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  1. #1
    Omelet Guest

    Default Freezing Cheese and Sisterly advice...

    For many years, I've frozen cheese, and then only used said frozen
    cheese for cooking as it always turned out crumbly on thawing.

    But, I always thawed it at room temp.

    Sis' told me a few months ago to try thawing cheese under refrigeration
    for better results and to NOT TOUCH IT until it was completely thawed.

    Dad bought 1 each hyooge 2 lb. blocks of Mozarella and Monterey Jack a
    couple of months ago. I cut them into 3 chunks each and froze them as I
    knew I could not use them up in time to stop them from moulding.

    Sis' was right. I took a chunk of the cheeses out of the freezer as
    needed and put them in the door of the 'frige to thaw. The Mozarella
    came out perfect all three times (sliced without crumbling) and the Jack
    was much improved. Only slightly crumbly, and perfect if I used a
    cheese wire instead of a knife.

    YMMV, I've not tried this cheddar or colby jack.

    I don't purchase other cheeses in bulk frequently enough to vouch for
    any of the more expensive ones... These are just the two I use with the
    most frequency.
    --
    Peace! Om

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    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
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  2. #2
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: Freezing Cheese and Sisterly advice...

    Omelet wrote:
    > For many years, I've frozen cheese, and then only used said frozen
    > cheese for cooking as it always turned out crumbly on thawing.
    >
    > But, I always thawed it at room temp.
    >
    > Sis' told me a few months ago to try thawing cheese under refrigeration
    > for better results and to NOT TOUCH IT until it was completely thawed.
    >
    > Dad bought 1 each hyooge 2 lb. blocks of Mozarella and Monterey Jack a
    > couple of months ago. I cut them into 3 chunks each and froze them as I
    > knew I could not use them up in time to stop them from moulding.
    >
    > Sis' was right. I took a chunk of the cheeses out of the freezer as
    > needed and put them in the door of the 'frige to thaw. The Mozarella
    > came out perfect all three times (sliced without crumbling) and the Jack
    > was much improved. Only slightly crumbly, and perfect if I used a
    > cheese wire instead of a knife.
    >
    > YMMV, I've not tried this cheddar or colby jack.
    >
    > I don't purchase other cheeses in bulk frequently enough to vouch for
    > any of the more expensive ones... These are just the two I use with the
    > most frequency.

    When I used to buy the two to five lb blocks of cheese at Sam's Club I
    would cut them into one-lb blocks, vacuum seal each block in a bag and
    then just stick them in the back of the fridge. Never had one mold on me
    doing that.

    Before I got the vacuum sealer I used to do exactly what you're doing
    with all types of hard cheeses with no difficulty. Sometimes you can
    save a good bit of money buying in bulk.

  3. #3
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Freezing Cheese and Sisterly advice...

    In article <nG5Zl.10913$[email protected]>,
    George Shirley <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Omelet wrote:
    > > For many years, I've frozen cheese, and then only used said frozen
    > > cheese for cooking as it always turned out crumbly on thawing.
    > >
    > > But, I always thawed it at room temp.
    > >
    > > Sis' told me a few months ago to try thawing cheese under refrigeration
    > > for better results and to NOT TOUCH IT until it was completely thawed.
    > >
    > > Dad bought 1 each hyooge 2 lb. blocks of Mozarella and Monterey Jack a
    > > couple of months ago. I cut them into 3 chunks each and froze them as I
    > > knew I could not use them up in time to stop them from moulding.
    > >
    > > Sis' was right. I took a chunk of the cheeses out of the freezer as
    > > needed and put them in the door of the 'frige to thaw. The Mozarella
    > > came out perfect all three times (sliced without crumbling) and the Jack
    > > was much improved. Only slightly crumbly, and perfect if I used a
    > > cheese wire instead of a knife.
    > >
    > > YMMV, I've not tried this cheddar or colby jack.
    > >
    > > I don't purchase other cheeses in bulk frequently enough to vouch for
    > > any of the more expensive ones... These are just the two I use with the
    > > most frequency.

