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Can You Freeze Sweetened Condensed Milk?

We’ve talked about freezing evaporated milk previously but what about condensed milk? Can you freeze sweetened condensed milk?

Condensed milk, which is often used in desserts, has a long shelf life. This dairy product is made by removing the water content of the milk using a special vacuum process, giving the product a distinct goopy consistency. It is also extra sweet thanks to all that sugar.

Since the condensed milk contains small amounts of water and plenty of sugar, it will keep so well in storage. In addition, the milk has been heat-processed to kill the harmful microbes that could otherwise cause the product to go bad quickly! But if you have a lot of condensed milk tins that are nearing their expiry date, you can always freeze the condensed milk.

How to Freeze Sweetened Condensed Milk?

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Sweetened condensed milk is often sold in cans and the container is not ideal for freezing. You have to transfer the milk in a freezer-safe container first. We highly suggest dividing the condensed milk into manageable portions prior to freezing. This way, defrosting the frozen milk is less of a hassle.

You can use small resealable baggies or a couple of ice cube trays as a container for the condensed milk. Just open a can of sweetened condensed milk and pour the contents carefully into your desired container. Do not fill the container to the brim; leave about 2 inches of space to give the condensed milk enough room to expand as it freezes. If you’re using a resealable plastic bag, remove the excess air and then seal. Write the storage date then stick in the freezer.

If you’re using ice cube trays, place the filled trays in the freezer. Leave the condensed milk to freeze for two hours or more. Once the condensed milk is frozen solid, take the ice cube tray from the freezer. Gently transfer the condensed milk cubes in a resealable plastic bag. Squeeze out the excess air and then seal. Write the storage date then stick flat in the freezer.

How to Make Sweetened Condensed Milk

Why buy sweetened condensed milk when you can make this at home using the best ingredients? It’s surprisingly easy! Here’s a simple recipe to get you started:

7 Ways to Use Leftover Sweetened Condensed Milk

Hot Drinks

Give your favorite drinks, such as coffee and hot choco, a rich, sweet taste by adding a little condensed milk. You can also mix the leftover condensed milk to iced coffee and milk teas. If you froze leftover condensed milk in an ice cube tray, try adding one cube first. You don’t want the drink to become too sweet!

Baked Goods

You can use sweetened condensed milk as an ingredient in baked goods such as cornbread and pound cake. The sweetened condensed milk will impart a subtle sweetness to the baked goods.

Sweet French Toast

Brighten your mornings with a serving of yummy French toast! But rather than going for the traditional recipe, use your leftover condensed milk to whip up a custard-y, sweet French toast! This breakfast treat will go perfectly with your morning coffee.

Fresh Fruit Topping

Give sour fruits a creamy, sweet flavor with sweetened condensed milk. Just prep the fresh fruits as you normally would then drizzle a spoonful of sweetened condensed milk and you have a healthy dessert to share with the whole family. Sweetened condensed milk pairs perfectly with tart fruits like strawberries!

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Pie Fillings

If you love custard pie fillings then you can make use of your leftover sweetened condensed milk to make a classic lemon pie, custard pie, or Bill Smith’s Atlantic Beach Pie! Just follow your favorite pie recipe as you normally would then add the sweetened condensed milk to the filling.

Sweet Milk Tea

Give your favorite hot tea a sweet, creamy flavor with a cube or two of frozen sweetened condensed milk! The cubed sweetened condensed milk will melt instantly, giving your hot tea a refreshing twist.

Homemade Ice Cream

If you scream for ice cream then you can make this classic dessert at home using leftover sweetened condensed milk. Just follow your favorite ice cream recipe (Nigella’s no churn ice cream recipe sounds dreamy) and add sweetened condensed milk to give the ice cream a thick, creamy texture and delightfully sweet flavor!

Shelf Life and Thawing Suggestions

Frozen sweetened condensed milk will keep for 3 to 6 months. Keep the temperature at a steady 0 degrees Fahrenheit to minimize flavor changes. If you can, consume your supply as soon as possible for optimal flavor.

