Cheese was on sale! The logical thing for me to do was to buy some and process it for future use because this family seems to be in an anti-cheese type mood these days. Only thing left to do was to shred it and freeze it so we can just pull as needed from the big deep freezer.
(BTW: the sale is over now as you can see by the dates on my baggies but it was $2.99/500gr block of cheese. I picked up 3 blocks: old cheddar, marble & pizza mozzarella. The deal was too good to pass up!)
Since someone pointed out to me that the pre-shredded cheese you buy at the grocery store has a powdery substance added to it, I have been waiting for a sale on cheese to make my own. At least I know it’s just cheese.
Tip: to shred your own, chill the blocks for a good hour before shredding, to make it easier on yourself.
While the cheese was chilling, I started prep by labeling my baggies with the amount, type of cheese and date it was frozen. I used sandwich sized Ziploc’s.
I chose to freeze the cheese in 1c portions as most recipes call for that much if not 2c at a time. Also, I only use about 1c of cheese when I make homemade pizza 😉 Each 500gr block made bout 6 cups loosely packed. For some reason my pizza mozzarella only made 5c – maybe it wasn’t as chilled as it should’ve been?
Once all the cheese was bagged with the air squished out (remember, air is the enemy in the freezer), I rolled/folded the excess bag over to make lil logs. I placed all them sandwich bags into a medium sized freezer Ziploc and tried to squeeze all the air outta that bag.
Do you process your own cheese to save money as well?