Does freezing polenta substantially change its consistency? I like polenta but would prefer to make it in batches instead of every time I want to eat it. After I make it, I usually let it cool, cut it into shapes, and then pan-fry it.
Sounds like you want to pop frozen slices into a frying pan? That should work just fine. The slicing allows for quick freezing, which decreases the size of water crystals and the effect they have on food. And quick frying keeps the disturbance of the polenta to a minimum.
In general, basic polenta should be fine, since starch, the many component to consider, responds alright to freezing. Recipes with cream make things more complicated. Freezing and reheating cream can lead to separation, so reheating a big block in a pan could leave you with pools of oil.
Sounds like polenta freezes very well for up to 3 months. It sounds like you need to make sure it cools to room temperature first, and as with everything you put in the freezer, make sure it's tightly wrapped.
Scarpone Brand Polenta roll says specifically not to freeze
Yes the tube polenta says not to freeze but thy mean do not freeze while still in the package. I have frozen slices before and they are fine.