I love baked brie with various toppings but brie can be expensive to buy at the supermarket. I like to watch for sales and buy a wheel or two when the price is low. I can then freeze it until I am ready to use it.
Can You Freeze Brie Cheese?
Soft cheeses, like brie, are harder to freeze than a hard cheese. It will not look or taste quite the same once you have frozen it so it will not be good to serve at a wine a cheese party though it is still edible. Soft cheese has a high water content so when it freezes, it expands and then when you thaw it, it contracts again. This will change the consistency of the cheese.
How To Freeze Brie
For the best results, freeze brie in small portion sizes. You can’t refreeze cheese once it is thawed so you do not want to have to thaw a whole brie wheel if you will not use it all.
Before freezing, portion out the cheese and double wrap it in plastic so that it will not be exposed to air. This will protect your cheese from freezer burn. Place the wrapped portions into a freezer bag and squish out all the excess air. Seal your bag and then label and date it.
You should use the frozen brie within 2-3 months for best quality. It can safely be stored for up to six months.
You will want to thaw the brie in the fridge so it will retain as much of its original texture and shape as possible. Allowing it to thaw in the fridge for 24 hours will help to reduce the amount of condensation that will form on the cheese. Remove it from the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature before you serve it. It is best to use it within a day or two of thawing.