How to Freeze Brie Cheese? (4 easy to follow steps)

When served with bite-sized pieces of bread, crackers, honey, and jam (or whatever your mind can think of), a brie cheese that is soft and creamy is hard to refuse (offer your friends some & see what they say).

 

On the other hand, it’s not uncommon to find yourself with brie chunks or a complete wheel that you didn’t get a chance to bake because you ran out of time (that’s life).

 

This leads us to the question: how to freeze brie cheese? After doing the research, here’s what I uncovered…

 

Best Method for Freezing Brie Cheese:

 

1. Cut the Brie into slices (if you prefer)


2. Securely wrap each individual piece


3. Place the finished products, still wrapped, into a freezer bag


4. Put the empty freezer bag in your freezer, and you are done

 

After doing more research I uncovered more information you need to know so keep on reading…

 

 

 Can You Freeze Brie Cheese? (Yea… but That Doesn’t Mean It’s Always a Good Idea)


In a strict sense, it is possible to freeze any meal; yet, as you and I both know (or at least should know), certain foods retain their texture and flavor more effectively than others when frozen.

 

Brie, which has a texture that is smooth and semi-soft, does not freeze particularly well due to its texture, but it can be boiled and baked to produce satisfactory results.

 

When it comes time to put a piece of thawed meat on a sandwich, you might be a little bit dissatisfied with the results…

 

Because of this, whenever you want to freeze brie, it is better to use it in a recipe that requires it to be baked or cooked beforehand. And there is no requirement that it be elaborate.

 

There are times when the most straightforward answers are the ones that work best. I made up my mind to give toasting bread with slices of brie in the oven a shot.

 

Even after being frozen and thawed, brie can still be eaten, but you may not find that you enjoy the flavor as much as fresh brie…

 

The best course of action is to begin by chewing on a single slice and, if you find that you do not particularly appreciate it, to toast the remaining pieces.

 

 

What You Must Understand Before You Freeze Brie Cheese?


When you go home with a couple wheels of brie that you purchased because the price was so low at the local market, it is in your best interest to put them in the freezer as soon as possible.

 

In point of fact, the sooner you put the cheese in the freezer, the better. The ideal scenario is one in which the brie is frozen as soon as it is brought into the house, but this is not always achievable.

 

There is no way to tell for sure if you will be able to consume the cheese before the expiration date that is marked on it…

 

Therefore, even if you do not immediately place the cheese in the freezer after bringing it into the house, you must still ensure that it is fresh and that the date indicated on the package has not been exceeded.

 

In addition to this, you can extend the shelf life of brie cheese by freezing it, but you should only do so if you have been keeping it appropriately…

 

A wheel of brie cheese should be stored in the refrigerator with the parchment paper used to wrap it loosely. The wedges of brie cheese should be stored in an airtight container after being covered in plastic wrap.

 

How to Freeze Brie?


FYI: If you look at some of the other guides that are available, almost all of them will advise you to cut the brie into pieces and individually wrap each one.

 

Because of both of these factors, I do not recommend using that approach. To begin, it requires that you make use of a substantial quantity of plastic in the form of freezer wrap.

You are probably aware that each of us could use less plastic and generate less garbage if we all worked together. Second, individually wrapping each slice appears to be a laborious process.

 

I don’t know about you, but I’m far more likely to complete a routine that requires only three minutes of my time rather than one that requires ten minutes of my time. In light of the aforementioned, the following is the method I use to freeze brie:

 

1. Cubes of brie can be cut from either the wheel or the wedge

 

You can choose the dimensions and the form. Consider how you are going to utilize the cheese once it has thawed, and then cut it accordingly. You should go with slices if you don’t already have a plan in place.


2. Take out a freezer bag that can be sealed and either a cookie sheet or a shallow casserole dish

 

  • Position the bag so that it is lying on its side on the sheet.

  • Place the sliced food into the freezer bag and then arrange it so that it is in a single layer.

  • Check to see that the separate parts do not come into contact with one another. Squeeze as much air as possible out of that bag, and then make sure it’s completely sealed.

  • Put the cookie sheet into the cold storage of the freezer.

  • Keep it there until the slices have frozen completely.

3. Take the sheet out of the freezer; you do not need it any longer

 

Put the freezer bag containing the cheese into a container for additional protection if you are concerned that it will get squished by other foods while it is stored in the freezer.

As you can see, the method as a whole is quite easy and it only takes a few minutes. Continue to freeze the cheese with as little air as possible in the hopes of preventing freezer burn and maintaining the cheese’s great quality.

 

In addition, you won’t need to thaw the entire dish in order to get a slice or two out of the freezer bag because you can simply remove what you need (easy peasy).

 

How to Let Frozen Brie Cheese Thaw?


The secret to successfully defrosting brie cheese is to make sure that the cheese is not subjected to any sudden shifts in temperature. If this is not avoided, the cheese’s consistency will be altered.

 

Heres How I Do It:

 

  • Remove the cheese from the freezer at least a full twelve hours before you intend to use it. If you do this, you can be sure that it will be ready and thawed when you need it.

  • Put the cheese on a plate so there won’t be any water spilling in the refrigerator. Defrost only as much of the brie as you require if you cut it into wedges before freezing it. Keep the cheese in the refrigerator for at least a few more hours so that it may fully melt. Depending on the size of the piece of cheese you are thawing, this process could take anywhere from a few hours to an entire day to complete.

  • Remove the cheese from the refrigerator at least half an hour before you intend to consume it, and allow it to come to room temperature.

 

 

You may speed up the process of defrosting frozen cheese by using the microwave if you don’t have the luxury of waiting for it to defrost in the refrigerator.

 

A further approach involves placing the cheese, which has been wrapped in plastic wrap, in a sink full of cold running water (never warm water).

 

Although these techniques are effective, the cheese’s texture is drastically altered as a result of using them. When the brie cheese has been defrosted, use it within two to three days.

 

During this period, make sure the brie is stored in the refrigerator. If you have thawed the cheese in the microwave or by holding it under cold running water, you should use it as soon as possible; do not put it in the refrigerator for later use.

 

Do not waste time defrosting the brie if it is going to be added to a soup or stew where it will melt regardless of whether it is frozen or not. The heat from the hot dish will achieve the desired effect.

 

Related Questions:


1. Can you freeze brie in puff pastry?

 

Yep… Wrap the brie in pastry (skip the egg wash), wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and freeze it. When ready to bake, remove from packaging, brush with egg wash, and bake from the freezer.

 

 

Final Thoughts


So, class, what did we learn today?

 

We now know that brie, which has a smooth, semi-soft texture, does not freeze well because of its texture, but it can be boiled or baked to good effect.

 

When you put a piece of thawed meat on a sandwich, you might not be too happy with how it tastes. Because of this, it is best to use brie in a recipe that calls for it to be baked or cooked before freezing it.

 

And it doesn’t have to be long or complicated. Sometimes, the best answers are the ones that are easiest to understand. I decided to try toasting bread in the oven with slices of brie.

 

Brie can still be eaten after it has been frozen and thawed, but it may not taste as good as fresh brie. Enjoy the rest of your day, always stay safe, and treat others the right way. Until next time!

How to Freeze Brie Cheese? (4 easy to follow steps)