Cheesecake, although is technically not a cake, is a dessert that typically has two or more layers making up its structure or form.
These could be layers consisting of one layer of sweet softened cheese that is then mixed with sugar, some eggs, a bit of flavor, and then set in a pastry base which can be made up of crushed cookies such as digestive biscuits, or pastry or even sponge cake at times.
Cheesecake also generally has got to be one of the most well-known desserts all over the world. People love it for various reasons that include but are not limited to;
- The first reason why I love cheesecake and is also a love for many people around the world can be attributed to none other than the taste of cheesecake. Cheesecake is without a doubt very creamy and super delicious.
- I also love cheesecake because of its presentation or how the amazing dessert looks when decorated and served. They can be decorated whichever way a person chooses including being made into any shape or letter. This makes them a good canvas for people to generally express themselves for instance when proposals of marriage are being made.
- They come in a wide range of flavors that are all depending on the taste of the person eating it. What this means is that you can get exactly what you want or have a craving for.
How long does cheesecake last?
We have noted that cheesecake has a filing of cheese and eggs. And if there is anything, we know it is that these two things do not last that long.
Because of this we definitely cannot expect cheesecake to last forever. It goes bad and it goes bad pretty fast. Typically, it lasts between five days and a week. Frozen cheesecake lasts just a few months.
Of course, depending on whether the cheesecake is store-bought or made or prepared at home and whether properly stored and in the right conditions and surroundings the length of time that cheesecake lasts varies slightly.
How long does cheesecake take to set?
Imagine this, you have baked the perfect cheesecake and decorated it just right but because of the sheer excitement of having accomplished all that, you cut into it too soon, way before it has settled and it just collapses into a big puddle. I am sure nobody wants that even for their worst enemy.
To guard against this sort of disappointment, it is best to let your cheesecake set for the required period of time.
For the absolute best results and to achieve the tastiest results in cheesecake history, it would be ideal to place your freshly baked cheesecake into the refrigerator for at least four hours at a minimum.
However, keeping it in the refrigerator through the night would bring about even better results. Remember, perfection cannot be rushed.
How to store cheesecake
This is not rocket science. Since storage is almost vital in everything, the most ideal way to store cheesecake in order to retain the freshness and quality that we have all come to love and enjoy is to stick it in the refrigerator.
This, however, should be done taking note to put in the necessary care.
If the cheesecake in question is made at home, always ensure that the cheesecake is placed on a plate or other dish that can accommodate a cake carrier or some sort of lid. If none is available to you, you can choose to cut up the cheesecake into smaller pieces and place them in an airtight container with a lid that is properly resealable.
For the store-bought cheesecake, they oftentimes come in plastic bags and wrapping. In this case, storage depends on just how soon you intend to consume it.
If you intend to eat the cheesecake in an hour or two, then placing it on the kitchen counter will do you good. However, if you intend to use it a little later, throw out the plastic bag or wrapping and transfer the cake into an airtight, resealable container.
Freezing the cheesecake is also an option that can be pursued that will ensure the cheesecake maintains an optimum flavor and good quality.
Freezing cheesecake is a quick and easy process. All you need to do is have plastic wrap and freezer safe Ziplock bags.
- To begin with, wrap the cheesecake using the plastic wrap, this tends to protect the cake from the cold air in the refrigerator.
- After this, reinforce the protection from the cold air by placing the wrapped cheesecake into the freezer safe Ziplock bag away.
- It is worth noting that the temperature in the refrigerator and the freezer ought to be constant avoiding fluctuation and constant.
This will go a long way in ensuring that the cheesecake stored in whichever compartment does not go bad but retains its freshness for longer and is safe for consumption even days after being made or bought from the store.
How to Defrost Cheesecake
When it comes to melting, defrosting, or thawing frozen cheesecake, there are two main options or ways to carry out this process. The first method is a fast one where an individual simply to just leave the frozen cheesecake in the refrigerator through the night before you consume the cake.
Once this is done, let it sit until it has gotten down back to room temperature. This usually takes time so patience is a great necessity.
The other method of defrosting frozen cheesecake entails typically just allowing the cheesecake to defrost or thaw while out on the kitchen counter.
This process will typically take between 4 to 5 hours for the cheesecake on the counter to completely defrost.
Interesting Facts About Cheesecake
- Cheesecakes are thought to have originated from all the way in ancient Greece believe it or not. Further to that, it is believed that they were served to athletes during the very first Olympic games.
- Once upon a time, it was possible for people to buy cheesecake flavored postage stamps.
- Weirdly enough, the “World’s Most Expensive” cheesecake is not even served at a restaurant.
- Out of the many flavors of cheesecake, some other questionable cheesecake “inventions” include garlic-flavored and foie gras-flavored cheesecakes.
- You can bake cheesecake if you wish – this tends to be the American-style option. However, it’s perfectly possible to make cheesecake without baking and to leave to set in the fridge.
- The discovery of cheesecake, especially the American style one, was actually made by accident. It came about as a result of trying to mimic the French version of the same.
- The United States of America is crazy about cheesecakes. So much so, of course, that they have their own fast-food chain dedicated to the treat – the Cheesecake Factory. And that’s only the half of it, they even observe a National Cheesecake Day on the 31st of July each year.
- The biggest cheesecake ever made weighed about 4, 240 kg, and was almost a whole meter in length with a diameter of nearly 3 meters. This world record was set in Russia way back in 2017.
- The name cheesecake, in fact, has only been around since the 1400s. Before then, it has had several different names over the centuries, but the sweet end result has largely remained the same.
- Wheat and flour generally do not tend to be present in all modern cheesecake recipes and preparation, however, it was a staple ingredient of the original Greek treat. It is thought that the later American style of cheesecake take on the dessert helped to refine this side of things, taking away its wheat taste and creating an altogether different kind of dessert.
How to Tell If Your Cheesecake Is Going Bad
Unfortunately, there does not exist a good or certain way to tell whether cheesecake has gone bad or not.
However, there are those obvious signs, especially with the contamination that suggest the spoilage of cheesecake. As always, if there is any presence of mold growing on the surface of the cheesecake, it is not safe for consumption. Any discoloration is also a key sign of the freshness of the cheesecake.
If you take a smell of the cheesecake and it gives off an unpleasant odor as opposed to the usual creamy smell, you should just discard it.
The only downside of using these means to tell whether to consume some cheesecake is that these signs typically only start presenting two weeks after storing the cheesecake, sometimes even longer.
What this then means is that probably the safest way to go about telling whether the cheesecake is spoilt is simply to toss out any homemade cheesecake that you have stored for a period that is longer than 5 to 7 days, and the store-bought one after 7 to 9 days of storage.
Yes, this is the case and best practice even if the cheesecake looks perfectly fine.