Can I Freeze String Cheese? (everything you need to know for proper freezing)

String cheese is a popular lunchtime snack that is enjoyed by people of all ages, not just children (just ask my daughter lol)…


We are all suckers for things that are simple to throw into a bag (well at least I am). It doesn’t matter if you’re stuck at your desk trying to finish work or at a lunchroom because it’s easy to consume.


This leads us to the question: can I freeze string cheese? After doing the research, here’s what I discovered…


Best Method: String cheese can be frozen. It’s possible that the taste will change a little and that the texture will become a little bit crumblier, but on the whole, it freezes pretty well.


After conducting additional research, I came across additional information that is important for you to be aware of so continue reading…



Comparison of Cheese Sticks That Have Been Thawed and Those That Have Not

There are typically no discernible changes between fresh mozzarella sticks, frozen mozzarella sticks, and thawed mozzarella sticks…


They are virtually identical in appearance, flavor, and consistency to the originals in every way. However, there is a remote possibility that after thawing, your cheese sticks will become less bendable and more brittle and crumbly.


If this is something that worries you and you are still determined to successfully freeze string cheese, then I recommend trying out a new brand…


It is important to keep in mind that it may be somewhat more challenging to peel sticks that have been frozen and thawed after they have been fresh. That might be a bit of an annoyance for you if you enjoy peeling the cheese off of your sticks, though.


Nutritional Value of String Cheese?

FYI: Freezing string cheese doesn’t change its nutritional content…


The integrity of the nutrients is preserved. There is no longer any need to be concerned about your child’s nutritional intake if you have been hesitating to freeze cheese sticks out of concern that they will not consume all of the nutrients that you would like them to.



How To Freeze Cheese Sticks?

To freeze string cheese, simply wrap each individual stick in plastic wrap and place the wrapped sticks in a freezer-safe container.


In addition, the majority of manufacturers sell the sticks individually wrapped, so this step is already taken care of for you.


You may maintain some kind of order by placing all of the sticks in a freezer bag and sealing it so that they remain together. Also, if you think it will be helpful, label the jar with your name and the date.


How You Should Wrap Your Cheese Sticks

You are responsible for seeing to it on your own that each mozzarella stick is individually wrapped if it is not already the case… there are at least two distinct approaches to taking care of that.


The first step is to cover each stick in either plastic wrap, aluminum foil, or a freezer bag. These are your options. The optimal choice is to use a coating that cannot absorb liquid and seals out air completely.


The second option, which requires fewer resources, is to freeze many sticks at once inside of a single freezer bag. After placing each cheese stick in the bag individually, you roll the bag after each placement to ensure that the cheese sticks do not come into contact with one another.



Extended Freezing Life…

Consider double the amount of packaging on the product to protect it from getting freezer burn if you intend to store the string cheese in the freezer for more than six months.


Use either aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or another freezer bag if you want to accomplish this task. There is no use in double the amount of wrapping done on the sticks if you would just need a few more weeks to use them all up.


FYI: A freezing process that is so quickly completed shouldn’t have much of an impact on the cheese’s quality…


How Long Does String Cheese Remain Good When Stored in the Refrigerator or Freezer?

The shelf life of string cheese that has been opened and stored in the refrigerator is typically seven days. It takes a week for a delicious snack to turn into putrid garbage.


You might have noticed the word “opened,” and the reason for that is because there is a distinction between sealed and opened packaging…


When you break the seal on store-bought food, whether by unscrewing the cap of a gallon of milk or ripping open a bag of chips, you are essentially hastening its demise.


Okay, so maybe the situation isn’t quite as severe as it seems. Because you have opened the package, the printed expiration date will not suddenly become inaccurate. The “expiration date” is more of a suggestion or a prognosis than a firm commitment.


FYI: Your string cheese is not an exception to the rule that says many goods can still be consumed safely after their expiration date…

Bear in mind, however, that if you open your refrigerator rather frequently or remove a package of string cheese just to change your mind and put it back, this can shorten the shelf life of the cheese.


Consider applying the one-week guideline if the packaging is broken or if the electricity went out in your refrigerator… the situation shifts dramatically when string cheese is frozen.


When stored properly in the freezer, cheese can maintain its edible quality for up to two months. Check the cheese before discarding it if it has been there for a longer period of time.


If it is properly sealed, it can be preserved. If you are aware that there is more cheese in your refrigerator than you will be able to consume within a reasonable amount of time, you may be wondering whether or not cheese sticks can be frozen.


Put aside the amount that you are able to consume in a reasonable amount of time (or that you wish to consume), and freeze the remaining food.


How to Determine whether the Frozen String Cheese You Bought is Ruined?

A putrid odor is a telltale sign that your cheese has gone bad, just like it is with most other dairy products. However, cheese has the ability to absorb smells.


Your string cheese might have picked up a smell from whichever neighbor it spent space with. It is possible to eat it, but the unfamiliar aroma can make you queasy.


Mold is going to be a very obvious indicator that your string cheese is no longer fit for human consumption. If you notice flecks of an uncommon hue, most commonly gray or green, mold has likely colonized the area.

You can eat the remaining cheese after cutting off the piece that has mold on it. Having said that, this does carry a risk. It may be difficult to determine how far the disease has gone within the body.


If you cut it in half and there is no mold when you look at either side, then you know that piece is safe. If you’re doubtful, don’t risk it. If the string cheese appears dry to you, you can safely consume it. Unfortunately, dry string cheese is not nearly as stringy as its fresh counterpart.


You could also notice that the flavor is not as strong. It’s possible that your children won’t eat this cheese because it’s harder to peel, but you can still mince it up and use it in other recipes.


How to Prepare Frozen String Cheese and Where to Find It?

Even if you follow all of the instructions to the letter, the string cheese may still emerge from the freezer without any moisture…


You have been able to maintain the nutritious value, however the texture has been compromised. You have not wasted any food as long as there is no mold present in it.


Your crumbly cheese has the potential to be transformed into another delectable food product. Cheese that has been allowed to dry out will keep its flavor, even if it is diminished from what it was. You can enhance the flavor that is still there by using several extra ingredients.


Related Questions:

1. Can I freeze cream cheese?


Even while freezing cream cheese changes its texture and consistency, it can help increase its shelf life. Cream cheese and other cream cheese products can be stored for up to two months in an airtight container or frozen in their original packaging.



Final Thoughts

So, class, what did we learn today? We now know you can freeze string cheese. It might change a little in taste and texture, but on the whole, it freezes pretty well.


Also, it’s up to you to make sure that each mozzarella stick is individually wrapped if it isn’t already… there are at least two different ways to do this…


The first step is to wrap each stick in a freezer bag, plastic wrap, or aluminum foil. This is what you can do. The best choice is to use a coating that can’t soak up any liquid and completely seals out air.


The second option, which takes less time and money, is to freeze a lot of sticks at once in a single freezer bag. After putting each cheese stick in the bag by itself, you roll the bag after each placement to make sure the sticks don’t touch each other.


Enjoy the rest of your day, always stay safe, and treat others with kindness & respect. Until next time!

Can I Freeze String Cheese? (everything you need to know for proper freezing)