As with other soft cheeses, cottage cheese doesn’t freeze very well. But can you freeze cottage cheese? Yes, and we have some tips to maximize quality.
I’m assuming that you probably want to freeze cottage cheese to extend its shelf life, or you came across a buy one, get one sale that you couldn’t resist. During the freezing process, cottage cheese loses some of its moisture, so the texture and flavor are lost. However, it can still be used in cooked dishes like lasagna, casseroles, soups, cakes, and sauces.
For best results, use large curd or whole fat cottage cheese rather than the fat-free or low-fat options which don’t freeze as well. Cheese coupons, Ziploc deals, and Rubbermaid storage coupons are useful if you need to stock up in preparation for freezing.
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How to freeze cottage cheese:
Store cottage cheese in its original packaging or in an airtight container. Place the container in a heavy-duty freezer bag if planning on storing it in the freezer for longer than two months. Remove as much as possible to prevent freezer burn.
Alternatively, freeze it into smaller portions so you don’t feel obligated to use an entire tub (more on ways to use it later). Use an ice cube tray or muffin tin to make the perfect portions. Write the date on the container with a permanent marker (like a trusty Sharpie) to keep track of how long it’s been in the freezer.
How long does cottage cheese last frozen?
Generally, cottage cheese can be frozen for up to six months. If the package has been opened, count on two to three months. Unopened cottage cheese should be used in three to six months.
How to defrost cottage cheese:
Thaw the cottage cheese in the refrigerator when you’re ready to use it. If you need it faster, thaw the container in cold water for three to four hours. Drain any watery liquid after it’s completely thawed.
When it’s thawed, it will be a bit chunky like ricotta cheese. Stir in a little bit of sour cream so that the final product isn’t as dry. If the cottage cheese is discolored, smells, or tastes sour, just throw it away!
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Here’s what to serve with cottage cheese:
When you’re ready to use it, thaw it and add it to cooked dishes, such as desserts (cheesecake), casseroles, soups, pancakes, and sauces. Unlike the fresh variety, it’s not recommended to just eat thawed alone. Defrosted cottage cheese should only be added to dishes that are cooked or will be cooked.