Dear Home-Ec 101,
I like to shred my own cheese. How do I keep it from clumping while I store it?
Louis the Lump
There’s a simple trick to store shredded cheese without clumping, whether it’s in the refrigerator or freezer. Simply add 1 – 2 tablespoons of corn starch to the freezer bag and shake vigorously to distribute it evenly. If you look at bags of pre-shredded cheese in the supermarket, you will see they have an anti-clumping agent, usually cellulose. Corn starch plays that role for home storage.
Don’t forget, when you shred cheese you dramatically increase its surface area which causes it to dry out quickly. Try to remove as much air from the bag as possible before storing. Be careful, squashing the bag could yield one giant clump.
Please remember this advice is meant to apply to your garden variety cheddar and Monterey jack style cheeses. Please don’t spend a ton of money on high-end $16 lb cheese and expect it to be as lovely after spending three months in the freezer.
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