    >
    > When I used to buy the two to five lb blocks of cheese at Sam's Club I
    > would cut them into one-lb blocks, vacuum seal each block in a bag and
    > then just stick them in the back of the fridge. Never had one mold on me
    > doing that.
    >
    > Before I got the vacuum sealer I used to do exactly what you're doing
    > with all types of hard cheeses with no difficulty. Sometimes you can
    > save a good bit of money buying in bulk.


    Agreed on the money saving.

    I have a Tilia buried in the pantry somewhere. The cost of the bags is
    all that has stopped me from using it with more frequency.
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    Peace! Om

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
    -- Anon.

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  4. #4
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: Freezing Cheese and Sisterly advice...

    Omelet wrote:
    > In article <nG5Zl.10913$[email protected]>,
    > George Shirley <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Omelet wrote:
    >>> For many years, I've frozen cheese, and then only used said frozen
    >>> cheese for cooking as it always turned out crumbly on thawing.
    >>>
    >>> But, I always thawed it at room temp.
    >>>
    >>> Sis' told me a few months ago to try thawing cheese under refrigeration
    >>> for better results and to NOT TOUCH IT until it was completely thawed.
    >>>
    >>> Dad bought 1 each hyooge 2 lb. blocks of Mozarella and Monterey Jack a
    >>> couple of months ago. I cut them into 3 chunks each and froze them as I
    >>> knew I could not use them up in time to stop them from moulding.
    >>>
    >>> Sis' was right. I took a chunk of the cheeses out of the freezer as
    >>> needed and put them in the door of the 'frige to thaw. The Mozarella
    >>> came out perfect all three times (sliced without crumbling) and the Jack
    >>> was much improved. Only slightly crumbly, and perfect if I used a
    >>> cheese wire instead of a knife.
    >>>
    >>> YMMV, I've not tried this cheddar or colby jack.
    >>>
    >>> I don't purchase other cheeses in bulk frequently enough to vouch for
    >>> any of the more expensive ones... These are just the two I use with the
    >>> most frequency.

    >> When I used to buy the two to five lb blocks of cheese at Sam's Club I
    >> would cut them into one-lb blocks, vacuum seal each block in a bag and
    >> then just stick them in the back of the fridge. Never had one mold on me
    >> doing that.
    >>
    >> Before I got the vacuum sealer I used to do exactly what you're doing
    >> with all types of hard cheeses with no difficulty. Sometimes you can
    >> save a good bit of money buying in bulk.

    >
    > Agreed on the money saving.
    >
    > I have a Tilia buried in the pantry somewhere. The cost of the bags is
    > all that has stopped me from using it with more frequency.

    There are some places on the web where you can get the bags cheaper than
    from FoodSaver. Particularly if you buy in bulk. I never buy the
    pre-made bags, cheaper to get a roll and then make the bags whatever
    size you want.

    In addition I take the used bags, turn them inside out and hang them in
    the dishwasher from the top rack with clothes pins. They get washed
    clean that way and are then hung up to air dry. I've used some of them
    so much they finally get so short they can't be sealed anymore. <G>

    Waste not, want not is our lifetime motto.

  5. #5
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Freezing Cheese and Sisterly advice...

    In article <E27Zl.10939$[email protected]>,
    George Shirley <[email protected]> wrote:

    > > I have a Tilia buried in the pantry somewhere. The cost of the bags is
    > > all that has stopped me from using it with more frequency.

    > There are some places on the web where you can get the bags cheaper than
    > from FoodSaver. Particularly if you buy in bulk. I never buy the
    > pre-made bags, cheaper to get a roll and then make the bags whatever
    > size you want.
    >
    > In addition I take the used bags, turn them inside out and hang them in
    > the dishwasher from the top rack with clothes pins. They get washed
    > clean that way and are then hung up to air dry. I've used some of them
    > so much they finally get so short they can't be sealed anymore. <G>
    >
    > Waste not, want not is our lifetime motto.


