Having cheesecake with your friends and family can be so satisfying. Some people love cheesecake so much that they make it every few weekends as a treat.
If you love making homemade cheesecakes that everyone can enjoy, then there’s a good chance that you might make too much batter at some point. Sometimes you might wind up with more batter than you need to make a cheesecake.
You don’t necessarily want to make another cheesecake right now when you still have one that needs to be eaten. This can be a dilemma because it seems so wasteful to just throw out perfectly good cheesecake batter.
What can you do when you have leftover cheesecake batter? Is it possible to freeze it so that you can use it at a later date?
You Can Indeed Freeze Cheesecake Batter
Yes, it is indeed possible to freeze cheesecake batter and get good results. Most people are going to be worried about whether freezing the batter would ruin it or at least make it taste worse than usual.
It’s true that you have to be careful when freezing cheesecake batter. If you don’t do things the right way, then you might get less than stellar results.
For instance, you likely know that sour cream can undergo changes when it’s frozen. This means that freezing cheesecake batter has to be approached very particularly if you want to use the batter to make delicious cheesecakes later on.
Read on to learn more about what you need to do to freeze cheesecake batter successfully. It’ll make it so that you’ll never have to struggle with what to do with extra cheesecake batter in the future.
Place the Batter in an Airtight Freezer-Safe Container
The first step involves placing all of the cheesecake batter into an airtight freezer-safe container. You likely have plastic containers that you use to store food that will work for this purpose.
If you don’t, then it’ll be easy enough to get what you need from a department store or an online retailer. You can protect the cheesecake batter during the freezing process by ensuring that it’s in an airtight container so that it won’t be exposed to moisture.
You’re going to keep this container in the freezer until you’re ready to use the cheesecake batter. It might be a good idea to write the date that you made the cheesecake batter on the container as well.
Of course, many people don’t like to write on containers because they want to be able to reuse them. You could write the date on a sticker or a plastic bag that you’re using to cover the container instead.
How Long Will the Cheesecake Batter Stay Good in the Freezer?
Cheesecake batter should stay good for up to three months if it is being stored properly. However, some people recommend using the cheesecake batter before two months have passed.
Being able to store cheesecake batter batter for this long is very good, though. You can make cheesecake batter ahead of time and have it ready to go when you’re in the mood to make a dessert for your family.
Writing the date somewhere will allow you to know how long it has been since you made the cheesecake batter. If the cheesecake batter has been frozen for longer than three months, then you should just throw it out.
Most people will have no problem using cheesecake batter up within a few months. Just know that you can’t use the batter immediately after pulling it out of the freezer.
Frozen Cheesecake Batter Needs to Thaw in the Refrigerator
When you’ve taken the cheesecake batter out of the freezer, it’s going to take time to be able to use it. The batter is in a frozen state and you can’t just bake it right away.
Place the cheesecake batter in the refrigerator and allow it to thaw properly. You can check on the cheesecake batter every so often to see how the thawing process is going.
Once the batter has thawed completely, you’ll be able to use it to bake a cheesecake. It shouldn’t take too long, but you shouldn’t expect to be able to use the frozen batter within the first few hours of taking it out of the freezer.
Can Cheesecake Batter Be Refrigerated as Well?
What if you might want to use the cheesecake batter sooner than a few weeks or months down the line? Would it be possible to just refrigerate the cheesecake batter for a while so that you can use it later?
Yes, this is perfectly acceptable, but the cheesecake batter will only stay good in the refrigerator for so long. You can expect cheesecake batter to last for a few days if you store it properly.
It’s not a good idea to try to keep cheesecake batter for more than a couple of days in the refrigerator, though. If you plan to make another cheesecake within the next day or two, then it might be more practical to refrigerate the leftover cheesecake batter than it would be to freeze it.
You’ll need to keep the leftover batter in an airtight container. The refrigerator should be set at 40 degrees Fahrenheit as well.
It’ll be easy to take the batter out of the refrigerator to make a cheesecake as well. You can just take the batter out of the fridge and allow it to reach room temperature before baking the cheesecake.
It should only take one or two hours for the batter to reach room temperature. When everything is set, you’ll be able to move forward with baking a cheesecake.
Now you know that you can freeze cheesecake batter if you accidentally make too much. It’s also nice to know that you can make the batter ahead of time if you want to have some ready for when you feel like having a nice dessert.
It’s also possible to just refrigerate the cheesecake batter for a couple of days. This makes more sense when you think you’ll want to use the batter within one or two days of making it.
No matter what, you’re going to have to store the batter properly to get good results. Be sure to keep the batter in an airtight container and write the date down somewhere so that you won’t forget when you made it.
Sarah is the founder of Baking Kneads, LLC, a blog sharing guides, tips, and recipes for those learning how to bake. Growing up as the daughter of a baker, she spent much of her childhood learning the basics in a local bakery.