Question:I bought more ricotta cheese than I needed for the recipe I’m making. Can I freeze the rest of it so it doesn’t go to waste?
Answer: The answer to your question is, yes, you certainly can freeze ricotta cheese. In fact, frozen ricotta cheese can remain good for up to two months, if you properly freeze it. However, freezing can somewhat alter the texture of the cheese, so you’ll have to take this into consideration before making your decision. Read on to learn how to freeze ricotta cheese.
Naturally, it’s better to freeze the cheese you’ve already bought than let it go to waste. Freezing ricotta cheese will cause it to separate a little, and it may become watery when it’s thawed. You can deal with this by using a mixer to recreate its consistency, and you may have to drain some of the product. If you’re using ricotta cheese as one ingredient in a dish, then it should be perfectly fine to use after being frozen.
However, if ricotta cheese is the main feature of your dish, or if you plan to eat it on its own, you’ll have to prepare yourself for the lesser quality of the cheese you will be eating.
Prior to freezing any perishable food item, you should first check its expiration date to make sure it isn’t already expired. To freeze ricotta cheese, place it in a freezer bag, and make sure to eliminate as much air as possible before you seal it. Take a permanent marker and write the date on the bag, so it will be easier for you to remember how long the cheese has been in the refrigerator. Carefully place it in your freezer, and let the cold temperature do its work. Try to thaw and use your cheese as soon as possible, as the longer it remains in its frozen state, the greater compromise there will be in its quality.
When the time comes to thaw the cheese, simply remove it from the freezer and allow it to thaw in your refrigerator. It may take a day or two to completely thaw, so make sure that you allot enough time for the thawing process. Once the cheese it’s thawed, it’s once again subject to the same dangers of spoiling. Always smell the cheese to make sure it is fresh before consuming it, and be sure to use it in plenty of time.