Mozzarella cheese is just a universally beloved cheese. It’s mild flavor and creamy texture make it delicious on it’s own or used in a variety of dishes. One of my favorite summer meal items is a caprese salad. Whether serving as an appetizer for entertaining or using as a main course on a warm lazy summer evening, Mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh herbs are just simply delicious.
Year round I love family pizza night. When the nights are short and the school work is long nothing beats a family pizza night. I have an extremely picky family with tastes as diverse as possible, so my positive spin is to do “make-your-own-pizza” night. This requires prepping the pizza crust and having a variety of toppings on hand and ready to go that I know all of my family will love. It can seem like this would take a lot of time and effort but a little prep work and utilizing my freezer gets this meal ready in a snap.
Can You Freeze Mozzarella Cheese?
Thankfully, having an ample supply of mozzarella cheese on hand and ready to go for my caprese salad or family pizza night without a run to the supermarket is a simple as opening up my freezer. Freezing mozzerlla cheese is a great way to keep that yummy cheese on hand for any number of uses. I even shred the mozzarella cheese first before putting it into freezer bags. I portion it out so that one bag of cheese will cover one individual pizza. That way if one of the kids has a friend over we can pull out an extra bag!
How To Freeze Mozzarella Cheese
You can freeze a whole block of mozzarella cheese but keep in mind that once thawed, the cheese will become more crumbly and it not great for slicing. You can freeze it in small chunks so that you can pull out one portion at a time but I prefer to grate mine before freezing and use it for pizza nights, lasagna, and other dishes that call for shredded mozzarella cheese.
To freeze mozzarella cheese:
- Simply grate the cheese and place it into a strong freezer bag.
- If you like, you can add a little bit of corn starch to the grated cheese to prevent it from sticking together. This is not a deal breaker, so if you don’t have corn starch on hand you can still freeze the mozzarella cheese.
- Make sure to squeeze all of the air out of the bag as air will cause freezer burn.
Because I like to do individual portions I usually portion the shredded cheese out into freezer safe sandwich bags. Squeeze all of the air out of the sandwich bag and then you can place several of the sandwich bags into one big freezer bag.
Another option is to wrap your cheese portions in foil or plastic wrap but for shredded cheese, I find sandwich bags to be the easiest.
How To Thaw Mozzarella Cheese
You can pull out the bags and thaw them in your fridge over night for pizza night but if you forget, you can also use it from frozen. I just take the bag and roll it around in my hands a bit to break the grated cheese apart and top the pizzas with it!