Last Updated on December 31, 2021 by Guillermina
Freezing Cheesecake Slices
Leftover cheesecake? If there are some slices of cheesecake that escaped your hungry diners, you’ll be happy to know you can freeze them!
Yup, you read right. It might sound crazy, but freezing cheesecake slices is possible and works really well. But first, let me give you some history into the cheesecake, then we will talk about freezing it!
The Greeks were the first to create the cheesecake way back, and we are talking BC times. They served cheesecakes at the Olympic games as a source of energy for the athletes.
But back then, the ancient Greek cheesecakes were made with fresh cheese. The Americans, of course, took this age-old recipe and made it into their own. By replacing the curd cheese with cream cheese, the New York-style cheesecake was born, a much creamier, rich, and delicious cheesecake.
Ok, enough history, back to, can you freeze cheesecake? And how to freeze cheesecake?
A firm favorite with everyone, the cheesecake is a great option for dessert. And the best part is – yes, you can freeze it!
So, you can be super organized and bake your cheesecake way ahead of time and freeze it. And be sure to always have one in the freezer, just in case, for those spontaneous dinner parties. Hey, presto! You have dessert sorted.
Can You Freeze Cheesecake?
Cheesecake can’t keep in the fridge forever, but you absolutely can freeze it! This will definitely help to keep the cheesecake for longer. The denser the filling, the better they freeze and are less likely to separate.
Unfortunately, the fridge set cheesecakes are more likely to separate if frozen, and the reason being is they do not have the cooked egg proteins to hold the ingredients together. So, I wouldn’t recommend freezing these types of cheesecakes.
How To Freeze Cheesecake
How do you freeze cheesecake? That’s if you have any left, that is!
First off, you need to make sure the cheesecake is cold. If you are freezing a freshly baked cheesecake, make sure it is completely cool before refrigerating. Then chill the cheesecake down in the refrigerator overnight. Then- you can either freeze your cheesecake whole or in individual sliced portions.
Let’s talk About Freezing a Whole Cheesecake,
If you can, leave the cheesecake in its springform tin, this will help keep its shape and prevent you from damaging your beautiful creation. If you can’t spare the springform tin, remove the cheesecake from the springform tin and place it on a cardboard round.
You will then want to wrap the cheesecake thoroughly with plastic wrap. Because you do not want it to be spoiled by taking on freezer flavors or getting freezer burn.
There is nothing worse than eating a piece of cheesecake that has the taste of last night’s dinner.
Now let’s talk About Freezing Cheesecake Slices,
but first, let’s portion up the cheesecake. Make sure the cheesecake is chilled and firm. This will help with slicing the cheesecake neatly and easily. Then Use greaseproof paper to divide the cheesecake into individual portions.
Take a piece of greaseproof paper and cut it to the height of the cheesecake, fold the paper over the sharp edge of the knife and continue to cut the cheesecake as usual. Leave the greaseproof paper in the wedge of cheesecake once sliced.
You will now have a perfectly portioned cheesecake, that when frozen the slices can easily be removed individually. This leaves you with options, if you only have one friend over for tea, you can easily just take two cheesecake slices out. Or, if you have the whole family around for Sunday lunch, you can take the whole sliced cheesecake out.
Ok, I digress, back to freezing the cheesecake. Once portioned, make sure to wrap the cheesecake thoroughly with plastic wrap. Again keep it in the springform tin if possible to keep it from being damaged in the freezer, we all know how chaotic all our freezers can be.
How Long Can You Freeze Cheesecake?
Ok, now that your cheesecake is wrapped and safely stored in your freezer. Do we need to ask how long can you freeze the cheesecake for? That’s if by the end of the week there’s any left.
But for argument’s sake, let’s say there is; you can safely freeze your cheesecake for up to 2 months. The cheesecake will be at its best for up to 2 months, and after that, it won’t necessarily need to be thrown away; it just won’t be the best to eat.
Be sure, though, the plastic wrap is not damaged at this time, as the cheesecake could suffer from freezer burn. If your cheesecake has suffered some freezer burn, it will most likely have some dry spots and slight discoloration, which will affect the look, taste, and texture of the cheesecake.
Also, remember to make sure the freezer does not drop in temperature. If it does, the contents of your freezer, including the cheesecake, might be spoiled.
So, With This Valuable Information On Freezing Cheesecakes,
there should be no excuse not to have an amazing cheesecake for dessert on every occasion. Simply bake a few extra’s and have them on standby in the freezer for those emergency situations. Be sure, though, to remember to take the cheesecake out well in advance. It will need a good couple of hours to defrost. The individual cheesecake slices will be quicker to defrost, but be sure to also give them enough time to come to temperature.
I love the term, freshly frozen. It sounds so much better, almost of better quality than just the word frozen. And that’s what your cheesecake will be, freshly frozen. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about, pulling a cheesecake out o the freezer! It’s homemade, after all!
I always love serving my cheesecake with fruit, and I think it’s a great combination. The tartness of any fruit really cuts through the creaminess and sweetness of the cheesecake. Finish it with a drizzle of honey to garnish, and you have yourself a winner dessert!