Can mozzarella cheese be frozen?


Can mozzarella cheese be frozen? My favorite brand comes in two pound loaves and is far too big to be used in a few days. I'd like to cut it up into smaller pieces and freeze them. Will the cheese be ok when it thaws?

Adam Thompson
posted almost 3 years ago

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Mozzarella can be frozen. Some commercial products like italian bufalo mozzarella are sliced and frozen at the plant. We use a fresh mozzarella loaf by the Aiello Brothers in NY that has a 3 week shelf life, so we freeze it and are able to defrost and use without issue. What is the brand and shelf-life on the cheese you are using?

herb brosowsky
posted almost 3 years ago

Right now, I buy the Precious (Galbani) brand at Costco in 2 pound loaves. But, I'd like to start buying 5lb loaves of cheese like Grande.

- Adam   almost 3 years ago


Cheese is a living product then you freeze it, it breaks the cell and will change some of it's character. Cheeses with higher moisture it effects more than low moisture such as cheddar vs.fresh mozzarella. There are IQF (Individually Quick Frozen) cheeses available but that is a completely different process then a slow freeze in your refrigerator.

Nanette Lund
posted almost 3 years ago


Add-on to the last comment. The best way to store your extra cheese is to vacuum-pak it and store it in the refrigerator. By sucking out the air (oxygen), this will put the cheese to sleep. It will age very slowly and inhibit mold growth. Call it the sleeping beauty method.

Nanette Lund
posted almost 3 years ago


I am a home baker and have been purchasing 5 lb loaves for about 2 years now and freezing. I slice them into 1 lb slices leaving as much original plastic on them as possible, especially the end pieces. I double wrap them in cling wrap, then into freezer bags. I defrost them in the refrigerator, then shred. I often add about 20% of fresh white cheddar in when shredding.

Dave E.
posted over 2 years ago


Dave, how long do you freeze it? Any failures?

Joe O.
posted almost 2 years ago


Joe, this week I thawed, in the refrigerator, a block of Sorrento Mozzarella that was three months old. I actually thought the taste was a bit better than a fresh block! It was wrapped a few times in shrink wrap and then vacuum sealed. So far I have had no freezer burn, or other "failures." I do not like the texture if defrosted in a room temperature environment. I see almost nil change in temperature if defrosted in the fridge.

Dave E.
posted almost 2 years ago


Thanks for the info, Dave. I am going to order a 5 pound Grande from Penn Mac. I don't have the suction machine, so I will only do the cutting and wrapping with cling wrap. I should use it up within two months. I think that will be OK?
I have to defrost my homemade dough a day ahead of time in the fridge anyway, so will the cheese be defrosted within 24 hours?

Joe O.
posted almost 2 years ago


Yes, mine defrosts overnight in the fridge. Be sure to put the cling wrapped chunks in a heavy zip lock bag and try to remove as much air as possible. It should work well!

Dave E.
posted almost 2 years ago


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