Protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals are essential classes of nutrients that help in bodybuilding and staying healthy. Goat cheese is a good source of these nutrients. Goat cheese, also known as Chèvre can be used to prepare different dishes like pizza, sauce, and appetizers.
If you get a sale on goat cheese at the convenience store, and you decide to take advantage of that and buy in bulk, how do you preserve the excess amount you just acquired?
Can you freeze goat cheese? Yes, you can. Goat cheese can be frozen for up to 3 months without damage to its texture, flavor, or taste. Goat cheese is so sensitive to a high temperature that it loses structure to becoming granulated. So you shouldn’t leave it out for too long.
Goat cheese, when compared to other cheeses, digest efficiently and its variability in usage makes it a must-have in many households.
What Kind of Goat Cheese Freezes Best?
Goat cheese processing and packaging industries have distinct recipes in packaging their products, making the freezing duration and extent to which each of them can withstand freezing before spoiling differ.
Generally, cheese with a high concentration of fat freezes at a slower rate than low concentration fat cheese. So, low-fat cheese is a better option if you intend to freeze your goat cheese.
How to Freeze Goat Cheese
The freezing process of goat cheese does not require any special knowledge and equipment, just a sharp knife, cutting board, airtight freezer Ziploc bags, and plastic or wax papers in case they are to be separated from the original wrapping, and markers for labeling.
Step 1: Portion The Goat Cheese
The best way to freeze goat cheese is to keep the cheese in its original packaging or you cut it into smaller fractions with your sharp knife before you store it in an airtight plastic container.
Portioning your goat cheese would save you the trouble of thawing the whole pack when you need to eat it.
Step 2: Wrap in Plastic Wrap
Before you put your goat cheese into storage bags, you need to wrap it in plastic wrap to prevent them from sticking together when you freeze them and protect them from the harsh cold freezer air.
Wrap each cut piece with several layers of plastic wrap and make no part of the cheese is exposed.
Step 3: Storage
When goat cheese is exposed to air, it can lose its texture and taste and this would ruin your freezing experience.
To store goat cheese properly, place each wrapped piece into a Ziploc freezer bag, and press the bag flat to expel the air that is present in the bag before you seal it.
Step 4: Freeze The Goat Cheese
Before you place the cheese in the freezer, you can increase the chances of reducing the air in your goat cheese by using two Ziploc bags. Then, with your marker, you indicate what is in the bag, the date of freeze, and the approximate quantity of cheese in the bag.
You could have so many items in the freezer that you might forget what is in each bag. Marking each bag ensures that you remember and consume older packages before they become unfit for consumption.
How to Defrost Goat Cheese
Preparing goat cheese for consumption and other purposes is as stress-free as freezing it. Thawing goat cheese can either be done by leaving it in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, or keeping it for a specified amount of hours, or microwaving it.
When you thaw your goat cheese for 2-3 days in the refrigerator, it helps the cheese to retain the moisture content, texture, and original taste.
To defrost the cheese, remove the goat cheese wrapped in plastic wrap and place it in a tray or container to prevent the flow of air into the cheese which might render it unsuitable for consumption.
Thawing in the refrigerator is dependent on how thick the cheese is. Soft goat cheese can be left to thaw for a day while hard goat cheese can be thawed for 2-3 days to get the best satisfaction.
Goat cheese can also be left at room temperature and allowed to thaw for several hours depending on the density of the cheese. But don’t expose your cheese to air till it thaws.
You might be in a hurry to use your cheese and thawing it in a refrigerator or leaving it at room temperature can be time-consuming, so what do you do?
You can thaw your goat cheese in the microwave. Place your goat cheese in a microwavable container and proceed to heat it in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds.
After thawing leave it for some minutes to nuke and cut through the middle of the goat cheese to know if it’s thawed enough. Despite this being the fastest method to thaw your goat cheese, it could separate the milk and whey from the cheese and make it oily.
How to Recognise Spoiled Goat Cheese
You get this awful smell and appearance from goat cheese when it gets spoiled. When mold starts appearing on your goat cheese, it is not a healthy option to go ahead with eating or using it as a supplement in preparing other dishes.
To enjoy your cheese and live a healthy life, eat it while it’s just thawed, and make sure to discard the spoilt ones entirely.