Feta cheese is the white crumbly cheese often found in Greek dishes. Made from goat's milk, feta has a salty, tangy flavour. It can be stored in the freezer and thawed for future use.
How to Freeze
Feta can be frozen in whole blocks or crumbled. Slice the block or divide the crumbled cheese into smaller portions so that you only thaw the amount you need. Wrap the cheese in cling film, making sure it is airtight. Store the wrapped cheese in a freezer set at -17.8 degrees C or below.
How to Defrost
Keep the cheese in the cling film and thaw in the refrigerator. The taste will not be affected, but the texture may change slightly. Cheese that has been frozen is best used crumbled or in cooked dishes. Do not refreeze thawed cheese.
Other Storage Options
Fresh feta should be wrapped in lightweight paper, placed in a plastic bag and stored in the refrigerator. You can purchase blocks of feta packed in brine solutions which will last up to three months in the refrigerator. You can also marinate feta by cutting or crumbling the cheese into a jar and then covering with olive oil. Marinated feta is tasty in salads and does not need to be refrigerated.
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- Professors House: Feta Cheese