Can you freeze cheesecake? Most people love cheesecake, but if not quite a lot of people come to your party, there will be leftovers. You can keep them in the fridge for a few days, but often you’d prefer to keep them for a longer period of time.
Or you might want to be able to bake cheesecakes in advance, even a few weeks before the celebration or festival. Luckily, you can freeze cheesecake, and many people (and companies like Trader Joe’s) do it successfully. Here are a few things to know before freezing this cake.
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Before freezing the cheesecake
If you plan to top the cheesecake with a frosting or topping, do so immediately before serving to your guests. Or at least once you’ve thawed the cheesecake. Freezing cheesecake with a topping is a bad idea. The process of freezing and thawing changes the texture of the topping in most cases. The topping or frosting won’t be nearly as good as it was before freezing.
Now that you know you can freeze the cake just without the topping, there are a few other things to know. Before you freeze the cheesecake, make sure it has cooled first. If your cheesecake doesn’t freeze well, meaning its texture changes and it’s no longer appetizing, take a look at your recipe. They say that classic cream cheesecake freezes very well, but if there’s a lot of sour cream in the recipe, the texture can change after thawing. If it’s not the sour cream, maybe another ingredient is causing it. You should try a different recipe if your cheesecake doesn’t freeze well.
How to freeze cheesecake
Don’t freeze cheesecake for too long. It’s suggested that it should be pretty good for two or three months, but most people say freezing for a month is the max. After that time, it starts to lose its taste and you might not be satisfied with its taste after thawing. You should try freezing cheesecake made using your favorite recipe for a month or two and see how it tastes. You don’t want to serve your guests cheesecake that tastes so good, do you?
Here are some of the options you have when it comes to freezing cheesecake.
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Freezing cheesecake baked in a springform pan
This way is good if you want to keep the cake in the springform pan. First, detach the cheesecake from the outer rim of the pan and remove the outer rim. Leave the cake on the bottom of the pan or transfer it to a wrapped cardboard cake base. Now wrap the whole thing in plastic wrap and then make an outer layer with heavy-duty aluminum foil or place in a freezer bag and squeeze all the air out of the bag. Now it’s ready to go in the freezer.
Freeze sliced cheesecake
If you only want to defrost a small part of the cake, this way is best for you. Cut the cheesecake into desired slices, wrap each one in foil, then place in freezer bags. You can also wrap the slices in aluminum foil (after wrapping them in the regular foil) and place them in an airtight container. This way the cake freezes fine and other products in the freezer cannot crush, press or warp it.
Freeze cheesecake in an airtight container
If you’re only planning on freezing cheesecake for a few days, I wouldn’t bother tightly wrapping it in a few layers of foil. Just put it in an airtight container and in the freezer. If you plan on keeping it there for more than a few days, packing it up is pretty much essential. The longer you plan on keeping it in the freezer, the better you should wrap it. Plain foil plus heavy aluminum foil or freezer bags should do the trick.
As you can see, you can freeze cheesecake. It freezes pretty well (sometimes you can even buy frozen cheesecake), and there are at least a few ways you can freeze it. If your cheesecake doesn’t freeze well, try changing up your recipe a bit or wrapping it better so the cold air doesn’t damage it as much. Since many people can successfully freeze it, so can you.