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I am thinking about buying a larger amount of Parmesan and freeze it for later use. Is this possible? How long can I keep it for? How is the taste/texture affected?

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Yes, you can freeze parmesan cheese. Even without freezing, Parmesan is very durable since the low water and high salt content prevents mould from growing. The younger varieties may be more prone to mould growth (having a higher water content), but I've kept ripe Parmesan (30-36 months) for at least a year in the fridge without problems (and it would probably have stayed good much longer). Just remember to keep it wrapped in paper, not in a sealed plastic container to prevent a buildup of condensation.

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Thanks for your reply! –  Sven May 23 '12 at 16:43
    
Personally I wrap in a paper towel and then in a plastic bag, occasionally changing out the paper towel to prevent moisture buildup. I do this because when it's sealed in a plastic bag, I can toss it in the fridge wherever I like instead of carefully wrapping in paper and placing it on a nice flat surface. –  Jonathan May 23 '12 at 20:16

I'm not going to add much as Tor-Einar Jarnbjo's answer was very thorough but just to note that you can also freeze parmesan rinds to add to soups and stews for an easy umami boost.

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There is absolutely no need to freeze it. Keep it dry and cool and everything will be just fine.

I make artisan cheeses...cool and dry is how it is aged and is all it requires.

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