Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Can you freeze Brie? Maxx Sherman says "Yes"



I have been asked this for many years and I always say no, because I think that it is a violation of my cheese ethics to freeze cheese.

So I finally tried it with several of our brie and camembert cheeses. I kept the cheeses in the freezer for two weeks. To my surprise, and frankly, my dismay they were all perfectly ripe when I defrosted them.

As I just noted, I was terribly disappointed when I defrosted them on Tuesday, two weeks after freezing them. They were all as perfect as the day that I froze them. One exception was the Le Petit Bleu; it became a bit grainy but the flavor was fine.

So yes, you can freeze brie and camembert. I checked them again 4 days later after defrosting and they tasted fine. Please don't ask me to see what happens if you freeze them twice!

And even though our experiment was a success, I still recommend enjoying our cheeses when they are ripe which occurs around 28 days prior to the "Best Buy" date. My favorite time is between 21 to 15 days prior to the "Best Buy" Date.

2 comments:

  1. Hullo from Vancouver, Canada. I found this post when I was looking for advice about freezing soft-ripened cheeses. I had just held an informal cheese tasting of Brie and Camembert - see the story on my website
    http://www.reviewfromthehouse.com/sipping-and-supping/food-thought/sassys-taste-soft-ripened-bloomy-rind-cheeses
    and have quite a bit over. Apart from making a quiche, and using it in an omelette I thought I would try freezing some. Your post has encouraged me to try. Thanks

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