Nachos and cheese sauce make a great snack for movie nights, parties and get-togethers. Nacho cheese sauce also has the bonus of being versatile, which means it goes with almost every dish that has cheese in it.
When you can use one ingredient for many dishes, you often buy it in bulk. Same goes with cheese sauce, I use it very often, so I buy cheese sauce in bulk because it is easier and cheaper.
Not all the food items can be bought in bulk. Thankfully, you can refrigerate nacho cheese sauce for later use and thaw it again when needed.
However, there are a few steps that are important when refrigerating nacho cheese sauce, or else it will be spoilt. Also, homemade nacho cheese sauce has a much shorter shelf life than that of store-bought cheese sauce.
So, I prefer purchasing the cheese sauce instead of making from scratch. I buy Anita Cheese Sauce from Pure Dairy when it comes to cheese products in Australia, and I trust no other brand but theirs.
It is ready to use liquid cheese sauce made from a selection of quality Australian cheeses, and you can easily buy it online. It is creamy, buttery and super yummy.
Today I will talk about the ways to freeze both homemade and store-bought cheese sauce.
Freezing Store-Brought Cheese Sauce
The ready-to-use cheese sauce is easy to use and easier to store than a homemade cheese sauce. They are often sold in glass bottles or plastic containers, so the first thing that you have to do is check the label to know if the container is freezer-safe or not.
If it is freezer-safe, you have nothing to do much. You can freeze the jar after every use. But if the container is not freezer-safe, you have to transfer the sauce to a freezer-safe container, but make sure the container you use is airtight.
Do not fill the container completely, leave some space. Put the container in another resealable plastic and put in the freezer.
Freezing Homemade Cheese Sauce
When refrigerating homemade cheese sauce, the first thing to do is let the nacho cheese sauce cool completely at the room temperature.
Once the nacho cheese sauce is cooled completely, you need to pour it into an airtight container. You can either use a freezer-safe glass, a plastic container, or a resealable plastic bag would work also.
While pouring the sauce, leave about an inch of space so that it does not leak, even after expanding. Seal the container then wrap it in another resealable plastic bag.
One thing that you need to keep in mind when you are freezing cheese sauce is writing the date on the package.
Freezing is a great way to preserve cheese sauce for the future but to retain the quality of cheese sauce, here are some tips:
- Store cheese sauce at 0 degrees.
- Divide the cheese sauce into small portions, so that you don’t have to defrost the massive package of cheese sauce and freeze it again for future.
- Use two bags to pack nacho cheese sauce; this helps you to prevent freezer burn.