Post was Updated on March 24, 2022
Are you asking yourself if you can freeze burrata? or looking for some ideas of what to do with the burrata leftovers? Read this article further to find what are the best methods of keeping for longer the Italian Burrata if you can’t eat all of it in one go. I will share with you a few variants, so you can pick the one that fits best for you.
Burrata is relatively a young cheese that was developed in the 20th century by two brothers (Lorenzo and Vincenzo Bianchini) in the south of Italy in the region of Apulia (also known as Puglia). This cheese has a roundish shape with a curled closure on top of it. It is made from cow milk but you can also find the burrata made from buffalo milk (it is absolutely delicious. If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a try to the buffalo burrata when you will have the occasion).
Quick Note: If you wonder how is the correct way to pronounce burrata then try the variant like are pronouncing Italians: [burˈrata].
If this is the first time when you’re tasting the burrata cheese, you will get impressed by it because it has an unusual texture for a cheese. The outer layer (casing) is made from solid cheese while on the inside, you will find a mix of stracciatella and cream. You may not like the burrata at first because you are not used to this combination of texture and taste, but I assure you that in a short time you will go crazy for the burrata cheese.
Can You Freeze Burrata?
So, can you freeze burrata? Not recommended! After defrosting the burrata will become mealy and watery, and you will lose the creaminess from the inside of it. It is best to eat it in one go rather than keep it stored for later. I will share with you my secret of making a perfect burrata recipe that will amaze you. It is absolutely delicious, it will leave you without any words. And it will take only 2 minutes to make it. Interested? Read Further.
How to Store Correctly
As we can’t freeze the burrata, let’s find out how to store it properly and how to keep it for longer. First of all, make sure that the packaging remained sealed and doesn’t have any holes in it. If it is sealed, then leave it in the original package and keep it in the fridge for up to 3-5 days, also check the expiration date on the package.
If you notice that the package is not sealed anymore, transfer the burrata cheese into an air-tight container the cheese itself together with the liquid. Close well the container and you can keep the burrata in the fridge for up to two days, but I will recommend enjoying it as soon as possible.
As this cheese is very delicate, you can keep it in the fridge for up to two days (shorter is better) after you will open the store package because if you will keep it for longer, the burrata will start losing its liquids. But of course, if you will keep the package sealed, you can keep it in the fridge until the “best-by-date” is indicated on the package.
Quick Note: Keep in mind that burrata is a fresh cheese that needs to be eaten as quickly as possible. So, the more you will leave the burrata in the fridge, the more it will lose its magic. I recommend eating it as soon as possible to enjoy its freshness.
How to Store Opened Burrata?
If you opened the package already and sliced the burrata, I highly recommend enjoying it in one go. You will ruin the burrata if you will keep it for longer. Read below for an easy and delicious way to serve this delicious fresh Italian cheese.
What to Do With The Leftovers?
Personally, my family loves so much burrata cheese that we almost don’t need to store the burrata because we don’t have any leftovers. So much we love the burrata cheese.
In order to avoid having the burrata leftovers, try to serve it as described: Wash a few fresh tomatoes.
Quick Note: If you are a visual person, I would suggest picking tomatoes of different colors for a better looking in the plate.
Then add a few fresh basil leaves or pour some dried oregano over all the ingredients, and in the end, add a little olive oil on top. That’s all. I guarantee you that you will want another piece of burrata instead of putting it into the fridge and keeping it for longer.
How to Get the Maximum Taste From the Burrata?
If you want to get really impressed by the taste of your piece of burrata, place the sealed package in the warm water of about 105°F / 40°C, and leave it for about 10 minutes before you plan to serve it. Or you can just take it from the fridge 30 minutes before serving to bring it to room temperature.
How to Defrost It Correctly?
As I said, I don’t recommend freezing the burrata cheese, but in some stores, you may find the frozen burrata that was frozen quickly and at high temperatures. If you bought one of these packages with frozen burrata, put the sealed package with burrata into the fridge at a temperature of about 39°F / 4°C and leave it overnight to defrost (no more than 12 hours). After the burrata will defrost, consume the burrata within 5 days from the defrosting date.
Or to make sure, about the storage instructions, check the package as they may differ from one manufacturer to another.
Pro Tip: Once you defrost burrata, don’t refreeze it because you will ruin this delicate cheese.
Does Freezing Affect the Texture?
Yes, after freezing and defrosting, the burrata will change its texture and taste. It will become mushier, and will lose its creamy and soft consistency. Because of that, I highly recommend enjoying eating burrata as soon as you opened the package.
Does Freezing Affect the Nutritional Value of the Burrata?
Freezing the burrata will not affect its nutritional values, but it will change drastically its texture and taste.
Answering Your Questions:
If you have not damaged the package, then follow the date “best before” indicated on the box. If you opened and sliced the burrata, I’ll recommend eating it as soon as possible, but make sure that you will eat it in less than 2 days, otherwise, the burrata cheese may start to go bad.
As it may differ from one manufacturer to another, follow the instructions on the package of the burrata for the exact instructions.
If you have some burrata leftovers, put them in an air-tight container that closes well, and keep the Italian burrata in the fridge for up to two days.
When the burrata will start going bad, you will notice that it will start to smell sour, like old milk. Also, the physical appearance will be changing. The burrata will be covered with a yellow and sticky film.
I hope that this article helped you to keep the burrata for longer, and I convinced you to enjoy this delicate Italian fresh cheese as soon as possible.