Yummy, yummy, yummy. Yummy goodness is what cheesecake brings. But it’s an open secret that every tasty thing is difficult to maintain, keep or make. Cheesecake is all at once. This article seeks to help you with storing your Cheesecake, by exploring the various ways of keeping same.
Yes, cheesecake does go bad. And easily, too. The average shelf life of store-bought or homemade cheesecake is 5-7 days, at a cool temperature. If left outside, it can lose its quality, get stale and become unsafe for consumption. It’s a delicate kind of cake because of the ingredients it’s made with so if care is not taken, it can get spoiled faster than it’s meant to.
Does Cheesecake go Bad? How Long Does it Last?
Cheesecake is very delicate. Apart from the usual ingredients that form a cake, it also has cheese and sorts that on their own, spoil easily. Let’s look at how well Cheesecake does in three different spaces.
How Long Does Cheesecake Last Outside?
Not so long, is the answer you are searching for. Cheesecake performs poorly at room temperature and worse, in warm or hot temperatures. If you are leaving your Cheesecake outside, make sure it’s not more than 1-2 hours, perhaps the length of time for which you need it. The ingridents that make the cheesecake (eggs and milk) have high moisture content and at room temperature make for perfect conditions for bacteria to multiply. Besides this, it may attract ants that will help you feast on it. Our advice? Better safe than sorry!
How Long Does Cheesecake Last in the Fridge?
In the fridge, cheesecake can last up to 7 days, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). So if it’s store-bought, you can check the Best By date. If it’s homemade, you want to make sure your 7 days is 7 days, especially if you haven’t added any preservatives! In the fridge, cheesecake can remain fresh and healthy within the recommended period. Outside of that, it’s best to discard it.
How Long Does Cheesecake Last in the Freezer?
Yes, now when we speak of long periods, in most cases, we speak of freezers. Cheesecake is not an outcast to this theory; it lasts better in the freezer. Experts have given an estimate of one month to keep Cheesecake frozen. Although the longer it stays, the more its quality may drop, but the good news is, it’s still safe to eat, unlike how leaving it outside for long, renders it useless. In the following section besides, we will tell of how to freeze your Cheesecake to maintain its freshness all through that period!
When next you want to try out your latest recipe, remember that Cheesecakes don’t last; make it as minimal as possible.
How to tell if Cheesecake Has Gone Bad/How to Know if it is Fresh
Some bacteria are sneaky; they get into your food without announcing their appearance. Unfortunately, cheesecake is prone to this kind. So how can you tell when it’s bad?
Keep Track of the Time: When it comes to Cheesecake, you have to become an accurate timekeeper. You just have to. This is the best way to tell when it’s no longer safe to it. If you’re making it, take note of the day you made it and keep it stored in your preferred space, for as long as is recommended, ONLY. If you bought it, do the same.
Smell, Taste, and See: Your senses never deceive you. If it smells, tastes, or looks absurd, discard it. Sometimes it gets yellowish or dried up. These are signs that call for concern, so get concerned, get over your cravings, and discard that Cheesecake!
It is NOT advisable to eat bad Cheesecake; that’s like eating rotten eggs, stale milk, and expired cheese at the same time. Big NO, so take caution.
How to Store Cheesecake?
For a better outcome, here is a brief rundown of how best to keep Cheesecake.
Airtight Containers: Okay, is there any food that is not a friend to airtight containers? They are one of the best storage systems. They keep out odor from other food and keep the cake from getting squashed or attracting bacteria, heat, air, and the like.
Sliced or Whole: Sliced or whole, whichever works best for you.
Away from Water: Don’t make this mistake. Keep your Cheesecake dry otherwise, even if it’s in the fridge it will spoil. This is why we recommend airtight containers.
Refrigerate or Freeze: Don’t leave it outside these two spaces, except when you are eating it.
Labels: If you tend to forget easily, put a label on the package, stating when it was made, or when it is Best By.
Have you learned a thing or two so far? Great, let’s proceed to the next section.
Can you Freeze Cheesecake? How?
Yes! You can freeze your Cheesecake, most definitely. How? you ask. Let’s find out.
Unwrapped: Airtight container or a good freezer bag? Check? Well, you are good to go this way. Simply dock them in, safe and sound, till the next time you are ready to consume.
Wrapped: If you are concerned about it staying fresh, you can wrap it in aluminum foil or plastic wrap; in slices or chunks, then put the wrap in a freezer bag and freeze away!
No Toppings: To avoid anything that can affect the life of your Cheesecake, it’s best to freeze it without those favorite toppings of yours. You can put the toppings each time you are ready to consume.
There you have it; the pros and methods of freezing that cheesy goodness.
How to Thaw Cheesecake?
Experts recommend you first transfer the Cheesecake from the freezer to the refrigerator, for at least 8 hours or overnight. Once it’s thawed, either unwrap it and leave it outside for about an hour to attain room temperature itself, or microwave it.
One thing worthy of note; never microwave your cheesecake with foil or plastic wrap! The heat might cause both, especially the foil, to melt into the cake, and you might end up eating foil cake!
Frequently Asked Questions About Bad Cheesecake
Can I Eat Bad Cheesecake? No, sir, you may not. No matter how thirsty you are for it, once you have confirmed that the Cheesecake is bad, we advise you to run as far from it as possible and see a doctor if you already consumed one.
Does Bad Cheesecake Smell? Sometimes it does, other times it doesn’t; If your cheesecake isn’t smelling but you are skeptical about its quality, it’s best to do away with it if it has stayed longer than the recommended time. Not all spoiled foods produce an odor.
If you liked this article, make or buy some more cheesecake and send us some! Just kidding. Cheesecake is the best, but remember even the best foods are monsters when they are past their prime. Yummy is good, but staying healthy is yummiest!