If you’re using the sweetened condensed milk for hot drinks, there is no need to thaw it at all. Just drop a cube or two of sweetened condensed milk directly to the hot drink and the milk will melt on its own. If the sweetened condensed milk requires thawing, just transfer the container to the fridge. Leave the frozen sweetened condensed milk to thaw overnight. If the milk solids are separating from the liquids, give the thawed sweetened condensed milk a vigorous whisk until smooth.

Summary

Can you freeze sweetened condensed milk? Of course, you can! Condensed milk has a long shelf life as it is but it’s nice to know that you can freeze the product to extend its shelf life even more. Sweetened condensed milk has a lot of uses so make sure to keep a can or two in the pantry so you don’t run out.

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Can You Freeze Evaporated Milk?

Love making low-fat dishes using milk? If you do then you must have cans of evaporated milk in your pantry! Evaporated milk is a type of processed milk with 60% of its water content removed. This dairy product has a thick, creamy texture but it’s surprisingly low in fat, about 1/4 of the cream fat! Of course, certain brands offer light versions of evaporated milk so these products are even healthier and diet friendly.

Now, say you have cans or packs of evaporated milk that’s nearing their expiry date, can you freeze evaporated milk? There are times when a recipe calls for evaporated milk, not a full can. How do you store leftover evaporated milk?

The quick answer is yes, you can freeze evaporated milk. However, it is quite tricky to do so because freezing tends to cause separation between the milk solids and the liquids when thawed. When this happens, no amount of stirring would homogenize the ingredients back to the milk’s original texture. Still, if the milk solids separate from the liquids, the evaporated milk is still usable in cooking. As long as you are planning on using the evaporated milk for cooking then freezing should be a great way to store leftover or canned evaporated milk.

How to Freeze Evaporated Milk?

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Freezing Canned Evaporated Milk

Got several cans of evaporated milk sitting in the pantry? You can extend the shelf life of evaporated milk until you are ready to use up your stash by freezing it. However, you have to transfer the product to a freezer friendly container first. Tins do not hold up well in the freezer and are prone to bursting at cold temps.

To prepare the evaporated milk for freezing, punch a hole on either side of the top so the milk flows freely. Pour the evaporated milk into an opaque container with an airtight lid, leaving a couple of inches of space. You can also pour the evaporated milk in ice cube trays if you’d like to divide the milk into single serving portions. Cover the container with cling wrap then cover with the airtight lid. Write the storage date then stick in the freezer. This freezing instruction goes for leftover evaporated milk too. Just find a suitable container for the milk and you’re good to go.

Storage Tips for Evaporated Milk

If you bought cans of evaporated milk to save money, you might not use up your supply as quickly. To maximize your supply, always check the expiry dates of the products. Choose those with a long expiry date, about a year. If you have older cans of evaporated milk, use those first before using your newer stocks.

If for some reason the canned milk starts leaking or bulging, discard the product. Check the cans for dents, cracks, and rust, if you’re seeing these, throw out the cans. For newly bought cans of evaporated milk, place them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Ideally, store the unopened cans of evaporated milk in the cupboard or kitchen cabinet to prevent rusting.

Treat evaporated milk like fresh milk. You can store the milk in the fridge and it will stay fresh for up to 5 days. However, keep the container sealed because the evaporated milk has the tendency to absorb fridge odors and flavors.

5 Uses for Stored Evaporated Milk

Stored evaporated milk can be used in so many ways!

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Whip It!

You can turn thawed evaporated milk into whipped cream. Just thaw the frozen evaporated milk until it is fluid yet still cold. Then, pour the thawed evaporated milk in your mixer then beat at high speed until you get stiff peaks. Add vanilla and sugar to sweeten the whipped cream and use immediately.

