How to Freeze a No-Bake Cheesecake

Having your signature desserts on hand in the freezer helps to give you an edge when you have unexpected guests or need dessert fast. You can make any type of cheesecake in advance and store it in the freezer or freeze leftover pieces. A no-bake cheesecake contains softened cheeses and should be kept cool to prevent it from spoiling. Although cheese is made by adding bacterial cultures to fresh milk, some types of bacteria can spoil this dairy product. Make a low-fat no-bake cheesecake with light cream cheese and low-fat yogurt and freeze it to enjoy later.

Step 1

Ensure that your cheesecake has completely cooled. Even in a no-bake cheesecake, the soft cheeses may need to be warmed to allow them to mix properly. Leave the cheesecake uncovered on a counter or in the fridge for an hour to make sure it has completely cooled. Warm ingredients may trap in steam and make the cheesecake soggy.

Step 2

Remove the cheesecake from the pan and slide it onto a foil-covered piece of sturdy cardboard. Place the whole cheesecake into the freezer for an hour. This helps to firm it up and make it easier to cut -- if necessary -- and wrap before deep-freezing.

Step 3

Cut the cheesecake into individual serving sizes so that you can remove and defrost only how much you need. You can also wrap and freeze a whole no-bake cheesecake if you are planning to serve all of it. Defrosted cheesecake should not be returned to the freezer, as this encourages spoiling.

Step 4

Leave the whole or sliced cheesecake on the foil-covered cardboard platter. Wrap the entire cake in foil or several layers of plastic wrap. You can also wrap individual slices by carefully lifting them out one at a time, wrapping them and replacing the wrapped pieces on the platter to better hold their shape. Place the entire wrapped cake or wrapped pieces and cardboard platter inside a large heavy-duty resealable freezer bag.

Step 5

Seal the bag and place the cheesecake right side up onto a freezer shelf. Ensure the cake has plenty of room in the freezer and is not damaged by other items pressing into it. Freeze for up to one month to retain the quality and taste of the cheesecake.

Tip

Make individual portion-size mini cheesecakes in their own glass or foil cups for easier freezing, defrosting and serving. Wrap each cheesecake individually before freezing.

Avoid adding garnishes or fruit toppings to the no-bake cheesecake you intend to freeze. Add these toppings when you have defrosted the cake and are ready to serve it, to keep them looking and tasting fresh.

Warning

Avoid using recipes that call for eggs in a no-bake cheesecake. Eggs should be thoroughly cooked to avoid bacterial contamination.

Do not leave cheesecake sitting at room temperature for more than an hour. Like other dairy products, the soft cheese can quickly begin to spoil.

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