Mascarpone cheese can be frozen and is best kept in the freezer for up to 2 months. However, the liquid can separate from the solids. This may result in the cheese to crumble when thawed, becoming less enjoyable. To restore the texture of the cream cheese simply whip the thawed cheese. To freeze mascarpone, you will need aluminium foil, cling film, and a freezer bag or airtight container.
It is very versatile and can be used to make a variety of sweet and savoury dishes. Typically, it is used to make desserts such as tiramisu, trifle, and tarts for a rich and creamy texture.
The process of making the delicious cream cheese is not hard but it can be time-consuming. Many people will make a large batch in advance and then freeze it in small portions. Other times, you might find it hard to finish the store-bought goods in a short time frame. This is when freezing cream cheese can come in handy.
How to Freeze Mascarpone
Remove the leftover cheese from its packaging. Using a spoon, scoop the desired amount of cheese onto a sheet of aluminium foil.
Wrap the cheese in aluminium foil. The tighter this is, the better, as the cheese will be able to retain its shape and liquid content.
Take the foil-wrapped cheese and wrap a layer of plastic cling film around it tightly. If you don’t have a cling film, this step can be skipped. The cling film helps to reduce the chances of freezer burn.
Put the mascarpone in a plastic zip-lock freezer bag, ensuring that air is removed. Press down on the bag while locking the bag to remove any excess air.
Place the bag inside the freezer against the walls to quickly freeze the cheese. Rapid freezing will help the cheese to retain its nutrients better and avoid ice crystals from forming. After 24 hours, or once the cheese becomes entirely solid, it can be placed elsewhere in the freezer.
Frozen cream cheese can last approximately 2 months from the date of freezing. To thaw cream cheese, place it in a refrigerator overnight, or until the cheese becomes soft.
If you are freezing unopened store-bought cheese, the plastic tub can be directly put into a freezer. If there is a lot of leftovers, we suggest dividing this into small portions. This should be roughly how much you would like to use for each time as it is not recommended to refreeze cream cheese.