Can Parmesan be frozen?
Can Parmesan be frozen?
Parmigiano Reggiano is one of the most loved and consumed cheeses in the country, but if you buy too much of it, don’t despair: you can freeze it.
If we wanted to make a speech in purity, as true champions, we would begin this article by writing that always and forever it will be far from us to freeze Parmigiano Reggiano , because the king of cheeses does not deserve it in any wayIt keeps for a long time in the fridge, but it can also be frozensuch an offensive treatment. With a low water content – which further decreases the higher the seasoning – Parmigiano Reggiano is in fact a product that, once opened, can be kept for a really long time . In the refrigerator, at a temperature between 4 and 8 ° C and a controlled degree of humidity, if kept far away from other foods (of which it tends to absorb odors) it can easily remain here for a couple of weeks up to a about a month.That said, are we the champions? Certainly yes, but fortunately we are also very ordinary mortals and we live in the same reality as you. So, if you have a slice of Parmesan left over and you don’t have the faintest idea when you will be able to consume it, put it safely in the freezer. You will be forgiven.
- What Parmesan do you have? As we had already clarified for mozzarella , you cannot take the cheese and freeze it as it is . However, there are some rules to follow. Even before that, however, an essential distinction needs to be made: Parmesan in pieces and grated Parmesan are two very different things . We must keep this in mind when we proceed to put everything in the freezer, evaluating the recipes that, even later in time, we have more or less in mind to prepare. Because the result, upon subsequent defrosting, is affected and how.
- How to freeze Parmesan in pieces. Pacific that we are operating as a last resort , if we have a slice of Parmesan we proceed to cut it further into pieces for credible consumption. This will allow us to defrost them, then, one at a time , perfectly calibrating the quantity with the use we have to make of them. In this case, then, it is useful to wrap each single piece with cling film and then freeze them, perhaps keeping them in an airtight container, but making sure that the various pieces do not stick together. Another method, even more valid, is to first proceed to vacuum pack the individual pieces and then freeze them.
- How to freeze grated Parmesan. Much simpler – and many already do it – is to freeze the already grated Parmesan. Whether it is directly in the airtight package in which we buy it or in other (small) well-closed bags prepared by us, keeping it in this way is easier because then, once thawed, the Parmesan tends to moisten, with all due respect to the poor grater. In a normal home , a little Parmesan in the freezer is never lacking: it retains its flavor and texture quite well , when the forethought is to take it out, use it and put it away immediately.. To avoid having to use it all on the one hand (you don’t refreeze a thawed thing, unless you cook it) and on the other the hateful and feared humidity.
- How do you thaw? The subsequent defrosting of the individual pieces of cheese deserves a separate mention . Just like with mozzarella and other frozen products, the two words to ban are thermal shock. So, when we need them, we take the pieces of Parmesan from the freezer and move them to the refrigerator . Here they will certainly take longer to return to temperature, but in a more correct way and only in this way will they get closer, however pale (at least in consistency), to the initial product.
- How long will the frozen Parmesan be kept? If stored correctly in this way, the king of cheeses can remain in the freezer for about 3 to 6 months . And, as always, a good rule of thumb requires that the freezing date be marked on the package, to easily keep track of when to reuse it in the future.