Add to Your Favorite Drinks

From coffee to tea, hot chocolate to smoothies, you can use leftover evaporated milk to give your favorite drinks a creamy, rich taste! The best part? Evaporated milk contains less fat than regular milk so it’s the perfect additive to hot or cold drinks.

Ingredient in Baking

Do you love baking? You can use evaporated milk as a substitute for milk in bread recipes. You can also use leftover evaporated milk to whip up fudge, pies, and milk cookies.

Used in Cooking

Evaporated milk is a great ingredient in any recipe that calls for regular milk, heavy cream, and half-and-half. Evaporated milk won’t curdle at high temperatures so it’s the perfect milk sub for cooking. You can add your leftover evaporated milk in mashed potatoes, stews, and even mac n’ cheese!

Dressing, Soups, and Sauces

Evaporated milk adds richness and depth to different sauces and dressing. If you want to whip up an egg-free dressing for pasta or potato salad, use room temperature evaporated milk. You can also use evaporated milk as a substitute for regular or heavy milk for making cream soups and thick sauces.

Shelf Life and Thawing Suggestions

When kept in the freezer, evaporated milk will keep for at least 3 months. However, we recommend using up your supply as soon as possible for optimal flavor. There is no need to thaw the frozen evaporated milk when used in cooking. But if a recipe calls for room temperature evaporated milk, you can thaw the leftover milk by transferring it to the fridge. Leave the frozen evaporated milk to thaw overnight then rest for a few minutes before adding to the recipe.

Summary

Can you freeze evaporated milk? Freezing may not the best storage option for evaporated milk but you can try it when you are out of options. Just keep these tips in mind so the milk will remain usable after it’s been frozen and thawed.

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Can You Freeze Velveeta Cheese?

Velveeta cheese is a processed cheese product with a soft, smooth texture. It can be enjoyed as is, melted to make cheese sauce or dips, or as an ingredient in sandwiches and finger foods. Can you freeze Velveeta cheese? Technically, you can freeze any type of food, including cheese. However, Kraft, the maker of Velveeta, does not recommend freezing this product at all.

As seen on Kraft’s official Facebook page, the company explicitly warns about the changes that could happen if Velveeta has been frozen:

“We do not recommend that you freeze VELVEETA Pasteurized Process Cheese Product. Freezing VELVEETA Pasteurized Process Cheese Product may cause changes in the texture of the cheese. Crystals may form within the product, which may make it grainy, or its texture to become mushy. Freezing can also break down the ingredients used to make the cheese. This may cause water to form on the surface of the product. Freezing can also negatively impact the flavor.”

How to Freeze Velveeta Cheese?

If say, you are still committed to freezing Velveeta regardless of these changes, it’s surprisingly easy to prep the product for freezing:

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Velveeta cheese is sold in blocks packed in cardboard boxes. Regardless if you’re freezing opened or unopened boxes of Velveeta cheese, you have to transfer the product to a freezer-safe container. The original packaging is not freezer-safe at all.

To prep the cheese, take the product out of its original packaging. You can either freeze the cheese as a block or cut a block into cubes so you can divide it into serving portions. Cover the cheese with cling wrap, making sure there are no exposed spots.

Place the wrapped cheese into a freezer-safe resealable plastic bag then squeeze out the excess air. Seal, write the storage date then stick in the freezer. We highly suggest placing the cheese at the back of the freezer. The cheese has to be kept at a steady temperature to reduce texture changes.

If you defrosted the frozen Velveeta cheese, there should not be any leftovers. Never refreeze thawed Velveeta cheese. Frozen Velveeta cheese should only be used in cooking because of the texture changes.

Easy Recipes Using Velveeta Cheese

Since frozen and thawed Velveeta should only be used for cooking, try experimenting in the kitchen using these recipes:

RO*TEL Famous Queso Dip

Velveeta 3-Step Spicy Bacon and Spinach Sliders

Shelf Life, Thawing and Reheating Suggestions

Frozen Velveeta cheese will keep for at least 3 months. But we recommend consuming the cheese as soon as possible to minimize the texture or flavor changes. To thaw the frozen Velveeta cheese, just transfer the product in the fridge. Leave the product to defrost overnight.

