A deliciously rich and creamy dessert, cheesecake comes in a range of types and flavors. Whether you are baking your own cheesecake or buying a premade one, any cheesecake leftovers are definitely too good to waste.
Here is the ultimate guide on how to store cheesecake to keep its texture, taste, and flavor as good as fresh.
Types of Cheesecake
Although cheesecake comes in a variety of flavors, from fruity, caramel, and chocolate to vanilla and pumpkin, there are three main ways in which one can prepare a cheesecake.
#1. Baked Cheesecake
This version is cooked in the oven and then left to cool at room temperature and further set in the refrigerator before ready for serving. Baked cheesecakes can be made with or without a crust.
#2. No-bake Cheesecake
No-bake cheesecake is a mix of creamy dairy ingredients that are left in the refrigerator to set, without baking. These may or may not include eggs or sour cream. Most recipes include a graham cracker crust, however, it can also be served in a glass or dish without a crust.
#3. Cheesecake With Toppings
Cheesecakes with toppings can be either baked or no-bake. These delicious recipes include a layer of fresh fruit topping added to the dessert once cooled, just before serving. Other toppings include chocolate ganache, caramel, whipped cream, a layer of fruit jelly, and nuts.
Can Cheesecake Be Frozen?
Yes, you can absolutely freeze cheesecake! Cheesecake can be kept in the freezer for up to a month if stored correctly. Freezing cheesecake for longer than one month is not recommended to ensure the best quality and texture.
Can You Freeze No Bake Cheesecake?
No-bake cheesecakes made without eggs can be frozen.
If eggs are used in a cheesecake recipe, the cheesecake should be cooked to avoid bacterial contamination. It is, therefore, best not to use a recipe that includes raw eggs when planning to freeze and thaw a no-bake cheesecake.
When you freeze no-bake cheesecake, make sure it is completely set in the fridge for 4 to 6 hours before preparing it to go into the freezer. Do not add any toppings or garnishes before freezing.
This should only be added once the cheesecake has been thawed and is ready to be served.
How To Freeze A Whole Baked Cheesecake
Step 1: Cool Completely
Once your baked cheesecake comes out of the oven, you have to wait for the cheesecake to cool. The first step is to set it aside at room temperature until fully chilled. Then, place it in the fridge for a few hours to set the cheesecake completely.
A fully set and well-chilled cheesecake will be easier to remove from the baking pan. Some cheesecake recipes will require the cheesecake to be left in a turned-off oven for an hour before cooling further at room temperature to avoid cracking.
Step 2: Remove From Tin
If you have baked the whole cheesecake in a springform pan, remove the tin’s outer rim and leave the cheesecake sitting on the bottom of the tin. Alternatively, use a knife to separate the cheesecake from the bottom of the baking pan and slide it onto a foil-wrapped piece of heavy cardboard to provide a firm base structure.
Step 3: Wrap in Clingfilm
Wrap the entire cheesecake, including the foil base or springform pan bottom, with several layers of plastic wrap.
Tip: If you like to slice the cheesecake before freezing, cut the cake into slices and place a piece of wax paper between each slice before reassembling the full cake on the tin base or cardboard round.
This allows slices to separate easily on defrosting. Once reassembled, wrap the entire cake with clingfilm layers.
Step 4: Wrap in Foil
Wrap the entire cake again in a layer of foil. The less air comes into contact with the cheesecake, the better the quality will stay. If needed, label and date your wrapped cake before placing it into the freezer.
Bar fridges with freezer compartments may not be cold enough to keep the cheesecake well frozen. When you freeze your cheesecake, it is recommended to place it in a proper freezer as opposed to a freezer compartment.
How To Freeze Individual Cheesecake Slices
Your cheesecake will thaw faster if you cut it into slices before freezing. Freezing a cheesecake in individual slices also allows you to take only as many slices as you need from the freezer at a time.
Step 1: Refrigerate
Ensure that your cheesecake completely cools and has been refrigerated for a few hours before preparing it to go into the freezer. A cold cheesecake is firmer and easier to slice.
Step 2: Remove Toppings
Remove any toppings such as fruit or cream from the top of the cheesecake as these will spoil.
Step 3: Cut and Wrap
Cut the cheesecake into slices. Wrap each slice individually in two layers of plastic wrap and then in another single layer of foil.
Step 4: Airtight Container
Place slices in an airtight container or heavy-duty resealable (zip lock) bags and into the freezer. Label and date the container if needed. Ensure the slices are not damaged by other items pressing against them.
Tip: Make individual mini-cheesecakes in their own foil cups for easy freezing, defrosting, and serving. Prepare for freezing as you would with slices.
How To Thaw Cheesecake
For the best results and food safety, cheesecake should be thawed in the refrigerator overnight. Here is exactly how to defrost frozen cheesecake to ensure it is as good as a freshly made one.
Step 1: Place in Refrigerator
Take the cheesecake out of the freezer and place it straight into the refrigerator. Keep the plastic wrap on the cheesecake and leave in the fridge overnight.
Step 2: Transfer to Serving Plate
When partially thawed, you can transfer the cheesecake from the tin or cardboard base onto a serving plate if desired.
Step 3: Remove From Fridge
Remove the cheesecake from the fridge and place it at room temperature for 2 to 4 hours allowing it to thaw completely and keep the consistency intact.
Step 4: Add Toppings
Add toppings to the cheesecake if desired. The cheesecake should be eaten within two days.
Tip: Do not microwave your cheesecake to defrost it. This will spoil the consistency.
Store-bought frozen cheesecakes are meant to be kept in the freezer. If you purchase a frozen cheesecake from the store, follow the packing instructions for defrosting and expiration date details.
Whether one large cheesecake, mini-cheesecakes, slices, New York style cheesecake or any other type, this is a very versatile dessert and can last for up to one month in the freezer. Since cheesecake freezes well, you can save your delicious leftovers and keep the texture, consistency, and flavor intact by simply ensuring that it is well-wrapped. Make sure to keep air out and store it at a consistent frozen temperature. If you want to freeze no bake cheesecake, use the same method as for baked cheesecake.
The best part about freezing individual leftover slices or mini-cheesecakes is that you can add different toppings whenever you decide to indulge in a piece of sweet cream cheese decadence. You can also make your cheesecake recipe in advance if you know you are going to be tight for time, and be assured your guests won’t even know it was in the freezer. Bon appétit!
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