Can You Freeze Ricotta Cheese? Everything You Need To Know
You might be wondering all this time if you actually can freeze a Ricotta cheese or even a leftover of it. If you are, then you have the same question I had in my mind before, and if you read on, you’ll find out how I had this figure out.
What is Ricotta Cheese?
Let us first find out what Ricotta cheese is made of.
Ricotta literally means re-cooked or cooked twice. It is actually a leftover after producing a cheese such as Mozzarella and Provolone; it can be made of ship, goat or cow milk whey.
Whey is the watery part of milk that remains after the formation of curds and it stands as the main ingredient in making a Ricotta cheese.
If you are a ‘Do It Yourself’ person, then you might want to know how to make your own Ricotta cheese, you can refer to the video link below for a complete recipe of a homemade Ricotta cheese.
Where does Ricotta Cheese start from?
It has been believed that Ricotta Cheese has originated from Rome and Italy as people there have invented many kinds of dessert using the soft cheese like Ricotta cheese.
And as Italian food had increased its popularization, Ricotta cheese has also been knownfor it is one of the best cheeses to use in Italian’s pasta dishes like lasagna and ravioli.
Where to use Ricotta at its best?
As to the many uses of Ricotta cheese, many people believes that it is best to use when making a Lasagna and Cheesecake; and since Ricotta is a soft cheese and has less taste compared to other cheese, it adds moist and lessens the fat on your food.
An already frozen Ricotta cheese is also best to use as an ingredient in the food that needs cooking, so the change in its texture won’t be noticeable.
But as many people suggest that a better result will be achieved if you freeze your dish containing Ricotta cheese rather than freezing the cheese itself, which will mostly apply if you are going to use Ricotta cheese in a single dish.
Can You Freeze Ricotta Cheese?
Definitely Yes! Like any other cheese, Ricotta cheese can be frozen to extend its life so you can use it for the latter. Although freezing it won’t directly affect the taste, the texture will turn into ice since its original texture was a bit watery already.
If you don’t mind a change in the texture of your cheese, then using a frozen Ricotta on your next dish won’t be a problem.
As much as I know freezing Ricotta Cheese may save your time and money, prolonging the life of your cheese will still depend on how you will store it.
How to Freeze Ricotta Cheese?
If you bought a Ricotta cheese on the market which is probably packed in a container ready for freezing already, but will not consume it yet, you can put it directly into the freezer with the pack remains unopened.
However, if you’re going to freeze a leftover Ricotta cheese, putting it in an airtight container or freezer bag will help it freeze properly and prolong its life.
Before freezing a leftover Ricotta cheese, make sure to drain any whey left in the package. Stirring it with a spoon before transferring to the container or bag will make it freeze evenly.
When you have a huge amount of leftover Ricotta cheese, it will be a lot better if you divide it into portions. If using an airtight container, I recommend you use a clear and small container like these “food storage containers” while if you opt to use a freezer bag, you can try these “portion pouch rolls” so portioning it won’t be a hassle anymore.
Make sure also to put a label on each pack such as the date when you freeze it. The more proper you store it the longer the life and the quality of your Ricotta cheese will last.
How to Thaw Frozen Ricotta Cheese?
The safest way to thaw your frozen Ricotta cheese is to transfer it from freezer to the bottom part of your refrigerator, where it can be thaw slowly but remains at a cold temperature to avoid the formation of any bacteria.
There is a big chance that frozen Ricotta cheese will be watery as I’ve said earlier regarding the change of its texture. In this case, you will need to use a fork or a blender to mix the separated curds with the liquid part caused by freezing and thawing.
How to tell whether a Ricotta cheese is already spoiled?
Most cheese like Ricotta would last in the freezer for a month still maintaining its good quality, and if you happen to store your Ricotta cheese in the freezer for more than a month.
The first thing to check if it is still good for consuming is its appearance, if you see any molds formation, it’s a sign that the cheese is spoiled already.
While unlike a hard cheese where you can just cut off the affected part, it’s better to just throw away a Ricotta cheese that forms even a small mold already.
Another sign of a spoiled Ricotta cheese is a bad odor since it is mainly made of milk, check if it already produces a sour smell just like spoiled milk.
It will also be better if you will schedule the use of your frozen Ricotta cheese, one way of saving it from being stored for a long period of time.
So is it really possible to freeze Ricotta cheese? The answer is yes. While I recommend that it is still much better to consume cheese at its freshest phase, there are still times that we need to freeze it.
The success of freezing a Ricotta cheese and using it still at its best will depend on how you properly freeze and thaw it.
I hope this article answers your questions about freezing Ricotta cheese. Should you have any question or any related information you want to share, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!