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Nov 3, 2010 12:50 PM

Frozen Cheese, If You Please

OK, about 4-6 weeks ago, I froze a block of gouda, a block of smoked gouda, and a block of "Old English Beer Cheese" because they were all expiring and I didn't know what to do with them.

I have never frozen cheese before. Is this something I can thaw and it taste alright - or - can I cook with these blocks of cheese? I believe one is close to 1 pound and the other two are roughly 1/2 pound each.

If there are recipes I can use with this, I'd love any and all feedback!

Thank you in advance!

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  1. Cheese will change texture when thawed. You will be able to use it in cooking, like for a sauce or something but not for a cheese tray.

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    1. re: C. Hamster

      Ditto, and the change in texture usually means that the cheese will become crumbly, good for cooking.

      I sometimes shred cheese and freeze it, although it's not often I have expiring cheese (which is an odd thought, cheese is an generally an aged food product, unless it's a fresh cheese, and it doesn't expire, as in spoil; those package dates are "sell by" rather than "use by".) Any gathering mold I I just trim away.

    2. Smoked gouda is my favorite cheese; I buy a whole stick of it from a food supplier and freeze 2/3 of of in 1/2 pound & pound packages. One recipe I make that everyone loves is bacon & smoked gouda wrapped shrimp. Three easy ingredients. Try smoked gouda in mac & cheese

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      1. re: Cherylptw

        "bacon & smoked gouda wrapped shrimp." Cheryl, I could probably figure it out but please tell me how you do it. TIA.