I know that the idea of freezing cheese can sound a bit absurd, but I am here to tell you and also prove to you that you can, in fact, freeze Gorgonzola cheese, and easily so as well!
Since I am a big advocate for minimizing climate change, I am often faced with the dilemma of whether I can or cannot freeze certain types of food as a way to eliminate food waste. Fortunately, Gorgonzola cheese qualifies as freezer-friendly food!
What is gorgonzola cheese?
For anyone that is yet to try Gorgonzola cheese, know that it is a type of blue cheese. However, it is slightly different than the known types of blue cheeses. It has a milder flavor with a softer texture, making it perfect for any cheese sauce, over a freshly baked pizza, or for a creamy soup or casserole.
Although, it is very suitable for serving alongside any cheese on a cheeseboard, freezing can slightly affect the texture, making it not so suitable for a cheeseboard. However, it will still be amazing with any other dish!
Where to buy gorgonzola cheese
You can buy this Italian delicacy from any Italian deli in your neighborhood.
How to store gorgonzola cheese?
When it comes to Gorgonzola cheese, freezing it or keeping it in the fridge is the best form of preserving it, since leaving it inside a container with other types of cheese will probably cause it to lose its smell and for it to affect the other types stored with it.
How to freeze gorgonzola cheese
The sky is your limit when it comes to freezing Gorgonzola cheese. Whether you chose to freeze it as one big cheese wedge, grated cheese, or crumbled pieces ready for sprinkling on top of a pizza. You are free to do it however you would like.
- A good wrapping of the Gorgonzola cheese is essential. You can tightly wrap it with cling film, tin foil, or a plastic freezer bag. You can also use a freezer-friendly container.
- It is recommended to double-wrap the cheese piece with two different materials. For example, cling film and tinfoil to ensure the isolation of the cheese from all the surrounding smells and flavors.
- Before moving the tightly wrapped and contained Gorgonzola cheese, label it with the date of freezing and its name so that it is easy to later distinguish it from all the other food in the freezer.
How long can Gorgonzola cheese stay in the freezer?
Gorgonzola cheese wedges can withstand the freezer for up to 3 months, retaining its premium quality. It can, however, stay for longer, but don’t expect it to be as good as the freshly bought one.
How to defrost gorgonzola cheese
You have a few options when it comes to defrosting the frozen Gorgonzola cheese. You can use it straight from the freezer to the stove if you are going to cook with it casserole or soup, since the pot will already be bubbling on the stove.
I prefer to leave it overnight in the fridge to thaw slowly. Bear in mind, though, that if you have small chunks of cheese frozen, then it shouldn’t take more than a few hours for it to completely defrost in the fridge.
Just remember that freezing can affect the texture of the cheese, so do keep that in mind before freezing the delicious Gorgonzola cheese.