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  • Ted_Hutchinson
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    • 20th Jul 05, 10:28 AM
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    • 20th Jul 05, 10:28 AM
    YES but don't expect it to be as good when defrosted. It tastes fine (provinding it's not left in too long) but the texture may be a bit crumbly when defrosted.
    So if it's cheap enough to buy for grating and cooking I'd get some.

    I usually grate mine in 4oz or 8oz bags for using in cheese sauce, cauliflower cheese etc more or less straight from the freezer.
    • culpepper
    • By culpepper 20th Jul 05, 10:32 AM
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    • 20th Jul 05, 10:32 AM
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    When we first went to Costco I bought a huge lump of cheese and cut it into slabs and froze it.
    Later I discovered ,if I wrapped the whole block in clingfilm and kept it in the fridge,it would just keep anyway.So long as it is cool and no air can get to it,it seems to be fine.
    • Glad
    • By Glad 20th Jul 05, 10:38 AM
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    • 20th Jul 05, 10:38 AM
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    I've also frozen cheese from costco
    I find it best wrapped in foil and then placed in a freezer bag
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  • Squidgy
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    • 20th Jul 05, 11:26 AM
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    • 20th Jul 05, 11:26 AM
    I never have any problems freezing cheese. I often buy double the quantity I need, get them to cut it in half and wrap it seperatly at the deli then just chuck it in the freezer.
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    • pol
    • By pol 20th Jul 05, 12:35 PM
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    • 20th Jul 05, 12:35 PM
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    • 20th Jul 05, 12:35 PM
    I always keep grated cheese in the freezer. I usually buy a big block when it's on offer, grate it and keep it in a bag. Just remember to shake a couple of times during freezing to stop it sticking together.

    I just take out a handful when I make quiche or cheese pie, it's great for a quick cheese on toast too or topping pasta. I do find that the the harder cheeses freeze best though (red leicester, cheddar, double gloucester).

    pol
  • trafalgar
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    • 20th Jul 05, 12:43 PM
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    • 20th Jul 05, 12:43 PM
    You can freeze almost any cheese for up to three months but as Ted said it does alter the texture..................but don't freeze cottage cheese
    • sooz
    • By sooz 20th Jul 05, 1:01 PM
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    • 20th Jul 05, 1:01 PM
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    • 20th Jul 05, 1:01 PM
    I always keep grated cheese in the freezer. I usually buy a big block when it's on offer, grate it and keep it in a bag. Just remember to shake a couple of times during freezing to stop it sticking together.

    I just take out a handful when I make quiche or cheese pie, it's great for a quick cheese on toast too or topping pasta. I do find that the the harder cheeses freeze best though (red leicester, cheddar, double gloucester).

    pol
    by pol
    me too. also find it really handy to add some grated, still frozen, cheese to my son's hot food....extra dairy/calcium, and it cools down his shepherds pie, pasta, etc faster.
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 20th Jul 05, 1:21 PM
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    • 20th Jul 05, 1:21 PM
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    • 20th Jul 05, 1:21 PM
    A bit of grated cheese added to a hot chilli takes the edge off the spices too. In fact any dairy product does.
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  • SomersetPrincess
    Just my vote for freezing cheese too - I stock up when I do a monthly shop, lop it up into chunks and freeze it. It does become a bit crumbly but we still use it in sandwiches.
    Kirsty, Taunton, xxx
  • greenlogo
    I don't know if it's true or not, but I was always told that you needed to grate cheese for it to freeze evenly due to the high fat content?
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    • JoBatch80
    • By JoBatch80 20th Jul 05, 3:03 PM
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    I once accidentally froze those processed cheese slice things (I hate them = boyf has them on home made burgers) and when I realised, I pulled them out. They seemed fine (but would probably survive a nuclear fallout anyway )

    Jo xx
  • Ted_Hutchinson
    A bit of grated cheese added to a hot chilli takes the edge off the spices too. In fact any dairy product does.
    by squeaky
    I think that is why a lot of curries have yoghurt added. If you've made your curry a bit too hot then stir in some yoghurt.
    • r.mac
    • By r.mac 20th Jul 05, 3:57 PM
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    I freeze cheese - today's experiment is defrosting some dolcelatte.

    Will report back!
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  • trafalgar
    I don't know if it's true or not, but I was always told that you needed to grate cheese for it to freeze evenly due to the high fat content?
    by greenlogo
    never heard that one but it is better grated as it's more crumbly when defrosted ,therefore harder to grate as such.........so better done before hand
  • Turning_into_scrooge
    I have always frozen cheese grated or still in the block. Never had a problem with it. One thing though don't try and defrost it in the microwave let it defrost on its own in the fridge, for health/safety reasons
    • megsykins
    • By megsykins 21st Jul 05, 2:53 AM
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    Just a tip, (particularly for ppl dieting - although you prbably already know this).

    Take an extra few minutes grating and bagging your cheese and bag it in portions. (E.G SW Healthy B portion is 1oz, so weigh out 1oz and bag it) then you know exactly how much you're having :-) I also do this with cheese just kept normally in fridge cos it makes life a bit easier.
    • r.mac
    • By r.mac 21st Jul 05, 8:42 AM
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    I promised to report back, so here we go.

    It is official - Dolcelatte freezes and defrosts really well.

    I used it in risotto last night and it was perfect. :
    r.mac, you are so wise and wonderful, that post was lovely and so insightful!
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  • ET03
    thanks folks
    will buy some next time on offer and try
    • calleyw
    • By calleyw 21st Jul 05, 9:04 AM
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    We have been freezing cheese for ages as I don't like it and my mum can get huge blocks off the market for about 2.

    He cuts it up then wraps it in greaseproof and in to a tupperware container. That way he can pull exactly what he wants.

    Other wise it just crumbles when you try and cut. And makes a mess everywhere.

    Yours

    Calley
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