    Advice worth following. I'll have to seriously look at that, thanks!
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    Peace! Om

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
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  6. #6
    koko Guest

    Default Re: Freezing Cheese and Sisterly advice...

    On Sun, 14 Jun 2009 02:11:59 -0500, Omelet <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >For many years, I've frozen cheese, and then only used said frozen
    >cheese for cooking as it always turned out crumbly on thawing.
    >
    >But, I always thawed it at room temp.
    >
    >Sis' told me a few months ago to try thawing cheese under refrigeration
    >for better results and to NOT TOUCH IT until it was completely thawed.


    snippage

    That's great to know thanks Om.

    koko
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    updated 06/03

  7. #7
    maxine Guest

    Default Re: Freezing Cheese and Sisterly advice...

    On Jun 14, 3:11*am, Omelet <ompome...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > For many years, I've frozen cheese, and then only used said frozen
    > cheese for cooking as it always turned out crumbly on thawing.
    >
    > But, I always thawed it at room temp.
    >
    > Sis' told me a few months ago to try thawing cheese under refrigeration
    > for better results and to NOT TOUCH IT until it was completely thawed.
    >
    > Dad bought 1 each hyooge 2 lb. blocks of Mozarella and Monterey Jack a
    > couple of months ago. I cut them into 3 chunks each and froze them as I
    > knew I could not use them up in time to stop them from moulding.
    >
    > Sis' was right. I took a chunk of the cheeses out of the freezer as
    > needed and put them in the door of the 'frige to thaw. The Mozarella
    > came out perfect all three times (sliced without crumbling) and the Jack
    > was much improved. *Only slightly crumbly, and perfect if I used a
    > cheese wire instead of a knife.
    >
    > YMMV, I've not tried this cheddar or colby jack.
    >
    > I don't purchase other cheeses in bulk frequently enough to vouch for
    > any of the more expensive ones... *These are just the two I use with the
    > most frequency.


    Tell Sis I said thanks for the recommendation about thawing in the
    fridge. That'll go far in these days of frugality

    maxine in ri

  8. #8
    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Freezing Cheese and Sisterly advice...


    "maxine" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    On Jun 14, 3:11 am, Omelet <ompome...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > For many years, I've frozen cheese, and then only used said frozen
    > cheese for cooking as it always turned out crumbly on thawing.
    >
    > But, I always thawed it at room temp.
    >
    > Sis' told me a few months ago to try thawing cheese under refrigeration
    > for better results and to NOT TOUCH IT until it was completely thawed.
    >
    > Dad bought 1 each hyooge 2 lb. blocks of Mozarella and Monterey Jack a
    > couple of months ago. I cut them into 3 chunks each and froze them as I
    > knew I could not use them up in time to stop them from moulding.
    >
    > Sis' was right. I took a chunk of the cheeses out of the freezer as
    > needed and put them in the door of the 'frige to thaw. The Mozarella
    > came out perfect all three times (sliced without crumbling) and the Jack
    > was much improved. Only slightly crumbly, and perfect if I used a
    > cheese wire instead of a knife.
    >
    > YMMV, I've not tried this cheddar or colby jack.
    >
    > I don't purchase other cheeses in bulk frequently enough to vouch for
    > any of the more expensive ones... These are just the two I use with the
    > most frequency.


    Tell Sis I said thanks for the recommendation about thawing in the
    fridge. That'll go far in these days of frugality

    maxine in ri

    ============

    Most foods thaw better in the fridge. When freezing bulk cheese it's best
    to cube or shred it before freezing... the larger the piece the more its
    texture will suffer because large chunks freeze unevenly and thaw unevenly.
    Also when shredded and cubed it's much simpler to defrost only what one
    needs. My favorite cheese to freeze is chocolate; chocolate brownie cheese,
    Milkyway cheese, M & Ms cheese, Hershey Kisses cheese is excellent.






  9. #9
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Freezing Cheese and Sisterly advice...