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Ideally, you should thaw the frozen cheese slowly. But if you are in a hurry, you can use your microwave to defrost and reheat the frozen cheese. Just remove the wrapper and cut the cheese into cubes. Place the cubed cheese in a microwave-safe container then nuke on high in 2 minutes intervals until the cheese is melted completely.

You can also thaw and melt the cheese at the same time by adding Velveeta straight to the dish being cooked. Just whip up a dish as you normally would. Cut the cheese into cubes then add the cheese gradually when the recipe calls for it.

Summary

Can you freeze Velveeta cheese? As long as you are reserving the cheese for cooking, freezing helps extend the shelf life of the cheese. You can use the frozen Velveeta cheese for making dips, classic mac and cheese, and cheese casseroles without worrying about flavor changes.

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Can You Freeze Nacho Cheese Sauce?

Nacho cheese sauce and chips make a knockout pair because life is infinitely better with cheese! But what if you made too much cheese sauce? Can you freeze nacho cheese sauce? Dairy products are quite tricky to freeze and nacho cheese sauce is no exception. When done the wrong way, the end product is a runny, unappetizing mess. But when done right, you can enjoy the cheese sauce for months.

So the quick answer is yes, you can freeze nacho cheese sauce successfully! However, homemade cheese sauce tends to have a much shorter shelf life than its store-bought counterpart. That’s something to keep in mind when making the cheese sauce from scratch.

Easy Nacho Cheese Sauce Recipe

Homemade nacho cheese sauce is superior to store-bought cheese dip in flavor and quality so go ahead and make your own using the finest ingredients! Try this easy nacho cheese sauce recipe:

You will need:

¼ cup melted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1-teaspoon all-purpose flour
3 cups cold pasteurized milk
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon ground dried chipotle pepper
¼ teaspoon ancho chili powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper salt to taste
½ pound sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
¼ pound Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
¼ pound Muenster cheese, shredded

Instructions

In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat then sprinkle 3 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon of flour. Whisk the ingredients for 3 to 4 minutes or until smooth and thick. Pour the cold milk into the mixture gradually, whisking constantly until the ingredients are incorporated well. Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes but continue stirring.

Add the paprika, ground chipotle, ancho chili powder, cayenne pepper, and salt, stir well then reduce the heat to low. Then, add a handful of the sharp Cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and Muenster cheese at a time while stirring constantly. Once all the cheeses are added to the mixture, stir the sauce until smooth. Season with salt to taste, leave to cool down then serve!

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How to Freeze Nacho Cheese Sauce?

As you can see, nacho cheese contains different cheeses so you are running the risk of separation between the ingredients if you froze the sauce improperly. Good thing prepping the cheese sauce for freezing is easy!

Freezing Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce

If you intend to make the cheese sauce in advance for freezing, leave the sauce to cool completely first. Once the sauce has cooled down completely, transfer the sauce in an airtight container. You can either use a rigid plastic container with an airtight lid or a resealable plastic bag. When pouring the sauce, leave about an inch of space or two. This way, the sauce could expand without leaking. Seal the container then wrap in another resealable plastic bag. Write the storage date then stick the sauce in the freezer.

Freezing Store-Bought Nacho Cheese Sauce

Store-bought nacho cheese sauce is often sold in sealed glass bottles so you have to transfer the product in a freezer-safe container prior to freezing. Spoon the product into a resealable plastic bag or a plastic container with an airtight lid. Do not fill the container completely, leave about an inch or two of space. Seal the container then wrap in another resealable plastic bag. Write the storage date then stick the sauce in the freezer.

