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Can you mozzarella freeze cheese? If you’ve got extra shredded or block cheese on hand, here’s what to do!

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Got extra cheese you’re not sure what to do with? If you’re eying the freezer, it could be a good bet! Freezing cheese can preserve it for months. However, there are certain types of cheese that work better than others. Here’s what to know about the process: and how to save that shredded mozzarella for your next pizza!

Can you freeze mozzarella cheese?

You can freeze mozzarella cheese that’s in a block or shredded. Block mozzarella can become crumbly after thawing, so it’s best to cut it into slices before freezing.

Avoid freezing fresh mozzarella cheese as it looses its smooth texture and becomes a very dry and crumbly after defrosting. Fresh mozzarella has more water content, which causes crystals to develop in the freezer.

Shredded mozzarella cheese is ideal for freezing: the advantage is that it can be used directly from the freezer since it will be heated immediately! Throw it right from the freezer onto your quesadilla or pizza. This is a great way to extend the life of an economy-sized bag of shredded mozzarella cheese (we know from experience!).

How to freeze mozzarella cheese

Ready to get started? Here’s how to freeze mozzarella cheese:

  1. Prepare the cheese (block cheese): If the cheese is unopened in its original packaging, leave it: unless you want to slice or shred it first. Because the texture of block cheese becomes crumbly after freezing, you may want to portion it into slices or shred it. If sliced, place a piece of parchment or wax paper between each slice. Place the cheese in a freezer-safe resealable plastic bag.
  2. Prepare the cheese (shredded cheese): Freeze the cheese in its original package if it’s unopened. If you’ve shredded the cheese yourself, place it in a resealable plastic bag.
  3. Label: Label the cheese with the type and a “use by” date that is 3 months in the future.
  4. Suck out the air: Partially seal the bag, then use a straw to suck out all air from the bag.
  5. Freeze: Place the bag in the freezer and freeze for up to 3 months.
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How long to freeze

The fresher the cheese is before it’s frozen, the better! You can technically freeze mozzarella cheese for up to 6 months or longer, the texture does start to suffer. We recommend using frozen mozzarella cheese within 1 to 3 months. It’s best at the 1 month mark.

Important: Keep in mind that the longer the cheese is frozen, the harder it is to melt. So the fresher the frozen cheese, the better! Per Healthline, mozzarella cheese that was frozen 4 weeks doesn’t melt as well as mozzarella cheese frozen 1 week.

Defrosting mozzarella cheese

To defrost mozzarella cheese in a block or slices, place it in the refrigerator for 12 hours until soft. Use the thawed cheese within 3 to 4 days. Do not re-freeze frozen cheese.

However, shredded mozzarella cheese does not have to be thawed if you’re using it in a cooked recipe! Place it right on your pizza or grilled cheese. (See below for recipe ideas!)

Uses for thawed shredded mozzarella cheese

Frozen shredded mozzarella cheese can be used in many cooked and baked recipes. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Want more tips on freezing cheese? Here are a few more methods:

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How to Freeze Mozzarella Cheese


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: N/A

Description

Can you mozzarella freeze cheese? If you’ve got extra shredded or block cheese on hand, here’s what to do!


Ingredients

  • Shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Prepare the cheese (block cheese): If the cheese is unopened in its original packaging, leave it: unless you want to slice or shred it first. Because the texture of block cheese becomes crumbly after freezing, you may want to portion it into slices or shred it. If sliced, place a piece of parchment or wax paper between each slice. Place the cheese in a freezer-safe resealable plastic bag.
  2. Prepare the cheese (shredded cheese): Freeze the cheese in its original package if it’s unopened. If you’ve shredded the cheese yourself, place it in a resealable plastic bag.
  3. Label: Label the cheese with the type and a “use by” date that is 3 months in the future.
  4. Seal: Partially seal the bag, then use a straw to suck out all air from the bag.
  5. Freeze: Place the bag in the freezer and freeze for up to 3 months. You can use frozen shredded mozzarella directly from the freezer in cooked dishes, like pizza, stuffed vegetables, and more. To defrost block cheese, place it in the refrigerator for 12 hours until soft. Use the thawed cheese within 3 to 4 days. Do not re-freeze frozen cheese.
  • Category: Frozen
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Cheese
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!