    On Sun, 14 Jun 2009 02:11:59 -0500, Omelet wrote:

    > For many years, I've frozen cheese, and then only used said frozen
    > cheese for cooking as it always turned out crumbly on thawing.
    >
    > But, I always thawed it at room temp.
    >
    > Sis' told me a few months ago to try thawing cheese under refrigeration
    > for better results and to NOT TOUCH IT until it was completely thawed.


    Thawing slowly is always the way to go if you have time - not just
    for cheese.

    I just finished a block of cheese this morning and took the other
    half of the 2lb block out of the freezer and put it into the fridge
    for when I need it next. Why wait until you need it?

    -sw

  10. #10
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Freezing Cheese and Sisterly advice...

    On Sun, 14 Jun 2009 17:49:07 GMT, brooklyn1 wrote:

    > Most foods thaw better in the fridge. When freezing bulk cheese it's best
    > to cube or shred it before freezing... the larger the piece the more its
    > texture will suffer because large chunks freeze unevenly and thaw unevenly.


    And if you shred or cube it, you create much more surface area for
    the moisture to leech out and turn to ice, guaranteed to ruin your
    frozen cheese.

    And when you try and press out as much air as possible out of the
    container being frozen - what happens to that shredded cheese? It
    turns back into a clump of cheese with a bunch of air pockets in it.

    -sw

  11. #11
    John Kane Guest

    Default Re: Freezing Cheese and Sisterly advice...

    On Jun 14, 3:11*am, Omelet <ompome...@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    > YMMV, I've not tried this cheddar or colby jack.


    I've had good luck doing this with Swiss, Monteray Jack and a Danish
    smoked processed cheese but not with cheddar. It is better than
    leaving it at room temp to defrost but you still get a fair bit of
    crumbling.

    John Kane Kingston ON Canada

  12. #12
    Dimitri Guest

    Default Re: Freezing Cheese and Sisterly advice...


    "Omelet" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news[email protected]..
    > For many years, I've frozen cheese, and then only used said frozen
    > cheese for cooking as it always turned out crumbly on thawing.
    >
    > But, I always thawed it at room temp.
    >
    > Sis' told me a few months ago to try thawing cheese under refrigeration
    > for better results and to NOT TOUCH IT until it was completely thawed.
    >
    > Dad bought 1 each hyooge 2 lb. blocks of Mozarella and Monterey Jack a
    > couple of months ago. I cut them into 3 chunks each and froze them as I
    > knew I could not use them up in time to stop them from moulding.
    >
    > Sis' was right. I took a chunk of the cheeses out of the freezer as
    > needed and put them in the door of the 'frige to thaw. The Mozarella
    > came out perfect all three times (sliced without crumbling) and the Jack
    > was much improved. Only slightly crumbly, and perfect if I used a
    > cheese wire instead of a knife.
    >
    > YMMV, I've not tried this cheddar or colby jack.
    >
    > I don't purchase other cheeses in bulk frequently enough to vouch for
    > any of the more expensive ones... These are just the two I use with the
    > most frequency.
    > --
    > Peace! Om
    >
    > Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    > It's about learning to dance in the rain.
    > -- Anon.
    >
    > [email protected]
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    FYI it is the best way to defrost almost EVERYTHING - it's called
    tempering.

    Dimitri





  13. #13
    Jean B. Guest

    Default Re: Freezing Cheese and Sisterly advice...

    Omelet wrote:
    > For many years, I've frozen cheese, and then only used said frozen
    > cheese for cooking as it always turned out crumbly on thawing.
    >
    > But, I always thawed it at room temp.
    >
    > Sis' told me a few months ago to try thawing cheese under refrigeration
    > for better results and to NOT TOUCH IT until it was completely thawed.
    >
    > Dad bought 1 each hyooge 2 lb. blocks of Mozarella and Monterey Jack a
    > couple of months ago. I cut them into 3 chunks each and froze them as I
    > knew I could not use them up in time to stop them from moulding.
    >
    > Sis' was right. I took a chunk of the cheeses out of the freezer as
    > needed and put them in the door of the 'frige to thaw. The Mozarella
    > came out perfect all three times (sliced without crumbling) and the Jack
    > was much improved. Only slightly crumbly, and perfect if I used a
    > cheese wire instead of a knife.
    >
    > YMMV, I've not tried this cheddar or colby jack.
    >
    > I don't purchase other cheeses in bulk frequently enough to vouch for
    > any of the more expensive ones... These are just the two I use with the
    > most frequency.


