Cheesecake is a delicious dessert that you can make with cream cheese, ricotta, or cottage cheese. Depending on which one is used (and the other ingredients), it will have a different texture, so you might wonder how the cheesecake is preserved in those cases?
The cheesecake should not be more than two hours at room temperature. So, you can store it in the fridge for up to 7 days or freeze it for about four months if you want to extend its shelf life.
Read on if you want to learn how to preserve cheesecake the right way.
How to preserve a cheesecake?
Cheesecake is prepared based on a dairy product (cream cheese, ricotta, or cottage cheese), so you should keep it refrigerated most of the time.
You should only leave the cheesecake at room temperature for two hours.
Before it reaches this deadline, and if you will not eat it, store it in the fridge because it could spoil.
Keep the cheesecake in the fridge
A fridge is an excellent option for storing the cheesecake as it retains the quality for a long time so that it can be prepared days in advance without problems.
To store the cheesecake in the fridge, just follow these steps:
- Step 1: Wait for it to cool.
If the cheesecake is baked, you must wait for it to cool completely.
- Step 2: Wrap with plastic or aluminum foil.
If the cheesecake has no additives that could damage the cake, or if it is very soft, you can place chopsticks on the edge and center to prevent the film or aluminum foil from spoiling its appearance.
- Step 3: Put the cheesecake in an airtight container.
The airtight container will reinforce the protection against odors or oxygen.
- Step 4: Store at the bottom of the refrigerator.
The bottom of the fridge is the coldest part. Therefore, the temperature is more stable.
Following all the indications, you can keep the cheesecake in good condition for seven days in the fridge. 
Freeze the cheesecake
Can the cheesecake be frozen? Yes, especially when you want to keep the cheesecake for a long time.
However, if the cheesecake has additives, such as fruit or some other element that does not freeze well, you should discard this option.
To freeze the cheesecake, you must do the following:
- Step 1: Wait for it to cool.
You should wait for the cheesecake to completely cool if it was baked or cooked.
- Step 2: Chop.
It is advisable to chop the cheesecake since it is more practical to thaw the portions you consume instead of the whole cake.
You can skip this step if you want to store the whole cheesecake.
- Step 3: Wrap.
Whether you have whole cheesecake or pieces, you should wrap it with plastic film and aluminum foil to avoid freezing burn.
- Step 4: Put in an airtight container.
The container must be suitable for freezing.
- Step 5: Tag.
Set the storage date to know how long you have stored it.
- Step 6: Save to the freezer.
If you follow each step, you may keep the cheesecake frozen for four months. 
To thaw, you have to leave the cheesecake in the fridge for at least 8 hours, or you can put it at room temperature for about 2 or 4 hours.
The thawed cheesecake can also be stored in the fridge for 5 or 7 days but cannot be re-frozen.
Preserve frozen supermarket cheesecake
Cheesecake is one of those options that you can obtain in the frozen food section. These should remain in the freezer the whole time, and you should consume them before six months.
Although if the expiration date indicates longer, it should be safe to eat.
How do you know if the cheesecake got bad?
In case of not storing the cheesecake well, it can develop mold since it is usually very humid. Therefore, you shouldn’t eat it if it has dark or greenish spots.
Nor should it be ingested in case of a foul smell or taste. If frozen and has many white spots, these are freeze burns, which do not damage the cheesecake but eliminate flavor.
How long does the cheesecake last?
Well, it depends on the storage method. Here is a summary:
|Refrigerated cheesecake||1 week|
|Frozen cheesecake||4 months|
|Frozen supermarket cheesecake||6 months|
What is the best way to store cheesecake?
Storing the cheesecake in the fridge is the best form of preservation because it keeps it in good condition for days, and you can eat it immediately.
If you want to extend the shelf life or have bought a frozen cheesecake in the supermarket, the freezer is the ideal option.
The cheesecake should not be left at room temperature for more than two hours because it could be damaged.
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