Feta cheese makes me think of Greek salad and pasta dishes. I love feta cheese but find I do not go through enough of it to justify buying it often, and it’s not exactly the cheapest cheese in the store. So that’s why I bet you’re asking yourself “can you freeze feta cheese?” This would be a lot more economical, rather than having to throw away any unused portions.
Can You Freeze Feta Cheese?
Well, I discovered that feta freezes quite well; especially if you intend to crumble it on salads or on other cooked dishes. After freezing it, the consistency of the cheese will be different. Feta will crumble a lot more easily so it is not really suited for serving sliced.
How to Freeze Feta Cheese
- To freeze feta you should take it out of the water or brine that is has been packaged in and pat it dry with a paper towel. It may be a good idea to freeze it in portions you intend to use at one time as once you thaw it, you should not freeze it again.
- Wrap each block of cheese in plastic wrap (double wrapping will help to prevent freezer burn) and put them into a freezer bag. Remove the air from the bag. Label and date the bag so you know when you froze it. It is best to use it within a couple of months as that is when it will still have optimum taste.
How to Thaw Feta Cheese
To thaw the cheese just take the portions you would like and place them in the fridge without unwrapping them. If you unwrap them the cheese is liable to dry out. Once the cheese thaws you can taste it to see if the full flavor is there. If you find it has lost some flavor you can put the feta in a brine of salt and water for a few hours and it will taste fresh! You can keep it in the brine until you are ready to use it but once it is thawed you should use it within a few days.