Can you freeze cottage cheese? Cottage cheese is a popular dairy treat. Some people use it also in recipes. So, you’ve found out that your local grocery store has cottage cheese on sale really cheap and you’d like to stock up on this dairy product, but you don’t know whether one can freeze it. Or you’re using it only in recipes and you’ve got a half full cottage cheese container and no idea how you can use the rest of the product within the next couple of days. Freezing seems to be the only solution to the mentioned issues. The truth is – you can freeze cottage cheese, but only in certain cases. Most times freezing this dairy treat isn’t the best idea.
How freezing affects cottage cheese
Similarly to most other dairy products, freezing and thawing changes the consistency of cottage cheese. Freezing doesn’t change the nutritional value of cottage cheese, but it changes its texture, sometimes significantly. Besides changing its texture, it might also lose some of its taste, which is a pretty important fact, especially if you plan on eating it by itself. Unfortunately, it’s a matter of personal preferences and I can’t tell you whether you will like it, or not. The best thing you can do is to do a little trial – freeze a small amount of your favorite cottage cheese, thaw it after a few days and check the results you’ll get. If they are satisfactory, you can freeze this cheese freely.
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There’s another thing worth mentioning – most people don’t recommend eating frozen and thawed cottage cheese by itself, but they also state that it does pretty well in cooked dishes like soups or sauces. Because of that, freezing this dairy product for cooking purposes might be worth a try.
Please bear in mind that the softer (or creamier) your cottage cheese is, the worse it freezes, so if your favorite cottage cheese doesn’t undergo the processes of freezing and thawing well, you might want to give another brand a try.
By freezing cottage cheese you can extend its shelf life for about 3 to 6 months. Of course you can keep it in the freezer a lot longer, but its taste will slowly deteriorate. The mentioned 3 to 6 months is for best quality.
Tips concerning freezing cottage cheese
To freeze it, store this dairy product in an airtight container. You can use the original packaging if you’re able to seal it tightly (assuming that the packaging is already opened). If you plan to freeze cottage cheese for a prolonged period of time, like more than 2 months, and you want to store it in the original packaging, you should consider placing the container in a freezer bag to avoid freezer burn. If you plan to use only a little amount of this dairy product at a time, you might consider repackaging the product into few smaller containers. This way you’ll be able to thaw only as little cottage cheese as you need at the moment.
Cottage cheese is a popular dairy treat used also in recipes. Although you can freeze cottage cheese, its texture changes (sometimes significantly) after freezing and thawing and therefore freezing it for other purposes than using it in cooked dishes isn’t recommended. It’s really a matter of personal preferences so you might actually enjoy frozen and thawed cottage cheese.