Can You Freeze Burrata?

Burrata is a rich, succulent cheese from Puglia in southern Italy. It is generally made from cows’ milk but sometimes from buffalo milk. The outer casing is solid cheese and the inside is stracciatella and cream.

It is one of the most expensive cheeses out there because it isn’t produced in bulk and has a short shelf life. When you warm it up, it becomes soft and creamy. You will find that many Italians will eat it as it is without any embellishments but it can also be added to pasta, salad, pizza, crostini, or bruschetta.

It goes well with figs as well as tomatoes in a Caprese salad. You will find that it soaks up the flavors of salad dressings. 

Because it is so expensive, is it possible to freeze burrata so that you can save some for a later date? The answer is no, and in this article, we will tell you why you can’t freeze burrata and how to store it.

Why You Shouldn’t Freeze Burrata

Burrata has a creamy middle and will lose its consistency if frozen. Not only will it split but it will end up watery when you defrost it. As for the outer shell, freezing affects the flavor and it will be tasteless. All in all, it is pointless trying to freeze burrata.

How To Store Burrata

Once you open your burrata, you should use it all straight away as the flavor and texture deteriorate quickly. It means you have to plan ahead and make a dish that uses all the burrata. 

When you buy a pack of burrata, you can keep it in the fridge for a couple of days as long as you haven’t opened it. Just put it in the fridge as soon as you get it home. After this time, it will deteriorate in taste and texture very quickly even if you haven’t opened it. 

Does Burrata Freeze Well?

No, burrata doesn’t freeze well at all as it loses the delicious flavor and creamy texture. As it’s expensive, you will be wasting your money if you try to freeze it. You can put it in the fridge for a couple of days but it still won’t taste as good as if you ate it fresh. It may be a pain having to go shopping when you want burrata but if you plan ahead, you can make the burrata dish on your shopping day.

Generally, soft cheeses like burrata and cream cheese don’t freeze well. Cream cheese has a tendency to split. Hard cheeses, such as cheddar and parmesan freeze much better. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Hopefully, you now know why you shouldn’t freeze burrata but in case you have further questions, we have answered a few here.

Are burrata and mozzarella the same cheese?

No, they’re not. Yes, burrata is made from the stretched curd of mozzarella, but it isn’t the main substance. It forms the outer casing but inside the casing is a creamy filling of stracciatella and cream. Mozzarella cheese has a delicate flavor and a stringy texture. Burrata is softer, more flavorful, and higher in calories because of the cream.

Can you freeze mozzarella?

Mozzarella is a soft cheese that freezes relatively well. However, don’t freeze it in its brine. Drain this and then put the mozzarella in a freezer bag. If you are freezing more than one mozzarella ball, freeze them individually, otherwise, they will stick together. Squeeze out the air from the freezer bag otherwise, freezer burn will occur. Freezer burn will ruin the taste and texture of your mozzarella.

Is burrata gluten-free?

Yes, it is. This is because it doesn’t have any additives, preservatives, or artificial fillers.

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