How to Keep Shredded Cheese From Clumping? (3 important tips)

FACT: It is not normal for pre-shredded cheese purchased from a store to clump together, therefore it may come as a shock to you if this occurs when you shred cheese at home (it did to me for the first time).


It is frustrating to realize that all of your hard work has been undone after you have spent a good several minutes shredding the cheese by hand.


This leads us to the question: how to keep shredded cheese from clumping? After doing the research, here’s what I discovered…


Best Method: There is a straightforward method that may be utilized, regardless of whether one is storing the shredded cheese in the refrigerator or the freezer. To ensure that the corn starch is distributed equally throughout the bag, simply add one to two teaspoons of it and give it a good shake.



After conducting additional investigation, I discovered new information that is important for you to be aware of, so please continue reading…



There are 3 ways to prevent the clumping of shredded cheese

1. Place the cheese in a container that will keep air out (avoid the Ziploc bag)


This is a straightforward change to make, but it’s possible that you haven’t thought about it before. The cheese is arranged in a heap inside of a plastic bag.


Because of the pressure, the cheese that is closer to the bottom may become coagulated. If something were to fall on top of a bag or if you were to inadvertently push it to the back of the refrigerator, the bag would be at risk of being squashed.


When the cheese is stored in a container, there is more room for it to be distributed, and the pressure is lower. In addition, because the skin is so tough, it does not make a difference if you need to place something on top of the cheese.


It offers a considerably higher level of security. Set a layer of plastic wrap over the cheese and place the container in the refrigerator if there is a lot of extra space (air) at the top of the container. This will help the cheese keep for a longer period of time by reducing its interaction with air.


2. Freeze the cheese


The freezer is not an option for all varieties of cheese (I will list the cheeses that can and cannot be frozen later on), but it is helpful if you want to keep a large quantity of shredded cheese all at once.


Freezing the cheese will cause it to become more solid and will stop it from becoming clumpy. Additionally, it will lengthen the period of time that it may be stored (unless it is parmesan, which already has a very long shelf life when stored in the refrigerator).

Freezing cheese will affect its texture. If you plan on using your cheese for a cheeseboard, or in a sandwich, or a salad, you shouldn’t freeze it. It will lose its flavor and texture.


However, you should not freeze the cheese if you want to use it melted in a sauce or on a pizza; in this case, you should go ahead and freeze it. After the cheese has been melted, you won’t be able to detect any changes in the consistency of it.


To freeze cheese that has been shredded:


1. Put the baking sheet containing the shredded cheese into the freezer for one hour after you’ve spread it out on it (flash freezing)

2. After the cheese has been frozen, place it in a container that won’t let air in and place it in the freezer.

3. Before the cheese begins to lose its quality, it has a shelf life of between two and three months.


It is not necessary to let shredded cheese thaw before using it because the cheese has been shred into such little pieces. You may include it into whatever dish you’re making immediately after pulling it out of the freezer.


If you want to be extra careful, you can also coat the cheese in a thin layer of corn starch before you freeze it. This is something you may do if you want to take extra precautions.


3. Put some cornstarch to use


Yes, you heard correctly… cheese that is already shredded and sold in grocery stores is rarely just cheese. In most cases, it will be covered in some kind of anti-caking substance, such as cellulose or potato starch.


Because this coating is water-repellent, the cheese does not become sticky and clump together as easily as it would otherwise.

In order to extend its shelf life, the shredded cheese might also be preserved with natamycin or other chemicals. Since you now know the method that the cheesemakers use to prevent the cheese from being coagulated, you may use it yourself.


Cornstarch, an item that is commonplace in most people’s kitchens, performs the same function as cellulose does…


  • Your shredded cheese would benefit from having some corn starch added to it. There is no need for more than one to two tablespoons per block of cheese. It is sufficient to coat the cheese in a very fine layer.

  • Mixing the cheese and corn starch together requires shaking to produce a uniform coating.

  • Keep the cheese in the fridge or the freezer until ready to use.


You can use all-purpose flour in its place of cornstarch if you don’t have any of the starch on hand. And don’t be concerned about how it tastes. Because you use such a small amount of cornstarch, it won’t have any impact on the flavor of the cheese at all.


If I mix some cornstarch into my shredded cheese, will it stop it from melting?

This is a widespread concern, but it is not warranted. Because cellulose and potato starch both prevent melting, pre-packaged cheese is not the ideal option if you intend to use it to make a sauce.


Cornstarch, on the other hand, is not the same thing and does not have the same inhibitory effects. Cornstarch (or flour) will actually help the process of melting, rather than making it more difficult.



Why is shredded cheese harmful for you?

FYI: Some shreds of cheese have cellulose derived from wood pulp and additional carbs added to them…


Pulp from wood is one of the primary sources of cellulose, and although this may sound odd, it is not damaging to your body in any way, and it travels through your gastrointestinal track without being digested.


Even while they aren’t harmful, these fibers will nonetheless cause your cheese to have a higher carbohydrate content.


2 additional tips for the storage of cheese (thank me later)

1. Always store the cheese in the drawer of the refrigerator


Cheese thrives in damp environments. It allows more oxygen to get into the cheese. The cheese should be stored in the crisp drawers of the refrigerator because they are the area with the highest relative humidity. The draws also have a great steady temperature, which helps the cheese last for a longer period of time (the optimal storage temperature for cheese is between 35 and 45 degrees).


2. Keep the cheese away from pungent meals as much as possible


Cheese has a natural ability to absorb the aromas and flavors of the foods that it is stored with, including other types of cheese. This will be prevented by the Tupperware, but in order to be absolutely certain, keep the cheese in a location that is isolated from pungent foods.


Related Questions:

1. Can you store shredded cheese in Tupperware?


Try putting the cheese that you have wrapped in paper (not plastic! ), in another container for further protection. For example, you could place the cheese in Tupperware that has holes poked in it, or you might put the cheese in a plastic bag that has holes poked in it.

2. How to store freshly shredded cheese?


You can keep shredded cheese in plastic bags or in the original packaging, which can typically be sealed back up again after being opened. Just remember to squeeze out as much air as you can from the bag before you cinch it shut. If you can help it, stay away from the freezer. If at all possible, you should only purchase cheese that will be consumed inside its allotted timeframe.


Final Thoughts

What exactly did we study in class today?


We now know that there is a simple approach that can be used to prevent shredded cheese from clumping, whether one is storing the shredded cheese in the refrigerator or the freezer.


Simply add one to two tablespoons of corn starch and shake the bag vigorously to ensure that it is evenly distributed. Additionally, some cheese shreds have extra carbohydrates and cellulose made from wood pulp added to them.


One of the main sources of cellulose is wood pulp, and despite the fact that this may sound strange, it has no negative effects on your health and passes through your digestive tract undigested.


Even though they are not hazardous, these fibers will nonetheless increase the carbohydrate level of your cheese. Enjoy the rest of your day, always stay safe, and treat others with kindness & respect. until next time!

How to Keep Shredded Cheese From Clumping? (3 important tips)