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Can you freeze homemade cheese ring/balls?

Posted by murphy_zone7 (My Page) on
Tue, Nov 20, 12 at 6:40

I am wondering if I can freeze the following recipe with good results: Obviously not the preserves or crackers. I would just like to make to the ring stage, freeze, then take out, thaw, and serve.
Cheese Ring
1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded
6 ounces (approx. 1 1 1/2 cups) finely chopped pecans
1 cup mayonnaise (can vary depending on taste use enough to "bind" the ingredients together)
1/2 cup onions, finely diced
Dash cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Jar of strawberry preserves (optional, recommended 12 oz.)
Crackers
Combine cheese, pecans, onions, and mayonnaise in a mixing bowl. Add in the cayenne and black pepper. Mix thoroughly until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Transfer mixture to a plate and shape by patting the mixture flat and forming a rim around the edge. (If you have a mold, you may use that instead to form the ring, if desired.) Refrigerate until chilled, approximately 2 hours.
Fill the center of the ring with the preserves when you are ready to serve. Serve with crackers. Serves approximately 6-8 people.
FYI This the recipe for the Plains cheese ring made famous by President and Mrs. Carter who were from Plains, GA.
Thanks for any input
Murphy


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RE: Can you freeze homemade cheese ring/balls?

Others may have a different opinion but I found a texture issue the one and only time I tried to freeze a cheese ball. Mind you I have made them a full week, or more, in advance an kept refrigerated.

My favourite cheese "ball" is one I make up with all the bits and bobs of cheese I find myself. I use cream cheese as the base and add grated "everything in the cheese bin" add mayo, a bit of Tabasco and chopped onion. I place in crocks and serve as a spread. Great way to use up cheese and it keeps really well. The last batch I made lasted 2 weeks.


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RE: Can you freeze homemade cheese ring/balls?

Some cheeses freeze well....well actually all cheese freezes well...it's in the defrosting where we get into trouble!!
I freeze blue cheese all the time, defrost in the refrigerator and all is well, no loss of texture. But cream cheese gets crumbly, as does mozzerella.
I think ti has to do with the fat content...I suspect that with all the added mayo, your cheese ball would be fine....but I don't know as i have never frozen a cheese ball. BUT, I have seen them in the speciality case at some stores....but maybe they were made of "faux cheese"..LOL!


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RE: Can you freeze homemade cheese ring/balls?

Thanks Chase and Linda. I just wanted to get ahead and make up about 3 of these. Have several occasions that require a "finger food" type of thing coming up in the next couple of weeks.
I have frozen chunks of cheese before but Linda is right...it sometimes just doesn't work and I won't risk it this time.
Will prepare as I go or make something else.
Happy Thanksgiving!


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RE: Can you freeze homemade cheese ring/balls?

Also, you're never supposed to freeze mayonnaise.

I definitely would not freeze that recipe.

However, about freezing cream cheese? I do it all the time. I leave it in the original package, and put it in a ziplock bag. Freeze. When you defrost, the cream cheese will have a very splintery texture. It's fine for using in recipes. If you want to serve it as a spread or for a dip--all you have to do is let it come to room temperature and then beat it with your electric mixer for 5 minutes or so. It will smooth out and be fine.


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RE: Can you freeze homemade cheese ring/balls?

Back in the day when I made lots of cheese balls during the holidays, I found they kept well for weeks just wrapped well and put in the refrigerator.

BTW, that cheese ring with the strawberry jam is soooo good!

Teresa


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RE: Can you freeze homemade cheese ring/balls?

The cheesed ball I make won't keep more than 4 or 5 days in the refrig...because it contains blue cheese and the whole thing starts to turn to blue fuzz!


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