    Interesting and perhaps useful. Thanks. My daughter is really
    into cheese, but some of the cheeses don't last too long in the
    fridge.

    --
    Jean B.

  14. #14
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Freezing Cheese and Sisterly advice...

    In article <[email protected]>,
    koko <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Sun, 14 Jun 2009 02:11:59 -0500, Omelet <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >For many years, I've frozen cheese, and then only used said frozen
    > >cheese for cooking as it always turned out crumbly on thawing.
    > >
    > >But, I always thawed it at room temp.
    > >
    > >Sis' told me a few months ago to try thawing cheese under refrigeration
    > >for better results and to NOT TOUCH IT until it was completely thawed.

    >
    > snippage
    >
    > That's great to know thanks Om.
    >
    > koko


    Welcome! The Moz' turned out perfect and the jack was much improved.
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    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
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  15. #15
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Freezing Cheese and Sisterly advice...

    In article
    <37ff6b83-6d8d-4c26-bbab-4160f1ae469a@c18g2000pr[email protected]>,
    maxine <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Jun 14, 3:11*am, Omelet <ompome...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > > For many years, I've frozen cheese, and then only used said frozen
    > > cheese for cooking as it always turned out crumbly on thawing.
    > >
    > > But, I always thawed it at room temp.
    > >
    > > Sis' told me a few months ago to try thawing cheese under refrigeration
    > > for better results and to NOT TOUCH IT until it was completely thawed.
    > >
    > > Dad bought 1 each hyooge 2 lb. blocks of Mozarella and Monterey Jack a
    > > couple of months ago. I cut them into 3 chunks each and froze them as I
    > > knew I could not use them up in time to stop them from moulding.
    > >
    > > Sis' was right. I took a chunk of the cheeses out of the freezer as
    > > needed and put them in the door of the 'frige to thaw. The Mozarella
    > > came out perfect all three times (sliced without crumbling) and the Jack
    > > was much improved. *Only slightly crumbly, and perfect if I used a
    > > cheese wire instead of a knife.
    > >
    > > YMMV, I've not tried this cheddar or colby jack.
    > >
    > > I don't purchase other cheeses in bulk frequently enough to vouch for
    > > any of the more expensive ones... *These are just the two I use with the
    > > most frequency.

    >
    > Tell Sis I said thanks for the recommendation about thawing in the
    > fridge. That'll go far in these days of frugality
    >
    > maxine in ri


    Will do. :-)
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    Peace! Om

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
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  16. #16
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Freezing Cheese and Sisterly advice...

    In article <1eoarnhjixxxr$.[email protected]>,
    Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Sun, 14 Jun 2009 02:11:59 -0500, Omelet wrote:
    >
    > > For many years, I've frozen cheese, and then only used said frozen
    > > cheese for cooking as it always turned out crumbly on thawing.
    > >
    > > But, I always thawed it at room temp.
    > >
    > > Sis' told me a few months ago to try thawing cheese under refrigeration
    > > for better results and to NOT TOUCH IT until it was completely thawed.

    >
    > Thawing slowly is always the way to go if you have time - not just
    > for cheese.
    >
    > I just finished a block of cheese this morning and took the other
    > half of the 2lb block out of the freezer and put it into the fridge
    > for when I need it next. Why wait until you need it?
    >
    > -sw


    So it keeps longer. <g>

    And I agree, slow thawing works best for just about anything.
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    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
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  17. #17
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Freezing Cheese and Sisterly advice...