Freezing Tips

Freezing is a great way to preserve cheese sauce but to retain the quality of the sauce, consider these tips:

Store at a Steady 0 degrees

Generally, dairy products are tricky to freeze because you run the risk of altering the taste or consistency of the product. The cheese sauce is no different. To extend the shelf life of the nacho cheese sauce in the freezer, keep the temperature at a steady 0 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature inhibits bacterial growth that could otherwise cause the product to go bad. The steady temperature also protects the cheese sauce from contamination.

Divide into Serving Portions

Defrosting a massive slab of nacho cheese sauce can be impractical unless you’re throwing a huge party. To save yourself the hassle, divide the cheese sauce into serving portions prior to freezing. There are many ways to do this but our favorite involves using ice cube trays.

Just scoop the product into your desired container and freeze the cheese sauce for two hours or more. Once the cheese is frozen solid, pop the cheese sauce squares out and place them in a resealable plastic bag. Bring the bag of frozen cheese sauce squares back in the freezer. Just pop a couple in the microwave when you’re ready to serve!

Use Pasteurized Milk

When making nacho cheese sauce at home, do not use powdered milk or ordinary milk. These milk products may turn rancid much more quickly. Defrosting the cheese sauce with ordinary milk or powdered milk increases the risk of cross-contamination too. If you’re making a large batch of nacho cheese sauce, use pasteurized milk. Pasteurized milk is free from contaminants that could either shorten the shelf life of the sauce or cause sickness.

Double Bag

It’s best to use a double bag to store the cheese sauce to prevent freezer burns. Using two freezer-safe bags prevents leakage too.

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Shelf Life, Thawing and Reheating Suggestions

Homemade nacho cheese sauce should keep in the freezer for six months or more if the temperature is kept at a steady 0 degrees Fahrenheit. On the other hand, store-bought nacho cheese sauce will keep beyond the six-month mark. However, we recommend consuming the sauce as soon as possible. Regardless if you are using homemade or store-bought sauce, the quality of the product will degrade the longer it is kept in the freezer.

To thaw the frozen cheese sauce, transfer the product to the fridge and leave to defrost overnight. Once the cheese sauce thaws, the milk fats might clump together, leading to a clumpy, watery consistency. Give the sauce a quick mix to incorporate the ingredients together. To reheat, pop a portion of the sauce in the microwave then nuke for a minute or more. You can also simmer the cheese sauce over low heat then serve.

Summary

Can you freeze nacho cheese sauce? As you can see, making, freezing, and defrosting nacho cheese sauce can be done easily! With these tips, you can freeze a large batch of cheese sauce and store the rest for future snacking!

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Can You Freeze Kefir?

Kefir is a popular health drink made from kefir grains. This fermented drink is similar in taste to yogurt and it contains millions of bacterial culture that aid in digestion and promotes immunity.

If you love stocking up on this yummy drink, we’re happy to report that you can freeze kefir and enjoy it anytime! The good bacteria in kefir will stay dormant when frozen so freezing it will not affect the quality of the drink at all.

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Once thawed, the bacterial culture will come to life! As with any type of dairy product, the fats in kefir may cause splitting after thawing but there is a way to achieve its original consistency after defrosting. When frozen, kefir will keep up to 3 months.

How to Freeze Kefir?

The proper way to freeze kefir is to transfer the drink to an airtight container. Pour the product into a freezer bag or a rigid plastic container, leaving about 1 ½ inch of space to allow the liquid to expand as it freezes. You want to remove as much air as you could to maintain freshness. After packing the drink, get a marker and label each one with the expiration date.

Lay the container on the coldest spot in the freezer, which is near the wall. Putting the product in the coldest spot in the freezer hastens the freezing process, preventing vapor or moisture damage.

How to Defrost Frozen Kefir?

The best way to defrost frozen kefir is to transfer the container from the freezer to the fridge and leaving it to defrost on its own for 24 hours. Of course, the thawing time will depend on the container you used. Solid blocks of frozen kefir will take more time to defrost!

