Save money by shredding your own cheese

Gin Lee
Save money by shredding and slicing your cheese products/Gin Lee

Save money by shredding and slicing your cheese products

With today's economy, pinching pennies has become a real thing. Whether we like having to or not. Shredding and slicing cheese is just one way that I pinch pennies to make the most of my dollars, because let's face it, every penny does add up.

Yes, I know it's a complete hassle to shred and slice cheese. The first option most people choose probably is to buy cheese that's already pre-shredded and pre-sliced. However, by purchasing blocks of cheese and shredding and slicing it yourself, it does save money. Plus, it doesn't have all the additional preservatives in it, so you're actually going to purchase a better for you product.
Five pound loaf (brick) of white American garlic cheese/Gin Lee

I buy cheese in bulk, that is in five-pound blocks for each type of cheese that we use. I cook a lot and I use different types of cheeses. So I like making sure that I have plenty on hand. I also invested money on purchasing a stainless steel cheese slicer and bought different types of cheese graters. That consisted of a one time purchase and it's been worth it.
Shredding cheese/Gin Lee

Why does shredding and slicing your own cheese save money?

It saves you money because when you purchase cheese that's pre-sliced and pre-shredded, you're paying more for all the extra packaging. In actuality, you're getting less product, but more packaging.

Whether you buy five pounds of cheese or the smaller blocks doesn't really matter. Almost any type of cheese can be sliced and shredded at home. (Unless it's cottage cheese or nacho cheese in jars.)
Storing shredded cheese in freezer bags/Gin Lee

Cheese can then be packaged at home in freezer bags, etc. Then stored inside the refrigerator and even the freezer. I prefer to use quart-sized freezer bags to package my cheese after shredding it. Then I freeze the majority of the bagged cheese until it's needed.

Five pounds of cheese equals 27.3 (27-1/3) US cups and each quart bag I packaged had four cups of shredded cheese added to it. One cup of soft cheese equals six ounces. For semi-hard cheese, a cup of cheese would be the equivalent of four ounces.

I spent $15.99 for each five-pound loaf of cheese that I purchased at Walnut Creek Cheese. So the price per pound of weight was around 3.198.

Just for price comparisons on shredded cheese, at Kraft mozzarella shredded cheese, sixteen ounce (1 pound) bag was $5.18 and Kraft mild cheddar finely shredded cheese, an eight-ounce bag was $3.12. Whereas the current price for Great Value finely shredded sharp shredded cheddar cheese, sixteen ounces, is $7.48. That equals $3.74 a pound. Of course, different brands and different varieties of cheese vary in price at different stores and locations.

I couldn't find the actual type of cheese that I always purchase from Walnut Creek Cheese at Walmart. However, I did find Great Value finely shredded fiesta blend cheese, a five-pound bag for $17.68, which averages $3.54 per pound of cheese. And all in all, that was about the closest that I could find that was nearer to the price that I paid per a five pound loaf (brick).


When shopping, remember that pennies add up very quickly. Be wise and do price comparisons. Remember that you're paying extra for all that extra packaging.

I use a lot of cheese while cooking whether I am cooking Italian, Mexican, American, etc. So by buying cheese in bulk and shredding or slicing it at home, I actually do save me money.

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