Have you ever found yourself in the middle of the supermarket, surrounded by all these red tags that say your favorite cottage cheese are on sale?
You got so thrilled that you decided to hoard on this type of cheese. You don't need it yet, but after all, it is a great source of protein and other nutrients so you think it should always be available at home.
However, the moment that you got home, you found out that you already don't have enough space in your fridge.
You now then begin asking questions:
“Can you freeze cottage cheese?”
“How quickly will it expire?”
“Is it safe to eat the cottage cheese after keeping it in the freezer?”
Relax! Let’s check out the answers below.
Can You Freeze Cottage Cheese?
For everyone’s relief, yes it is possible to freeze cottage cheese. Though most people believe that you shouldn’t be freezing any dairy products, you can freeze cottage cheese as long as you are doing it the right way.
I know you might be scared to be freezing your cottage cheese since dairy products have the reputation of spoiling so quickly, but it is actually possible to keep them fresh even after freezing it.
I’ve done it every time I have half-full cottage cheese container, and I have no idea how I can use what’s left of my cottage cheese within the next couple of days.
So let’s find out below the best way to freeze your cottage cheese.
How to Freeze Cottage Cheese
Now that you know the answer to the question “Can you freeze cottage cheese?” it’s time that we learn how to do it the right way.
What You Will Need
2. Permanent Marker
This can be optional, but I recommend that you have one.
3. Resealable Freezer Bag
If you intend to be freezing your cottage cheese for more than three weeks, then you should have a resealable freezer bag.
This is very important as it will be able to protect the product from freezer burn which has always been the result of storing long-term.
Also, you have to make sure that your bag is big enough or the airtight container will be able to fit inside the bag. Its seal should be strong enough too to keep the air out of the bag as well as to control the formation of moisture on the bag’s inside.
Step by Step
Step 1: Mix Well The Cottage Cheese
During the freezing process, the milk fat has the tendency to separate, leaving the consistency of your cottage cheese different from what it is supposed to be. Stirring or mixing well the product will slow down this process.
Step 2: Then Place The Cottage Cheese In The Airtight Container
Close it properly and make sure that there are no any leaks in the lid. If you are planning to freeze the product for more than three weeks, place the airtight container inside the resealable freezer bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible.
In this way, you will be able to prevent ice crystals formation as well as avoid odour absorption of foods around your freezer.
Step 3: Using The Permanent Marker, Write Down The Date Of Sealing
This will serve as a reminder how long you have been freezing your cottage cheese. You can keep the cottage cheese in the freezer up to 3 months in this method.
Step 4: Thaw Your Frozen Cottage Cheese
I keep my cottage cheese in the refrigerator until it has been fully thawed. There may be liquid accumulated around the container after thawing, so make sure that you drain this liquid begin mixing the cottage cheese.
When you take out the cottage cheese out of the freezer, you might notice that the product has been hardened and has developed nodular texture. There will be watery liquid and even mould formation on its surface.
- Checkout these tips on how to preserve the texture of the cottage cheese:
1. Mix some sour cream. If you notice that your cottage cheese has dried a little bit after thawing, you can mix sour cream to the product in order to retain its moisture.
Don’t worry; the sour cream will not change the taste of your cheese. Just use at least one-half tablespoon of sour cream for every cup of cottage cheese.
2. Improve the taste of frozen cottage cheese. You can add some salt to your cottage cheese if you want to improve its taste. Just do the adding gradually and check out if the taste suits you. If you want to thicken the product, add some cornstarch into it.
Just a little reminder, you need to consume your thawed cheese within three to four days and it should not be refrozen.
Check out also if the cottage cheese has become yellow or taste and smell sour; if this happens, the product will no longer be safe to use.
So the next time you find yourself purchasing cottage cheese in bulk whenever its price has been marked down or when you have too many leftovers that you find yourself asking "can you freeze cottage cheese?.
Relax! Sit back on your chair; the answer will always be yes! You are rest assured that you can safely freeze your cottage cheese and use it up to three months.
Though frozen cottage cheese won’t be able to preserve its original texture, you can use it for cooking or baking. I love using cottage cheeses for some of my healthy recipes. I even use it my lasagna or baked mac and cheese.
So before freezing tons of cottage cheese, make sure to have a plan in mind first. What are you planning to use your frozen cheese?
Do you have something in mind already? Let me know by leaving some comments below. Don’t forget to share this article with your friends too. Help them not to miss out on longer-lasting cottage cheese.