    In article <%thZl.35212$[email protected]>,
    "Dimitri" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > FYI it is the best way to defrost almost EVERYTHING - it's called
    > tempering.
    >
    > Dimitri


    Will it work with Brie?
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    Peace! Om

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
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  18. #18
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Freezing Cheese and Sisterly advice...

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Jean B." <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Omelet wrote:
    > > For many years, I've frozen cheese, and then only used said frozen
    > > cheese for cooking as it always turned out crumbly on thawing.
    > >
    > > But, I always thawed it at room temp.
    > >
    > > Sis' told me a few months ago to try thawing cheese under refrigeration
    > > for better results and to NOT TOUCH IT until it was completely thawed.
    > >
    > > Dad bought 1 each hyooge 2 lb. blocks of Mozarella and Monterey Jack a
    > > couple of months ago. I cut them into 3 chunks each and froze them as I
    > > knew I could not use them up in time to stop them from moulding.
    > >
    > > Sis' was right. I took a chunk of the cheeses out of the freezer as
    > > needed and put them in the door of the 'frige to thaw. The Mozarella
    > > came out perfect all three times (sliced without crumbling) and the Jack
    > > was much improved. Only slightly crumbly, and perfect if I used a
    > > cheese wire instead of a knife.
    > >
    > > YMMV, I've not tried this cheddar or colby jack.
    > >
    > > I don't purchase other cheeses in bulk frequently enough to vouch for
    > > any of the more expensive ones... These are just the two I use with the
    > > most frequency.

    >
    > Interesting and perhaps useful. Thanks. My daughter is really
    > into cheese, but some of the cheeses don't last too long in the
    > fridge.


    I know what you mean...
    Dad sometimes purchases pre-sliced cheeses and if they don't get used up
    fast enough, they are not salvagable when they get moldy like chunk
    cheeses are. Many times I've scraped mold off of cheese blocks and used
    them. That won't work with sliced cheese.
    --
    Peace! Om

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
    -- Anon.

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  19. #19
    David Harmon Guest

    Default Re: Freezing Cheese and Sisterly advice...

    On Sun, 14 Jun 2009 13:20:33 -0500 in rec.food.cooking, Sqwertz
    <[email protected]> wrote,
    >On Sun, 14 Jun 2009 02:11:59 -0500, Omelet wrote:
    >
    >> For many years, I've frozen cheese, and then only used said frozen
    >> cheese for cooking as it always turned out crumbly on thawing.
    >>
    >> But, I always thawed it at room temp.
    >>
    >> Sis' told me a few months ago to try thawing cheese under refrigeration
    >> for better results and to NOT TOUCH IT until it was completely thawed.

    >
    >Thawing slowly is always the way to go if you have time - not just
    >for cheese.


    On the other hand, I find that shredded cheese can come out of the
    frozen bag and go straight into anything I'm cooking that calls for
    shredded cheese.




  20. #20
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Freezing Cheese and Sisterly advice...

    In article <[email protected]> ,
    David Harmon <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Sun, 14 Jun 2009 13:20:33 -0500 in rec.food.cooking, Sqwertz
    > <[email protected]> wrote,
    > >On Sun, 14 Jun 2009 02:11:59 -0500, Omelet wrote:
    > >
    > >> For many years, I've frozen cheese, and then only used said frozen
    > >> cheese for cooking as it always turned out crumbly on thawing.
    > >>
    > >> But, I always thawed it at room temp.
    > >>
    > >> Sis' told me a few months ago to try thawing cheese under refrigeration
    > >> for better results and to NOT TOUCH IT until it was completely thawed.

    > >
    > >Thawing slowly is always the way to go if you have time - not just
    > >for cheese.

    >
    > On the other hand, I find that shredded cheese can come out of the
    > frozen bag and go straight into anything I'm cooking that calls for
    > shredded cheese.
    >
    >
    >


    Since shredded cheese around here is the same price as chunk, I do
    purchase the #2 bags and freeze them for that very reason.
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    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
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