Cheese freezes well.
But it refrigerates even better.
I often keep unopened shredded cheese in the refrigerator for months after the date on the package. Once opened, it does need to be used quicker rather than later. If I know shredded cheese will be kept for months after its date, I will freeze it. I just got 6 2 pound packages of shredded colby jack for $2.99 each, so I did freeze all but 1 of them
Hard blocked cheese I keep unopened in the fridge for YEARS. I never freeze a good block cheese. If it is unopened and starts to mold, I cut off the mold and eat the rest. Sometimes a stray open block gets hidden in the fridge and it turns solid green. Then I throw it away, a very infrequent occurrence.
I have a grocerie store nearby that discounts their close to expired items instead of destroying them. I get great deals on many items I buy in bulk and figure out what to do with them later. Cheese is a great one, because of it's long shelf life.
I was inspired to look after seeing this post. Some examples of what have now:
$0.99 6 oz Gran Queso triangle block with a date of 10-19-2013 Great hard cheese. Good on a firm cracker with a slice of pear. I even have an open one that is hard as a rock, but not a spec of mold. I will melt this one someday into something great.
$0.99 7 oz. blocks of Havarti, Swiss and Gouda with dates of 5-9-2016 I got 25 of these when I bought them, still have about 10 left. Still have 1 of each in the fridge after freezing about half of them when I bought them in May. Both look great and are unopened and never frozen.
$0.75 6 oz. Sliced Grand Cru with a date of 11-30-2015 Great harder sliced cheese. This one I am almost just leaving to see how long before it shows signs of mold. None yet, but other packages of the same kind did show a little mold. Cut those out and ate the rest. Great on a sandwich.
$0.75 6 oz. Sliced Havarti with a date of 12-7-2015. Another experiment. This is actually a pretty soft cheese, but still looks very good. Very slight discoloration on the edges (no mold) so I will be eating this one soon.
$1.99 32 oz. block of Velveeta with a date of 9-5-2016. I know, this is NOT really cheese, but still relevant. I have 1 recipe for a great dip that uses an entire block of Velveeta. The dip freezes well, so for the first time I froze a couple of these blocks and have 1 in the fridge to make the dip this month. We'll see how it melts after being frozen, but at this price, it was better than getting 3 for the price of 1 so even if I toss the frozen 2, I am still a little ahead.
Freezing cheese is fine, but often not necessary. I prefer never frozen cheese.
Everyone enjoy your day.