Cheesecake has soft cheese in it.
That means – spoiler – cheesecake usually goes bad pretty quickly.
That said, it’s pretty rare to forget about cheesecake – eating a whole cake within one sitting sounds more likely!
Today, we’ll go through how to tell if your cheesecake has gone bad, how to store your cheesecake, and how long you can expect it to last.
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The cheesecake you buy from the store will last 5-7 days in the refrigerator. However, with all cheesecakes, you should go by the storage instructions and periods on the packaging.
Has My Cheesecake Gone Bad?
Here are some telltale signs your cheesecake is (super) bad:
- Weird smell
However, you’re unlikely to see these signs unless your cheesecake is in a deep state of decay. The early signs that your cheesecake has gone bad are hard to detect.
Therefore, you should play it safe and always chuck your cheesecake after the expiration date on the packaging (that is, unless you’re freezing your cheesecake – more on that later). If you don’t have it anymore or you’ve made your cheesecake yourself, keep scrolling for storage periods.
How Should I Store My Cheesecake?
What’s the main ingredient in cheesecake?
You guessed it: cheese.
Because of its main dairy ingredient, cheesecake needs to be refrigerated in an airtight container or cling film. It’s important to keep your cheesecake sealed to retain its moisture and prevent it from absorbing other odors in your fridge.
Now: if you’re using a cheesecake topping that doesn’t refrigerate well, like some chocolate toppings, then add these right before serving.
If you’re not the kind of person to devour a cheesecake in a week, then consider freezing your cheesecake. Although some cheesecakes don’t freeze well, most do, depending on the recipe. If in doubt, check storage advice on the packaging or test freeze one slice.
To freeze cheesecake, put it in an airtight container or aluminum foil and place it in the freezer. It’s a good idea to slice your cheesecake into portions beforehand so you only have to thaw as much as you need.
Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. If you’ve cut your cheesecake into slices before freezing, you’ll only need to thaw it in the refrigerator for a few hours.
How Long Will My Cheesecake Last?
Unfortunately, that soft creamy texture comes at a price: the high moisture content harbors bacteria. This means that cheesecake goes off pretty quickly.
Expect store-bought cheesecake to last 5-7 days in the refrigerator and a hefty three months in the freezer.
It takes hours to prepare handmade cheesecakes, and they are not simple to make, but there are straightforward cheesecake recipes like this one. Yet, they deteriorate quickly.
While store-bought cheesecakes usually contain preservatives, homemade cheesecakes don’t. Therefore, your homemade cheesecake will only last five days in the refrigerator and a little over a month in the freezer.
Every cheesecake uses a different recipe, so you should follow the specific storage instructions for your cheesecake. It’s also important to remember that cheesecake doesn’t show obvious signs of going bad at first, so you must go by the recommended storage periods.
The Truth About Cheesecake
The bad news: if you have a cheesecake that’s past its expiration date, you shouldn’t risk it.
But we have good news too.
To keep your cheesecake fresh for longer, you can (probably, depending on the recipe) freeze it for up to 3 months. Just be sure to use an airtight container, and cut your cheesecake beforehand for easy portioning and reduced thawing times.