Can You Freeze Ricotta Cheese?

A small bowl of fresh ricotta cheese garnished with a basil leaf.

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Can you freeze ricotta cheese? The answer is yes! This helpful recipe outlines the best ways to freeze and re-use leftover ricotta cheese for sweet and savory recipes.


  • Leftover fresh ricotta, any amount


  • Fresh ricotta can be left in the original packaging or scooped into any freezer-safe container (like a glass jar or Tupperware).
  • An unopened container of ricotta from the store can just be frozen in the container. 
  • To defrost any type of frozen ricotta, put it in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. Stir the ricotta vigorously to make it less water and bring back the creamy texture. 
  • Once ricotta is defrosted, it should be used within 2 days.  Once defrosted, you'll need to use the whole portion of ricotta. It shouldn’t be put back in the freezer. If necessary, you can split ricotta up into small portions before freezing.
  • Ricotta can be frozen for up to 3 months. After that, the flavor and texture will deteriorate. 



To freeze other types of ricotta with a firmer texture, (like ricotta salata) wrap the cheese very tightly in several layers of plastic wrap and placed in a freezer-safe bag to avoid freezer burn. Some people like to first use a piece of parchment, so that plastic is not directly touching the cheese.