American cheese is known as a kind of classic processed cheese. The largest consuming market is obvious as its name, it’s nowhere else but the US.
The cheese can be a bit different in color or taste depending on the manufacturer, however, most of them have a medium-firm texture and a very low melting point.
That explains why you usually see the cook just place a piece of American cheese over ground beef in a burger and let the heat do its job: melt the cheese. American cheese is commonly sold under the sliced condition for convenient use.
Although this sort of cheese is popular and bring flavors to our dishes, also does contain some good certain nutrients like calcium and protein, it’s not recommended to eat American cheese regularly due to its high fat and sodium that have bad effect to our health, especially to those who are facing the risk of heart or kidney disease and obesity.
If you are stocking a big batch of American cheese at home, you should learn how long they can survive safely or what conditions and methods to store. But you don’t have to search for that knowledge by yourself, we will help you right in this article. Let’s get started.
How long does American cheese last?
Sliced American cheese can last 2-3 weeks in the fridge even if you have opened it or not. You can see a sell-by date on the label of the package, but don’t be too worried if your cheese expires while being stored since normally, the date from the manufacturers only inform the time that their cheese can retain the best quality, not the safety date.
The shelf-life time can be changed if you keep your American cheese in the freezer, it can be safe for about 8 months for peak quality and beyond that time just to be safe to consume, but maybe it’s when you will realize the decline in the texture or taste.
How to tell if American cheese goes bad?
Bad American cheese just appears if you store it improperly, especially for opened cheese. The easiest identification of the spoilage with eyes is the mold on the surface of the cheese. When you use your nose to smell, if the sliced cheese develops an unpleasant odor, means it’s inedible, then it’s time you need to discard them all.
How to store American cheese?
After purchasing some sliced American cheese at the grocery, you better pop them in the fridge for better storage than leaving them at room temperature.
As explained, American cheese has a low melting temperature so if you carelessly keep the cheese in a place that easily exposes the heat and light, then your cheese tends to go bad soon. Besides, shouldn’t open the package of the cheese until you are ready to use it.
Freezing is also an ideal choice to extend the life span of American cheese up to a year. If you have a freezer at home, don’t hesitate to store your cheese in there for long-term storage.
Can you freeze American cheese?
Yes, you can freeze American cheese to make it last up to 8 months to a year. Just follow the instruction below for further information.
How to freeze American cheese?
Now you are going to learn how to freeze American cheese properly in just some simple steps. Please pay your attention to each type of American cheese so that you can know the correct freezing method for each case.
Tips to freeze American cheese
- Make sure all the containers or bags that contain cheese are squeezed as much air as possible and sealed tightly
- If you slice or grate the cheese for your later purpose, just divide them into the suitable portions used for each meal so that thawing process won’t be a challenge
- It’s better to use grated cheese as soon as possible as this kind can turn brittle over time in the freezer
Things you’ll need to freeze American cheese
- A freezer-safe container or bag
- A sharp knife
- Aluminum foil/ cling wrap
How to freeze American cheese
Freeze American cheese slices
- The slices of cheese are usually packed individually when buying so just place the packs of sliced cheese in the freezer bag
- Label the bag and stick in the freezer
Freeze Pre-Sliced American Cheese Blocks
- Place the unopened packs of pre-sliced cheese blocks to a freezer container (if they are opened or leftover, warp them in aluminum foil then put in a freezer bag)
- Label the container/ bag and stick in the freezer
Freezing American Cheese Slabs
- Cut the cheese into smaller pieces and wrap each piece with cling wrap
- Put them in a freezer bag
- Label the bag and stick in the freezer
Freezing Grated American Cheese
- Spoon the grated cheese into a freezer plastic bag
- Label the bag and put in the freezer
How to defrost/ thaw American cheese?
The method to thaw your frozen American cheese is as easy as the way you freeze it. Just simply transfer the bag or container of frozen cheese from your freezer to the fridge and leave it overnight for gradual thawing process.
Once the cheese is completely thawed and soft enough, it’s ready to be cut and use per your chosen recipe, no reheating needed.