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In this article, learn how to freeze string cheese sticks for optimal results.
With five kids, my household has gone through a lot of string cheese over the years!
It’s portable. It’s high in protein. It can be eaten with your hands. And in my humble opinion, it is a much better option than processed sugary snacks.
So unless you have a dairy allergy or just don’t like it, string cheese is a great option for your cost-effective kitchen.
I’ve often been asked often, “Can you freeze string cheese?” So today, I want to walk you through what I know about freezing string cheese sticks.
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Can You Freeze String Cheese?
Yes, you can freeze string cheese! The method of freezing string cheese will vary depending on whether you’re freezing blocks of string cheese or individually packed string cheese.
While it is perfectly safe to freeze string cheese, some people refuse to freeze it. The reason is due to the quality of the string cheese once thawed. Some hate it, others find it tastes fine to them. Either way, it is still safe to consume!
What I have personally found is that your results may vary depending on the brand of string cheese, how the string cheese was frozen, and long it was frozen.
So let’s take a more detailed look into string cheese so you can maximize your chances of still enjoying your thawed string cheese.
What Is String Cheese?
In the U.S., string cheese is generally made from whole fat or part-skim mozzarella or from a combination of mozzarella and cheddar.
It gets its name due to the fact that the cheese peels apart in strings or strips when removed from a larger block.
In most grocery stores, you’ll find mozzarella cheese sticks or a combination of mozzarella and cheddar cheese sticks.
Both of these varieties of string cheese have a fairly long shelf-life in the fridge but can be frozen.
How To Freeze Individually Packed String Cheese?
String cheese is usually bought in vacuum-sealed, individually wrapped sticks of cheese.
With individually wrapped sticks, you can freeze them in their original packaging and remove each piece as needed.
Tip: If you want to jot down the date you froze the cheese sticks, use a black sharpie!
How To Freeze Blocks Of String Cheese?
Although not as common as individual sticks of string cheese, it can sometimes be found in large blocks.
If you do purchase a large block of string cheese, it can also be frozen but the process is a bit more time-consuming.
With large blocks of cheese, you have several options. You could choose to freeze the block whole or slice it up and then freeze it into individual pieces.
Either way, you need to wrap the string cheese portions in a layer of plastic wrap or aluminum foil making sure to get out all the air then place the wrapped cheese in a plastic or reusable freezer bag.
You do not want air to get to your cheese. Air will dry out your cheese and allow freezer burn to set it. It’s best to use plastic wrap or aluminum foil as the first layer.
After double-wrapping your string cheese portions, you want to be sure to date it the day it was frozen.
How Long Can String Cheese Be Frozen?
To preserve the best quality, thaw, and consume your string cheese within two to three months of freezing.
But if your string cheese gets buried and you don’t find it until months later, it will still be safe to eat but the quality may not be as good as it may have suffered freezer burn or undergone texture changes.
How To Thaw Frozen String Cheese For Best Results?
String cheese is best thawed in the refrigerator or in your lunch box.
Depending on what time you will eat lunch, you may be able to pull the string cheese from the freezer in the morning and have it thawed in your lunch box by lunchtime.
You will need to experiment to see if this works for you. If your string cheese doesn’t thaw by lunchtime then defrost it overnight in the fridge.
Does Freezing String Cheese Lower Its Nutritional Value?
No, freezing string cheese does not lower its nutritional value.
Why Does String Cheese Freeze Better Than Other Kinds Of Cheese?
Many types of cheese are difficult to freeze successfully because of their high water content.
Fortunately, string cheese is considered a low water content cheese which makes it easier to freeze.
Cheese with low water content is able to keep its consistently better than high water cheeses, even upon thawing.
Final Thoughts From Cost-Effective Kitchen
If you’ve never frozen string cheese, I would suggest you take a few sticks and freeze them for a few weeks. Once it has been frozen and thawed, see if anyone complains about the texture or taste. If they don’t, you should be good to freeze.
With that said, I have had some batches and brands that taste almost identical once frozen and thawed and others that weren’t very good when thawed. They weren’t quite as stringy and crumbled.
I would suggest you try freezing and thawing a small amount of each brand you buy just to be sure you like the results before freezing a large amount!
Also, experiment with mozzarella sticks as well as cheddar cheese sticks as your results may vary. Oh, and don’t forget to experiment with a block of string cheese as well.
Until next time…