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 product.
Or 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.
But you don’t know whether one can freeze it.
Freezing seems to be the only solution to the mentioned issues. The truth is you can freeze cottage cheese, but it makes sense only in certain cases. Most times freezing this dairy treat isn’t the best idea.
How Freezing Affects Cottage Cheese
Like most dairy products, freezing and thawing changes the consistency of cottage cheese. While freezing doesn’t change its nutritional value, it changes its texture, sometimes significantly. Besides texture, cottage cheese might also lose some of its taste. That’s a pretty big deal 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 for yourself. Freeze a small amount of your favorite cottage cheese, thaw it after a few days and check the results. If you’re happy about what yo’u’ve got, you can freeze this cheese whenever needed.
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There’s another thing worth knowing. While people don’t recommend eating thawed cottage cheese by itself, they say it works well in cooked dishes. Dishes like soups and souces. Because of that, freezing this dairy product for cooking purposes might be worth a try.
Remember that the softer (or creamier) your cottage cheese is, the worse it freezes. That means if your favorite cottage cheese doesn’t freeze well, 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 About Freezing Cottage Cheese
To freeze it, store it 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 more than 2 months in its original packaging, consider placing the container in a freezer bag to avoid freezer burn. If you need to use only a little amount of it at a time, 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 after freezing and thawing. Therefore, freezing it for other purposes than using it in cooked dishes isn’t recommended. It’s a matter of personal preferences. That means you might actually enjoy frozen and thawed cottage cheese, but that’s unlikely.