With its sharp and salty flavor, blue cheese doesn’t get much love as other types of cheese like Mozzarella and goat cheese. But I know a lot of people who appreciate it. Are you like them?
If so, you might have bought blue cheese only to realize that you can’t use all of it for a recipe that you are following. Or perhaps there was leftover blue cheese after last night’s party. You might wonder: “Can I freeze blue cheese?" Find out if it is the best way to preserve this type of cheese in this article.
What is blue cheese?
Blue cheese is so-called because of the blue spots or veins on it. This is due to the Penicillium mold added to it. This kind of cheese is usually aged in an environment where the temperature is controlled, like in a cave.
The Penicillium mold, as well as the other kinds of bacteria grown on the cheese, is responsible for the salty flavor and sharp scent of the blue cheese.
So what’s the best way to store blue cheese?
If you are looking to extend its shelf life for months, then freezing is really the way to go. You can eat frozen blue cheese up to six months from the day you put it in the freezer.
Re-freezing blue cheese that has already been thawed isn’t recommended as well. The taste and texture would be affected when you are to put back to the freezer blue cheese that has been frozen and thawed out.
But if you don’t need to extend the shelf life of blue cheese to months, then you can settle for refrigerating it.
Regardless of the type of storage that you choose, you should avoid keeping blue cheese at room temperature as it can hasten its spoilage.
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