How Do I Freeze Mozzarella?

Kay Paddock

Mozzarella cheese comes in low-moisture and high-moisture varieties. Both can be frozen, but low-moisture cheese generally freezes better than the high-moisture type. Low-moisture mozzarella is typically shredded and used in dishes such as pizza, tacos or casseroles. High-moisture varieties generally are processed or fresh mozzarella that can be purchased in balls or bricks. Careful wrapping can help preserve the cheese in the freezer, though the texture may be different once it is thawed.

An appetizer platter including mozzarella.
An appetizer platter including mozzarella.

Shredded mozzarella can be frozen in the original package, or it can be removed and placed in airtight packaging, such as a sealed plastic bag. If you do not need to freeze mozzarella for very long, the original package can be put into a sealed bag before freezing. Cheese that will be frozen for up to two months might fare better in a more airtight package than the original one.

A caprese salad, which includes mozzarella.
A caprese salad, which includes mozzarella.

You can place the cheese in a sealing freezer bag and press the air out with your hands before closing it. Another method is to seal the bag except in one corner, and then roll it from the bottom, pushing air out as you go. A straw stuck in the open corner can also be used to carefully suck air out of the flattened bag in a sort of homemade vacuum seal. Removing as much air as possible can help you freeze mozzarella longer, and help maintain the original texture.

A bowl of bocconcini, small balls of fresh mozzarella.
A bowl of bocconcini, small balls of fresh mozzarella.

After you freeze mozzarella, the taste will probably not be different, but the texture may be drier and crumbly. How much it changes will most likely depend on the quality of the cheese. Additionally, some brands may not tolerate freezing as well as others, as they generally contain different amounts of moisture. Casseroles and pizzas are good options for using frozen mozzarella because the cheese will melt. Texture should not be much of an issue in dishes such as these.

Fresh or processed high-moisture mozzarella should probably be removed from the original packaging. This will allow you to wrap it in plastic wrap very tightly and keep air away from the surface better. After wrapping the cheese tightly and making sure it is completely covered, you may want to put that package inside a sealed freezer bag. Thin plastic bags that are not meant for freezing may not protect the cheese, so use one designed specifically for the freezer.

When you freeze mozzarella, the biggest problem you will usually face is dried out cheese. High-moisture cheese that should be smooth and creamy could end up slightly dry and crumbly after freezing. Careful wrapping and sealing should help reduce drying, but may not prevent it completely. If you want to get as close to the fresh texture as possible after thawing, you probably should not freeze mozzarella for more than one or two months.

Authentic Neapolitan pizzas are topped with fresh mozzarella made from buffalo milk.
Authentic Neapolitan pizzas are topped with fresh mozzarella made from buffalo milk.

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Discussion Comments


I've frozen shredded mozzarella lots of times and it's always been fine. I usually buy several bags of shredded mozzarella from the store when they're on sale. They're not the best quality mozzarella out there but they are a great option for homemade pizza and dips.

I don't even re-wrap these. I throw them in the freezer when I get home from the store and thaw them later when I need them.


@fify-- Fresh mozzarella is really the most difficult to freeze. It loses the most flavor during this process and the texture does change. I don't think that freezing with the liquid in will make any difference since the liquid is freezing as well.

If you're planning on using the fresh mozzarella in a recipe like soup or casserole as the article said, then it might work out. But you probably shouldn't freeze it for more than a month and make sure to remove all of the air. Otherwise, you'll risk having cheese with a freezer smell.


Will leaving the cheese liquid in before freezing prevent the cheese from becoming dry after thawing?

My husband bough a very large container of fresh mozzarella balls. There is no way that we can finish it all in a short time frame. So I want to freeze some of it. I am worried about the cheese losing its texture as a result though. The mozzarella balls are in a liquid though. I'm wondering if freezing the cheese with the liquid will make a difference.

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