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Freezing smoked cheese

I recently smoked some cheese, which turned out great by the way.  I had mentioned to the wife that we were going to keep it for a while and she froze it without telling me.  When she later got a piece of the pepper jack from the freezer and defrosted it, the texture was grainy and it crumbled fairly easily.  Has anyone else experienced a texture change in cheese after freezing?  It was sealed in a Foodsaver bag BTW.
A poor widows son.
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  • I never froze it but I'm not surprised it is crumbly. I have kept smoked cheese for months in  vac-packed bags with never a problem. You're just going to have to smoke some more!
    Cherry Hill, NJ
  • ShiffShiff Posts: 1,707
    We only freeze cheese that we intend to use in cooked dishes since it always gets crumbly when frozen.  I wish there was a better way to preserve it.
    Large BGE
    Barry, Lancaster, PA
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 11,106
    I wondered about this too after folks said they froze smoked cheese. Whenever I have frozen cheese in the past, the texture changed to that crumbly sort of texture, so I stopped freezing it. That wasn't vacuum packed though.

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • Agree with others... freezing cheese does not work well.
    Well, "spa-Peggy" is kind of like spaghetti. I'm not sure what Peggy does different, if anything. But it's the one dish she's kind of made her own.
    Aurora, Ontario, Canada
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