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Jul 17, 2012 07:30 AM

Freezing Pesto with Cheese

I have read pro and con about adding cheese to pesto being frozen. I am going to freeze it in small portions and it would be easier to add the cheese now I think, but would like your opinions please.

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  1. Whether or not you should freeze cheese depends largely on the type of cheese involved. Cheeses like Mozzarella, Cheddar, Swiss, Parmesan freeze fairly well while Ricotta and cottage or cream cheeses do not.

    1. I have nearly a quart's worth of pesto with parmesan frozen into cubes that defrost beautifully.

      1. I freeze my pesto with the parmesan in it all the time and it never seems to suffer when thawed.

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        1. The drier a cheese is, eg: parmigiano reggiano, the better it freezes.

          1. I always freeze basil, nuts, and olive oil alone, then "freshen" with cheese and garlic at the defrost and use end.