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If the drink started splitting after defrosting, get a spoon and give the drink a good stir. If you transferred the drink in a covered tumbler, give the tumbler a good shake!

Summary

If you have a large jug of kefir and you plan to consume one serving at a time, we recommend transferring the drink in smaller packaging before freezing. This way, you don’t have to thaw the entire container for a single serving of kefir. As with any dairy product, thawed kefir should not be defrosted a second time. It’s best consumed after it’s been thawed.

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Can You Freeze Half-and-Half?

Can you freeze half and half? Yes, despite what others say, it’s possible to freeze half and half and other dairy products! That said, cream-based food items are tricky to freeze. The thinner consistency of half and half means it is prone to breaking or splitting once it is defrosted, giving the thawed half and half a curdled appearance.

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Although thawed half and half is safe to eat, it’s better used in cooking and baking rather than mixing with coffee. That said, we know a trick that could help retain the original consistency of thawed half and half. When stored in the freezer properly, half and half can keep for up to 3 months. Below is the guide on how to freeze half and half

How to Freeze Half and Half?

Freezing Unopened Half and Half

The best way to freeze half and half is to chuck it in the freezer unopened and in its original packaging. Because it’s unopened, the product is not exposed to oxygen so once thawed, the half and half won’t split.

Freezing Leftover Half and Half

If say, you are freezing leftover half and half, we recommend transferring the product into a  clean plastic jug with an airtight lid. Just pour the liquid into the jug, making sure you leave an inch of space to allow half and half to expand in the freezer.

Freezing Small Servings of Half and Half

If you’d like to freeze half and half in smaller servings, you can. Get several ice cube trays and start pouring the liquid gently to fill each tray. An ice cube of half and half is equal to 2 tablespoons. Stick the ice trays in the freezer and just pop a couple of cubed half and half whenever!

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How to Defrost Frozen Half and Half?

The best way to defrost frozen half and half is to transfer the frozen product from the freezer to the fridge. Leave the frozen half and half to thaw for several hours. Once thawed, it’s normal for dairy to split because the butterfat has clumped.

To restore its original consistency, get a whisk and start whisking the half and half away until all ingredients are incorporated nicely. After whisking the thawed half and half, it is now ready to use in your coffee, or in baking or cooking!

Summary

Just like any type of dairy-based foods, it’s not a good idea to re-freeze thawed half and half. If you are planning to use up your stock gradually, then consider freezing the half and half in smaller servings.

This way, you don’t have to defrost the whole jug just to get several spoonfuls of the product. Now that you know how to freeze half and half properly, you can keep leftover product in the freezer for future use!

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Can You Freeze Cream Cheese?

Can you freeze cream cheese? Everyone knows it tastes best when it’s fresh. While many people use it often, many ask if it is okay to freeze it.

 

Cream cheese is a delicious cheese that is soft in texture and has a high-fat content along with a mild taste. The cheese is most useful as a spread on top of bagels, crackers and vegetable sticks. Others use it for making creamy sauces for pasta dishes. Or for making creamy frostings that top cupcakes and cinnamon rolls. As you can tell, those popular uses won’t be that good with frozen and thawed cream cheese.

Freezing cream cheese changes its texture significantly. The texture becomes crumbly. In most dishes, crumbly cream cheese is a no go. But if you plan to use it for baking goods, the altered texture is not a big deal because you cannot notice it. With that said you could stock up on cream cheese when it is on sale and freeze it if you plan to use it for baking goods only.

Otherwise, cream cheese is best, as it is fresh out of the package and not frozen. You can keep it stored in your refrigerator safely for about a month without it spoiling. So the freezing method should only be used if you do not plan to use the cream cheese up within that time. Below is a guide on how can you freeze cream cheese:

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How to Freeze Cream Cheese?

Freezing Unopened Cream Cheese

If you do decide to freeze cream cheese, it is best to freeze it once you buy. Leave it in its original packaging, but place the entire package into a freezer bag and freeze it that way. This prevents any frost burn from occurring on it.

