Sometimes you’re making something and realize that it would be better with Velveeta in it. Well, if this sounds like your life (or if you just love Velveeta), then you might need to know how to preserve it.
Is freezing a good method of saving your favorite Velveeta cheese?
You’re in luck, because freezing it is one of the best ways to preserve it.
Let’s learn how to freeze Velveeta cheese.
How To Freeze Velveeta cheese
Even though your first instinct might be to just put it in the freezer with nothing else, resist this impulse. There are a couple of things for preparation you should do first to ensure it will last as long as possible and doesn’t get freezer burned.
- First, you want to wrap it securely so that outside air can’t come into contact with the Velveeta. You don’t want any little freezer burn spots on your cheese, as this will affect its taste and texture.
- Once you’re done wrapping up the cheese, you want to place it in an airtight container or freezer bag. Be sure to get out as much air as possible because this will keep your cheese from drying out.
- After you’ve prepared the Velveeta cheese, you want to label it along with a date that’s at least a couple of months away from when you’re putting it in the freezer.
Depending on the type of Velveeta cheese you bought or the purpose you want to use it later on, you have several options for freezing it.
Freezing Velveeta cheese in blocks
Freezing the entire block of velveeta might be easiest method to do. You can follow the previous steps.
Once you’re ready to use it, take it out of the freezer and let it thaw in the fridge for a day or two.
Freezing the entire block of Velveeta cheese doesn’t require much preparation.
If you don’t use the whole block, refreezing isn’t a good option.
Defrosting takes more time.
Freezing Velveeta Cheese In Shreds
Another option is to freeze the cheese in shreds. This can be helpful if you want to use it for sauces, baking or dips.
There is one more important step I recommend doing in order to keep it from sticking together.
- Shred your cheese or if you already bought the shredded one, just spread it on a baking sheet or something similar that is freezer safe.
- Put it in the freezer for an hour or until it’s frozen.
- Once your cheese is ready, take it out and transfer them into freezer bags or containers.
- Be sure to label your cheese with a date at least 3 months away from today.
Shredding your cheese will make it easier to use in your recipes.
You will only defrost what you need and prevent waste.
More time and effort is required to prepare.
Freezing Velveeta Cheese Slices
The last option is freezing velveeta cheese slices. You can use the same method as for shredded cheese.
Pre-freezing will prevent the slices from sticking together, which comes in handy when you just want to grab a few slices to defrost.
Easier to just take out of the freezer what you need.
Slices are maybe better for sandwiches (even though the frozen cheese might not be as tasty as fresh).
It requires additional time and effort.
No matter what method you use, be sure to always prepare everything with great care so that you prevent any impurity which could support bacteria growth.
How to thaw Velveeta cheese?
The best way to thaw your Velveeta is in the fridge. Depending on the method you use, the purpose of the cheese, and the amount that you want to thaw, it will take anywhere from 0 to 24 hours or even longer.
If you use frozen shredded cheese for a sauce or baking, you can just add it frozen. In other cases, defrost it completely before using it.
If you’re short on time, you can place the wrapped-up block or bag into a bowl of cold or lukewarm water.
Note: Much like freezing cheese, thawing it at room temperature is not recommended.
How long does Velveeta cheese last in the freezer?
If you followed all the instructions listed above, your cheese normally lasts for several months in the freezer. This depends on how you wrapped it, what type of cheese it is, and how long ago you bought it.
The safest option is to follow the date label printed on your cheese package.
If you see mold, it most likely means that the cheese was not wrapped properly and oxygen allowed bacteria to grow. If this happens, you should discard the cheese.
What will happen to Velveeta cheese when you freeze it?
Some of you might wonder if it is safe to freeze cheese and what exactly changes. Well, it is absolutely safe, but the texture and taste change a bit.
This also applies to freezing other cheeses such as swiss cheese, mozzarella or parmesan.
Therefore, it may be better to use it only for cooking and not as a topping for bread or sandwiches.
But this depends on your personal preferences.
Can you freeze Velveeta cheese dip?
In general, this would work but the taste will suffer. Velveeta itself doesn’t recommend it either, as you can read in this Facebook post.
Can you freeze Velveeta cheese soup?
Yes, you can freeze it, but it will probably get grainy and separated. It also won’t taste as good as freshly cooked.
Can you refreeze Velveeta cheese after it has been thawed?
You shouldn’t refreeze the cheese as this will dramatically reduce the quality and taste.
Conclusion – Is freezing Velveeta cheese a good option?
Freezing Velveeta cheese can be a good option if you are looking for it to last longer.
However, it will affect the taste and texture.
If you want to use it only for cooking, this will not have that big of an impact, but in the case you plan on using it as a topping for sandwiches, it might not be the best option.
I hope this article was helpful to you guys. If you have any questions, I’ll be happy to answer them in the comment section.
Thank you for reading.