In this article, I will explain to you how do you freeze good goat cheese. I will also tackle the benefits of goat cheese, how it’s made, why switch to goat cheese, and making homemade goat cheese.
Can You Freeze Goat Cheese?
Yes! You can definitely freeze goat cheese -- whether it be a solid block, spreadable, or smooth in form, goat cheese can be frozen. Just make sure that the cheese is moist when placed inside the freezer for better results (more on this later).
If you’re wondering about its taste, fresh goat cheese is not aged very long and is creamy in appearance with a salty, tangy and sour flavor.
How Do You Make Goat Cheese And What Makes It A Good Alternative To Other Cheeses?
Before I talk about the storage of goats cheese and can you freeze it, let me explain to you a brief process in making goat cheese and why it’s a good alternative.
Goat cheese is no different from other cheeses made with cow’s milk. However, it has a unique flavor -- it tastes salty, tangy, and slightly sour all at the same time. This flavor profile is great when combined with pecans, fruits, and bitter greens, like spinach and kale.
As a matter of fact, goat cheese is an excellent alternative to mozzarella used in pizzas. Instead of using parmesan in salads and pastas, you can use goats cheese as an alternative. Fancy a cheesecake? Goat’s cheese is a great alternative to cream cheese that is used in cheesecakes.
Making goat cheese is very easy. See steps below.
Steps In Making Goat Cheese:
1. Curdle the milk.
2. Press the curds to drain liquid.
3. Flavoring and shaping.
4. Aging and ripening.
Why Make The Switch To Goat Cheese?
1. It Has Fewer Calories
For those vegan and paleo dieters out there that don’t want to give up the cheese life, goat cheese is a good alternative to cheeses that are made with cow’s milk. Goat cheese is at 75 calories per ounce -- significantly less than mozzarella which is at 85 per ounce, brie 95 per ounce, Swiss 108 per ounce, and cheddar 115 per ounce.
2. It Has More Vitamins Than Cow’s Milk
Goat’s milk is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B, riboflavin, calcium, iron, phosphorous, magnesium, and potassium.
3. Easier To Digest
Yes, you may celebrate lactose-intolerant people! Goat’s milk has less lactose than cow’s milk. Even people who are allergic to dairy products can usually use goat’s milk without an issue.
For more information about this, you may read this article.
4. Goat’s Love Mother Earth.
Goats are apparently smaller than cows, so they require less food and space. Furthermore, goats can adapt to any environment where cows can’t: They’re great foragers who eat a variety of plants, herbs weeds, shrubs and leaves that cows won’t eat.
5. Goat’s Are Milk Making Machines!
They may be small in nature, but they pack a punch when it comes to producing milk. Give a cow and goat the same amount of food and the goat will produce a gallon more than the cow.
- Bonus: Nature’s firefighters
Sure, you know that goats eat a variety of greens -- it’s in their nature to eat a lot of plants. But do you know that they have a special affinity for plants that can potentially cause forest fires. Check out these firefighters in action!
Freezing Goat Cheese
Goat cheese is very popular with people nowadays. You can find unique shapes, textures, and flavors in the market. Goat cheese can be served in parties, gatherings, meetings, and other social events. It’s a great appetizer served with chips or crackers, and it also makes a great ingredient in recipes.
It makes sense to buy the goat cheese in bulk, right? Especially if you see it’s on sale at supermarkets. You can’t consume all of it in one party, so what will you do with leftovers? Can you freeze it?
The Process Of Freezing Goat Cheese
Our examples for the freezing process will be a spreadable goat cheese and solid blocks of goat cheese. Just follow these steps, and you will get your desired results without any problems!
Shall we start?
To Freeze Spreadable Goat Cheese
Step 1. If you bought goats cheese that’s still in its container, remove the lid and wrap the spread in itself with plastic wrap then cover it with the lid. This will help avoid freezer burn and prevent bacteria from contaminating the cheese.
Step 2. Before putting the container in the freezer, label it first with the date and time of storage. This step is important to keep track of how long the goat cheese has been frozen.
To Freeze Ssolid Blocks Of Goat Cheese
Step 1. If you're not going to use the block of cheese at once, you can separate the cheese into individual pieces. If you don’t do this bacteria will easily infect it, because of the sudden change of temperature every time you return it and use it again.
Step 2. If you decide to freeze it separately, you have to wrap every piece in double layers of plastic wrap to prevent freezer burn.
Step 3. After that, place the individual pieces of goat cheese in a freezer bag.
Step 4. Remove excess air from each bag and seal tightly. Label it with the date and time based on first freezing. Store it inside the freezer.
Step 5. For whole cheese blocks, just apply the same process to the individual pieces.
- Don’t refreeze the cheese! The consistency won’t be creamy, and it may affect the taste, it will also curdle and crumble down when cooked.
Thawing Goat Cheese
To thaw the spreadable goat’s cheese, place it in the chiller for a couple of hours or overnight for better results.
After it has thawed, remove the plastic wrap and carefully stir the cheese to maintain its creamy consistency. This will remove any excess water from the thawing process.
The process for the goat cheese blocks is just similar to the spreadable type.
Regardless of what size or shape your goat cheese is being thawed out, never thaw out the cheese on the kitchen counter at room temperature. This may cause bacteria and mold to grow on the cheese making it unable to consume. Always remember to consume the cheese within two or three days, after the freezing and thawing process.
Hopefully, I addressed some of your concerns on freezing goat’s cheese. If you're interested in consuming goat’s milk on a daily basis, find a local farmer that sells one and ask him/ her how to take care of a goat for its milk -- this will save you a great deal of money plus you can keep it as a pet. Got to goat!
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