You can keep cream cheese frozen this way for up to 6 months, but storing it any longer than that is not a good idea.

Freezing Leftover Cream Cheese

If say, you have leftover cream cheese that’s nearing its expiry date, you can use its original packaging or transfer the product to an airtight container prior to freezing.

If you’re using the original packaging, wrap the product well to seal it. Then, place the product in a resealable plastic bag. The extra layer of protection will prevent frost from seeping into the cream cheese. Squeeze out the air as you seal the plastic bag. Write the storage date then stick in the freezer.

On the other hand, if you’d like to transfer the leftover cream cheese in an airtight container, do so using a spoon. Carefully spoon in the product into the container, filling it halfway through. Cover with cling wrap before sealing with the lid. Write the storage date then stick in the freezer.

How to Defrost Frozen Cream Cheese?

To thaw it, remove it from the freezer the day before and allow it to defrost in the refrigerator overnight. After, you can use the cheese for whatever recipe you decide to use it in, but keep in mind it will not make good creamy sauces or spreads.

During the freezing and defrosting process, your cream cheese will become dried out and crumbly in texture and even a bit watery. The cheese though will still keep its mild-tasting cheesy flavor.

Summary

When it comes to freezing cream cheese it should only be considered if you cannot use it within a month or only plan to use it in baked goods. Otherwise, buy it from the store on sale in bulk and just leave it in your refrigerator this way.

Now that you know how to freeze cream cheese properly, the product will keep fresh for a while and hold its true creamy texture for months.

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Can You Freeze Feta Cheese?

Can you freeze feta cheese for later? You can freeze feta cheese to help preserve it a bit longer than in the fridge if you know how to do it properly. This article will teach you how to do it.

Freezing should only be considered when you have a large quality of feta cheese that you cannot use up before the expiration date. Otherwise, it should remain the refrigerator where it will hold its true feta flavor along with its pleasant crumbly texture that makes it so delicious tasting.

Feta cheese stored in its brine can last in the refrigerator for up to 3-months, which should give you plenty of time to use it up before the expiration date.

However, feta cheese drained from its brine will only last a few weeks before it spoils and becomes mushy and sour tasting. If feta cheese becomes mushy and sour tasting, it should be tossed out to prevent food poisoning.

How to Freeze Feta Cheese?

The proper way to freeze feta cheese is to strain the brined water from it so you end up with just a block of feta cheese.

Next, you pat the cheese dry with a paper towel, place the block into a freezer bag, and store it away in the freezer. You should always use frozen feta cheese up within 3-months because the texture and flavor will change to a sourer flavor.

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How to Defrost Frozen Feta Cheese?

When it comes to thawing frozen feta cheese, do it slowly so the cheese won’t turn soggy or mushy. When you are ready to use your feta cheese, remove it from the freezer and allow it to defrost in the refrigerator for at least 12-hours.

Feta cheese previously frozen tastes best when you use it in burgers, sauces, casserole dishes and mixed in with warm pasta. This is because the feta will be slightly damper in texture than usual, which makes it difficult to crumble in large chunks over fresh Greek leafy green salads or other cool vegetable dishes.

In addition, it will not have the same rich cheesy flavor as fresh or refrigerator stored feta cheese.

Summary

Now that you know how can you freeze feta cheese properly, you can go ahead and do it if you have a large amount that will not be used up by the expiration date.

Of course, it is best too just keep your extra bit of feta cheese in the refrigerator so it remains in its true tasty form that tastes delightful crumbled over fresh leafy green salads, black olives dishes, Greek pizzas and all kinds of pasta dishes.

Heck, you can even enjoy this cheese, as is when it is fresh and not previously frozen. You might even find it delightful when it is at room temperature for spreading on crackers, toast, or biscuits. Still, if you left with no choice, it is better to freeze feta cheese than leaving it to spoil.