The chances are, you use fresh mozzarella quite regularly in the kitchen if you are an avid cook. You probably use it for homemade pizzas, salads and any other meals that require a ball of fresh mozzarella. Even if you do not, a ball of fresh mozzarella has definitely made its way through your kitchen at some point or other. If this is the case, then you may be wondering if there is a way to save any leftover or whole balls of fresh mozzarella.
You can definitely freeze fresh mozzarella to preserve its life for future meals and edible purposes. But the answer is not as simple as that; there are a lot of things to consider. This guide will help you to understand the different ways that you can freeze fresh mozzarella depending on the type of mozzarella that you have.
You can buy mozzarella in many different states of packaging or freshness, so this guide will help you to identify which you have. Read to the very end too, because there will be a section dedicated to things that you need to consider when you are freezing your mozzarella.
How to freeze fresh mozzarella
All of the different types of mozzarella, big and small, come in the classic mozzarella ball shape that we are all familiar with. This makes it easier to understand what you have to do with the ball of fresh mozzarella that is sat in front of you in your kitchen.
As mentioned at the start, there are a few different ways that you can be left with leftover mozzarella, because of this we are going to break down the different ways that you can freeze mozzarella in its different states.
Here is a step by step guide to freezing whole balls of fresh mozzarella:
- Step one: take all the packaging out of the equation. In other words, pierce the bag that your mozzarella comes in, drain the liquid, then take the ball of fresh mozzarella out of the bag.
- Step two: take some cling wrap and wrap it around your mozzarella ball, making sure to wrap tight but not to squash the mozzarella. Repeat this for however many fresh mozzarella balls you want to freeze.
- Step three: take however many cling-wrapped mozzarella balls you have and place them into a freezer safe bag.
- Step four: expel all of the excess air from the freezer safe bag and then seal it.
- Step five: label your bag with a marker. Write the contents and the date that you are putting it into the freezer.
- Step six: place the freezer bag into the freezer and leave it there until you need some mozzarella.
But this is not the only way that you can buy fresh mozzarella. We’ve seen the method for balls of mozzarella, here is the method for freezing fresh mozzarella that is shredded:
- Step one: take a shallow baking tray that will easily fit into your freezer.
- Step two: sprinkle the leftover shredded mozzarella onto the baking tray and make sure it is spread evenly.
- Step three: place this baking tray into the freezer, uncovered.
- Step four: leave the uncovered shredded mozzarella in the freezer for around 30 minutes, not much longer. This is so that the individual shredded pieces can harden up separately from one another.
- Step five: scrape up the frozen shredded fresh mozzarella and place it all into a freezer safe bag. Since you already flash froze the mozzarella, you can rest assured that the shredded pieces will not all congeal and freeze together, which would defeat the purpose of shredded mozzarella.
- Step six: make sure you label the bag with the contents, date, and even the measurement of shredded mozzarella.
Both of these methods are relatively easy and as a result, you will have perfectly frozen fresh mozzarella that will be good to stay in the freezer for up to around five to six months. Try not to leave it in there any longer as there is a higher risk of freezer burn the longer you leave your fresh mozzarella in the freezer.
How to defrost frozen fresh mozzarella
Since the freezing process of fresh mozzarella was not too strenuous, it follows that the defrosting process is similarly not too difficult. All that is required is a little forward planning. If you are a good meal planner, then you may know what you are going to cook the day before. That’s perfect.
Ideally, you want to take your required amount of frozen mozzarella out of the freezer the night before you need to use it for a meal. That goes for both the shredded and whole balls of mozzarella. Remove your mozzarella from the freezer and take it out of the freezer bag. Place it in a bowl in the fridge and leave it to thaw overnight.
This is the most efficient and natural method of thawing out your fresh mozzarella that you have frozen.
Factors to consider when freezing fresh mozzarella
We have already mentioned a few things that you need to consider, like the form that your mozzarella was bought in. but there are a few more things that you should know when you are going to freeze your fresh store-bought mozzarella.
Since fresh mozzarella is a dairy based food containing milk, there are few things that the cheese may lose when it is frozen, the texture and the creaminess. This could be a problem. But the shorter time it spends in the freezer, the less of a risk this is. The loss of the texture of fresh mozzarella will not be a problem if you are going to be cooking it, for example on a pizza.
Just be wary of how long you leave your fresh mozzarella in the freezer, as you do not want to totally compromise the quality of your cheese with the risk of freezer burn.