
31 Elegant Simple Minimalist Christmas Decor Ideas
Get the Facts Behind Why Black Hair Is so Dry
How Can I Become Better Friends With Someone
How to Make Wedding Signs
How to Make Money As an Elementary School Student
Should You Call Out Sick Today
The Best and Worst States to Have a Baby
Honey Garlic Shrimp Stir-Fry

Date: 06.12.2018, 14:55 / Views: 44572