Every Christmas, I bake cheesecakes to distribute as gifts for family and close friends. That means a lot of cheesecakes and a lot of time required to do the baking. I needed to bake ahead of Christmas but I was worried that my cheesecakes would spoil, which brings up the issue: can you freeze cheesecakes?
Yes, you definitely can. Freezing a cheesecake is quite an easy task but for it to last even longer and still retain its original characteristics, you will have to follow some steps on how to properly freeze a cheesecake.
Generally, cheesecakes freeze amazingly well. You can freeze them for a month and they will still taste good. That is the beauty of cheesecakes. You can bake it ahead and store it in the freezer. It’s a great time-saver.
Can You Freeze Cheesecake?
When freezing cheesecakes, it is important to know that the type of cheese used to bake it could affect its shelf-life. Speaking from my own experience, cheesecakes made from full-fat cream cheese freeze better than the ones baked with light cream cheese.
If you have a cheesecake made from light cream cheese, it would be better to consume it rather than save some for later because freezing it might alter its taste and texture.
You could freeze either a whole cheesecake or just a slice of it. However, the former is more recommended because freezing slices increases the surface area of exposed cheesecake, which also increases the probability of the cheesecake being freeze burned.
To avoid freeze burn, do not leave the cheesecake in the freezer for more than a month. Freezing it for too long may cause the cheesecake to lose its moisture and sour its cream.
After freezing, do not leave the cheesecake to thaw on the kitchen counter. Like any other food, bacterial growth may increase when cheesecake gets exposed to air.
Lastly, always freeze cheesecake without any garnish. You may add the toppings after thawing. Once cheesecake has been thawed, it has to be consumed within two days.
How To Freeze Cheesecake?
Cheesecake is meant to be eaten, but sometimes it’s also nice to have one in stock, just like beer. Here are the steps on how to properly freeze cheesecake:
- Set aside cheesecake to cool off first before freezing.
- You may use a baking pan or a spring form pan in freezing cheesecake. Either way, put the cooled cheesecake on the pan and put it in the freezer until it is firm. Do not cover the pan.
- When frozen, remove cheesecake from the freezer and cover it with an aluminum foil or a plastic food wrap.
- After covering it, place it inside a freezer bag. Make sure to squeeze out air as much as possible before sealing it. Less air means less chances of bacteria and freeze burn.
- Put a label and date your cheesecake so you could keep track of time.
- When thawing it, put it inside the refrigerator and leave it overnight. You may add the garnish after thawing.
There you have it! Your cheesecake can now last up to a month. Don’t forget to take it out after that or else you may end up with a sour and dry cheesecake.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you may want try this jiggly Japanese cheesecake. It has a soft and fluffy texture, like cheesecake clouds.
Another unique flavor is this Nutella cheesecake. Made with dark chocolate, Oreo cookies, white cream, and Nutella, this treat is truly irresitable.
And of course, nothing can beat the classic cheesecake. It’s no wonder why the Cheesecake Factory is so popular.