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scunge Apr 10, 2014 09:46 AM

How would freezing both blue and brie cheeses?I would use both later for salad dressing and the brie melted.

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  1. chefj RE: scunge Apr 10, 2014 01:30 PM

    Here are a bunch of past threads on this subject. Perhaps they contain your answer
    http://www.chow.com/search?q=Freezing...

    1. ChefJune RE: scunge Apr 10, 2014 02:02 PM

      I'm curious why you want to freeze these cheeses. Cheese keeps very well without freezing, and the texture is always compromised.

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        scunge RE: ChefJune Apr 10, 2014 02:28 PM

        Well frankly I'm worried about spoilage and have eaten my fill..........for the time being .They are approximately two weeks past the sale date but quite fresh still.

      2. Delucacheesemonger RE: scunge Apr 10, 2014 11:04 PM

        l buy/use my cheeses far after the sale date as that is when they are generally ripe. Here in France other than industrial cheeses, there are no dates and that is fine for the French and me.
        When you freeze a cheese it changes. Only one with little moisture, as Parmigiano Reggiano and very old Goudas can be successfully frozen.
        To keep longer have the product vacuum packed by your local cheese shop, or if this happens with some frequency, get a home sealer.
        l have cheese vacuumed sealed in my fridge that have been there for 6 years and they are just fine and aging very slowly.

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          ChefJune RE: Delucacheesemonger Apr 11, 2014 08:45 AM

          wish I could keep some of mine that long. Still longing for that 3-year-old Comte....

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            grayelf RE: Delucacheesemonger Apr 24, 2014 11:18 AM

            Deluca, I'm very interested in your vacuum sealing thoughts as I admire your posts and obvious knowledge. A local monger who has been inducted into both the Confrérie des Chevaliers des Fromages de France and the Guilde des Fromagers Confrerie du Saint-Uguzon, among other stuff, once told me that she is opposed to vacuum sealing precisely because it inhibits the maturation process, essentially "killing" the cheese. I'm not trying to be provocative, merely intrigued to hear more on this, if you'd care to say more. Cheers!

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              Delucacheesemonger RE: grayelf Apr 24, 2014 01:18 PM

              Thank you for your kind words.
              What you and she said is indeed true. What l vacuum are hunks of a kilogram or larger which allows the cheese to age without screwing up too much on the exterior. Gruyere for example when vacuumed and long-aged has its crust become softer and usable for fondue, lucky me.
              l have vacuumed smaller cheeses as an arome du gene, about 3-4 ounces from Renee Richard in Lyon and forgot about it for almost 2 years, when opened it turned from a dryish disk with the appropriate grape pips and skin to a luscious gooey round with same skins/pips, it was awesome and a lucky screwup.
              Again in my cheesefridge in states l have about 7 hunks, or total 15 pounds aging and working well.
              Would l do it with a gooey, as a couloummiers or even a munster no, but has worked well for a 4-6 months age with a reblochon. l do bring home vacherin mont d'or, vacuumed but they are vacuumed over the box and vacuumed only for the trip home.
              Remember you cannot normally age a chunk but only an entire cheese whether 8 oz or 80 pounds, so l do the best l can.
              Again YMMV.

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                grayelf RE: Delucacheesemonger Apr 25, 2014 08:54 PM

                Fantastic, thanks. I worked in a fine cheese shop a thousand or so years ago and do recall that full rounds would often arrive vacuum sealed. There is a shop in town that does smaller chunks this way and I guiltily purchase the odd piece there as "emergency cheese" to have at the ready when unexpected guests turn up. I haven't had any flameouts yet.

                Aspiring to the cheese fridge for myself, I am very jealous :-).

          2. ninrn RE: scunge Apr 10, 2014 11:25 PM

            I freeze cheese all the time, well-wrapped but not vacuum sealed. I have blocks of Tillamook cheddar in the freezer now that I probably won't eat until Fall. The texture changes a bit, but the flavor is retained very nicely and meltability stays pretty much the same. Best to double or triple wrap, and I'd suggest dividing it into small, one- or two-time-use portions before freezing, because once thawed you'll have to use it up quickly.

            1. carolinadawg RE: scunge Apr 11, 2014 09:00 AM

              I freeze blue cheese all the time, and can't notice any degradation at all. I freeze many types of cheeses all the time, although I've never frozen brie.

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                scunge RE: carolinadawg Apr 11, 2014 12:55 PM

                Thank you all I'll try a small batch for now.

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                  ShowUsYourRack RE: carolinadawg Apr 21, 2014 07:34 PM

                  I can't imagine having to freeze something that soft & then trying to bring it back to where it started without cooking &/or burning it. Damn, that would be a shame!

                2. ShowUsYourRack RE: scunge Apr 21, 2014 07:31 PM

                  Unless there is an incredible sale on your favorite type(s), I would just recommend getting it on the day that you'd have it. At least within a few weeks. If you didn't stick with having it soon, it would almost be like having frozen fried fish a month or more after preparation. It's just not the same!

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