Can you freeze cheese?

Do you remember the scene in Albert Brook’s Mother when Debbie Reynolds pulls out a huge block of frozen cheese she has been saving for years to make him a sandwich?

I remember watching that wondering who in the hell would freeze cheese except jewish mothers.  Wait a minute, I’m jewish and a mother…

Frozen cheese doesn’t really do it for me, but in these rough economic times who am I to throw away anything? I usually call my mother-in-law for questions like this but she was playing tennis so I checked on the next best source for food storage rules, Stilltasty.com.

According to stilltasty.com it seems that cheddar cheese can stay in the fridge up to 6 months and last in the freezer 6-8 months, while blue cheese stays 1 week in the fridge and 3 months in the freezer.

The best cheeses to freeze are Camembert, Cheddar, Edam, Mozzarella, Muenster, Parmesan, Romano, Provolone and Swiss.  Cut into blocks or grate it and wrap it in foil or plastic wrap and don’t forget to put them in freezer bags.

Don’t bother freezing softer cheeses like cream cheese, cottage cheese and ricotta.

Now you know.

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