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Dessert

Can you Freeze Cheesecake?

Can you freeze cheesecake? Most people love cheesecake, but unless there’s quite a few people attending your party, there will be leftovers. You can store them in the fridge for a few days, but often one would prefer to store it for a longer period of time.
Or you would like to be able to bake cheesecake in advance, even a couple of weeks before the party or celebration. Fortunately enough, you can freeze cheesecake and many people (and companies like Trader Joe’s) do it successfully. Here’s a few things you should know before freezing this cake.

Before Freezing Cheesecake

If you plan to place any kind of frosting or topping on the cheesecake, do it right before serving it to your guests. Or at least once you thaw the cheesecake. Freezing cheesecake with a topping on it is a bad idea. The process of freezing and defrosting will in most cases change the texture. of the topping. Your topping or frosting won’t be nearly as good as it was before freezing.

Almond Cheesecake with Nut Crust

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Now that you know you can only freeze the cake without its topping, there are a few other things worth knowing. Before freezing cheesecake, make sure it’s cooled first. If your cheesecake doesn’t freeze well, meaning its texture changes and it isn’t appetizing anymore, take a look at your recipe. It’s said that classic cream cheesecake freezes very well, but if there’s a lot of sour cream in the recipe, it might cause the texture to change after thawing. If it’s not the sour cream, maybe it’s another ingredient that causes that. You should try a different recipe if your cheesecake doesn’t freeze well.

How to Freeze Cheesecake

You shouldn’t freeze cheesecake for too long. It’s suggested it should be pretty good for two or three months, but most people say that freezing it for a month is a maximum. After that time it starts to lose its taste and you might be not satisfied with its taste after thawing. You should try freezing cheesecake made with your favorite recipe for a month or two and check how does it taste. You don’t want to serve a so-so cheesecake to your guests, do you?

Here are some of the possibilities you have when it comes to freezing cheesecake.

Freezing cheesecake baked in a springform pan

This way is good if you want to keep the cake in the springform pan. First, loosen the cheesecake from the pan’s outer rim and remove the outer rim. Leave the cake sitting on the bottom of the pan or transfer it onto a wrapped cardboard cake bottom. Now wrap the whole thing with plastic foil and then make an outer layer with heavy aluminum oil or put it into a freezer bag and squeeze out all the air from the bag. Now it’s ready to go to the freezer.

Freeze sliced cheesecake

If you’d like to be able to thaw only a small amount of the cake, this way is the best for you. Cut the cheesecake into desirable slices, wrap each one with foil and then put them into freezer bags. You can also wrap the slices with aluminum foil (after wrapping them with the regular one) and put them into an airtight container. This way the cake will freeze fine and other products in the freezer won’t be able to crush, press or deform it.

Freeze cheesecake in an airtight container

If you plan to freeze cheesecake only for a few days, I wouldn’t bother in wrapping it tightly with few layers of foil. Just put it into an airtight container and into the freezer. If you plan to keep it in there for more than a few days, wrapping it is pretty much essential. The longer you plan to store it in the freezer, the better you should wrap it. Regular foil plus heavy aluminum foil or freezer bags should do the trick.

Summary
As you can see you can freeze cheesecake. It freezes pretty well (sometimes you can even buy frozen cheesecake) and there are at least a few ways you can do it. If your cheesecake doesn’t freeze well, try altering your recipe a little or wrapping it better, so the cold air won’t damage it that much. Since many people can successfully freeze it, you’ll be able to that as well.

Bread & Baked Goods

Can You Freeze Bread?

If you often find yourself with stale bread and don’t regularly freeze it, that needs to change. If you’ve ever wondered if you can freeze bread, the answer is yes, you can. And bread freezes really well, especially for a shorter time period like a few weeks. Plus, freezing it for a short period doesn’t take any time at all. There are no excuses for not doing freezing bread on a regular basis.

One thing you need to remember before freezing bread: freezing won’t make bread better. So if it’s already stale, freezing and defrosting won’t magically make it fresh. That means that the best time to freeze bread is when it’s fresh. If you’re buying bread, take as much as you need for the day and freeze the rest. If you’re baking your own bread, wait until it cools down before packing it for freezing.

Interested in freezing bread? If so, read on.

Loaves of bread

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How to Freeze Bread for a Few Weeks

As already mentioned, freezing bread for a few weeks is really simple and takes little to no time at all. Here are the steps:

  1. (Recommended) Cut the loaf into slices. If you’re buying sliced bread then that’s done for you. Freezing slices has two major advantages. First is that you can easily get as many slices from the freezer as you need for your next meal. There is no need to defrost the whole loaf. Second, bread slices defrost much quicker than a whole loaf. Plus, if you’re making toasts you can use frozen slices right away.
  2. Wrap the bread. If it came in a plastic wrapping you can freeze the bread in its original packaging, no need for more wrapping. If it came in a paper bag, transfer the loaf or slices into freezer bags or wrap with aluminum foil. Squeeze out as much air as you can before sealing the package.
  3. Label the package with name and date if needed.
  4. Throw the package into the freezer.

That’s it. As you can see, the process is really simple and takes little time. If you’re buying sliced bread in a plastic wrapping you can literally throw it into the freezer and be done with it.

How to Freeze Bread for Over a Month

Freezing bread for a longer period of time, like a month or more, is similar to freezing it for the short term. The only difference is that you need to wrap the product properly to prevent freezer burn. Here’s how to do it:

  1. (Recommended) Slice the bread. All the reasons for slicing are already mentioned above.
  2. Wrap the bread. As mentioned above, freezing for the long-term requires proper wrapping. Bread should be wrapped tightly so any air doesn’t go through the wrapping. The easiest way to do that is to wrap the bread twice. For the first layer, you can use the plastic wrap the bread came it or foil. For the second layer, you can use a freezer bag. For both layers remember to remove as much air as you can before sealing the package. Alternatively, if you happen to have a vacuum sealer, you can use it to wrap the bread. Before using it put the wrapped bread into the freezer for a few hours until it’s frozen solid. This will prevent the bread from flattening when using the vacuum sealer.
  3. Label the package with name and date if required.
  4. Chuck the bread into the freezer.

Not that difficult, right? The bread frozen this way should be of good quality for at least a few months and even more if it’s vacuum sealed.

How to Defrost Frozen Bread

  • At room temperature. If you’ve frozen the whole loaf, leave the bread on the counter wrapped. It will take a few hours (3 hours for a medium size loaf) to thaw depending on the size of the loaf. Unwrap once defrosted. If you’ve frozen slices, take as many as you need and put them individually on a plate. In 15 to 20 minutes the bread should be defrosted and ready to be used.
    Thawing bread slices
  • In a toaster or toaster oven. This only works for frozen bread slices, obviously. If you’re making toasts, feel free to use frozen bread right away. You can also use the toaster or toaster oven to just defrost the slices. Chuck the slices into the toaster, turn the toaster on, and warm the bread for a few minutes.
    Toasts with defrosted bread