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Old 09-22-2018, 03:47 PM   #1
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Aged cheese, does it freeze well?

I'm on an aged cheese jag for snacks.


Parm and chedder in particular, in slices with apples and such.


The good stuff comes in Chunks that turn blue before I can 'em all.


can I halve the chunks, wrap in plastic and freeze? or will they turn to Gooo or something?


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Old 09-22-2018, 03:58 PM   #2
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Hi Giggler,
Parmesan will just fall apart faster/more. You'll be able to crumble it after you freeze it, but it won't slice without falling apart. You can also shred or grate it.


Cheddar will also crumble and will not slice well without crumbling after freezing.


So you can still use either one in sauces, or on pizza or in casseroles or soups.


To stop the mold from forming, if you have a vacuum sealer, use that. Without air it won't mold in the refrigerator. Take your piece of cheese, wash your hands, then wipe the outside of the cheese with some water with a little salt and vinegar added, dry it, then vacuum seal it. It will last for ages if the vacuum holds.


When I age cheese (and don't wax it), I vacuum seal it and it stays at 55 degrees F in the cheese cave, for years without forming mold on the outside.


You can also wax it but waxing is a tedious/messy/difficult process if you haven't done it before. That also keeps the cheese from forming mold if there is no air on the cheese.


I usually freeze cheeses when they are at their peak flavor and I don't want any more aging to take place. Things like motz, provolone, camembert/brie, and bel paese--but it does change the texture a little when thawed.
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Old 09-22-2018, 04:49 PM   #3
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Take your piece of cheese, wash your hands, then wipe the outside of the cheese with some water with a little salt and vinegar added, dry it, then vacuum seal it. It will last for ages if the vacuum holds.

And I've heard that bliss has the hands of a 12 year old girl...
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Old 09-22-2018, 04:54 PM   #4
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I buy 18-month-old Parmigiano Reggiano cheese; it keeps for months and has never molded.

You should be able to buy smaller chunks at a time. If not, I would find another source.
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Old 09-22-2018, 05:04 PM   #5
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lol Bucky, this might be true.
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Old 09-22-2018, 05:21 PM   #6
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I've frozen Locatelli Romano with success. Once thawed, it grates fine.
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Old 09-22-2018, 05:30 PM   #7
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I just heard that freezing Locatelli is the "in thing" right now.
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I just heard that freezing Locatelli is the "in thing" right now.
You are so bad!!! I heard people freeze Locatelli and then enjoy it in quiche with non-milk 'milk'.
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I just heard that freezing Locatelli is the "in thing" right now.


Yeah, but I did it before it got big.
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:40 PM   #10
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Maybe Bliss can shed some light on this.

I've heard that you should never touch a cheese block with your bare hands when grating or cutting cheese, and the cheese will be less likely to mold when returned to the refrigerator. Since we've been doing this we've had better luck with our packs of refrigerated cheese.


No wisecracks about cutting the cheese Bucky.
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