Buying cheese slices is a great way to save yourself some time, as they make the ideal ingredient for grilled cheese in the morning or tasty sandwiches to drop into your kids’ packed lunch boxes. But what’s the best way to store them?
Can You Freeze Cheese Slices?
Yes, you can freeze cheese slices for up to 3 months. If you have purchased cheese slices from the supermarket and they come wrapped, you can simply place them directly in the freezer.
Do Cheese Slices Freeze Well? Sometimes
Can You Refreeze Cheese Slices? No
How to Freeze Cheese Slices
Thankfully, freezing cheese slices is super simple. If you have bought pre-packaged cheese slices from the supermarket and they come individually wrapped, you can drop them directly in the freezer; job done!
However, if they’re not individually wrapped, or indeed you’re freezing cheese that you have sliced yourself, you will need to prepare them properly for the freezer so they don’t stick together or suffer from freezer burn.
Below are the steps you need to follow to freeze cheese slices successfully:
- Slice: If you have a block of cheese that you’re freezing, the first step is to cut the cheese up into the desired slices! Of course, if your cheese is already sliced, you can skip this step.
- Stack: Lay a cutting of tin foil out on the countertop. Then, place your first slice of cheese on top, followed by a cutting of baking parchment. Continue this process until your cheese slices are stacked on top of one another, with a piece of parchment between each slice.
- Wrap: Using the tin foil that you placed your stack on top of, wrap your cheese slices tightly so no air can get into the cheese. Then place the wrapped cheese in a suitably sized container and seal.
- Label and Freeze: Write today’s date, as well as the use-by date on the top of the box, and place your cheese slices in the freezer.
3 Tips for Freezing Cheese Slices
Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing cheese slices to have the best results:
If you don’t want to stack your cheese slices individually with baking parchment between, you could flash freeze them on a tray before placing them in a freezer-safe bag. While this should work, there’s still a slight risk that they will stick together, so it’s best to stack them individually as described.
Opt for Hard Cheese
Hard cheeses freeze much better than soft cheeses due to the water content of each. As such, whether you’re planning to use pre-bought slices or are cutting your own cheese for the freezer, opt for a hard cheese like cheddar as it will store better.
Only Freeze Once
You should only freeze cheese slices once. Refreezing can cause your cheese to spoil and affect its texture, so be mindful of this when you come to defrost the cheese slices that you need at any given time.
How Long Can You Freeze Cheese Slices?
You can freeze cheese slices for around three months. When they’re wrapped tightly and stored in the fridge, cheese slices should be good for several weeks before you need to think about freezing them, but you should always check the use-by date.
Some people keep cheese slices in the freezer for up to a year before using them, but we’d recommend using them within three months, so they still taste great when it’s time to line them up on your sandwiches!
Once the packet has been opened, cheese slices can dry out and become brittle so will last for between 5 and 7 days in the fridge.
How Do You Defrost Cheese Slices?
To defrost cheese slices, remove them from the freezer and place them in the fridge. You don’t need to unwrap them as they will thaw as they are.
It typically takes 6+ hours for cheese slices to thaw thoroughly, so you should plan ahead. You shouldn’t defrost cheese slices in the microwave or at room temperature.
Can You Refreeze Cheese Slices?
No, you should only freeze cheese slices once.
While it’s not necessarily dangerous to refreeze cheese slices (providing they have been safely stored and thawed in the fridge), doing so will likely lead to disappointing results and should be avoided if you want to enjoy cheese slices that still taste great!
Because you will have frozen your slices between pieces of baking parchment, you can easily remove individual slices as and when you need them, reducing the need to freeze them more than once.
Do Cheese Slices Freeze Well?
Providing you take the time to separate your cheese slices with a layer of baking parchment, you will find that they freeze really well. This is a super important step to prevent your slices from sticking together in the freezer.
Other than that, just make sure your cheese slices are tightly wrapped, and you shouldn’t have any issues when you come to defrost and enjoy them.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing cheese slices or cheese in general, then these may help:
If you’ve bought those cheese slices for burgers that come individually wrapped in plastic then you can extend their life by freezing them. Just toss them into the freezer in their individual wrappers.
Yes, cheddar cheese slices can be frozen with ease. Fortunately because of the fat content in cheddar, and the fact that it is a hard cheese, it freezes well. Just make sure each slice is well wrapped.
Of course! If you have bought burger cheese from the supermarket and it comes in those little plastic film packets then these can be placed straight into the freezer. They do tend to have quite a long life in the fridge, however.