Use these tips on how to freeze cottage cheese to store it in your freezer for up to 6 months.
Freezing can be a great way to stretch your money! It allows you to be able to stock up on items when they are on sale and when you need them, you can just walk over to your freezer! But not all things freeze the same. In fact, some things can’t be frozen.
But can you freeze cottage cheese? The answer is yes. You can freeze cottage cheese.
Cheese is typically something that is perfect for freezing; however, soft cheeses are more difficult to freeze than harder cheeses (like Cheddar or Gouda). Cottage cheese is a very soft cheese and while it can be frozen, the texture may change some when it thaws.
Why would you want to freeze it? Because when it thaws it is perfect for use in casseroles or other baked dishes.
How to Freeze Cottage Cheese
You will want to purchase the whole fat cottage cheese as it freezes better than the low-fat options. The plastic seal that goes around the lid of the cottage cheese container is somewhat fragile, so you need to place the container inside a freezer bag in case the seal is broken when something bumps into it.
Directions for freezing cottage cheese:
1. Purchase the whole fat or large curd cottage cheese.
2. Freeze it directly in the container that you purchased it in. Simply place the cottage cheese container into a freezer bag, squeeze out the excess air, and seal the bag.
3. Label the freezer bag containing your cottage cheese with the date you froze it.
You can store cottage cheese in the freezer for up to 6 months.
How to Thaw Frozen Cottage Cheese
1. To thaw the cottage cheese, simply place it in the refrigerator 24 – 48 hours before you need to use it. (Keep it in the plastic bag.)
2. After it is thawed, drain any excess liquid.
You can stir in a little bit of sour cream if you would like to keep the cottage cheese from being too dry after the liquid is drained. However, if you are using it to cook with, it will be fine.
It is possible to save money by stocking up on cottage cheese when it is on sale and then freezing it. It’s just a little trickier than freezing other dairy products, but it can absolutely be done.