Cakes are one those small things that make life a little better! When it comes to cheesecakes, it is one of the most liked desserts all around the world. The creamy filling is not only absolutely mouthwatering, but it is also equally filling! If you are a true fan of this amazing dessert, you may be interested to know that while it is commonly believed that the cheesecake originated in New York City, it actually dates way back to ancient Greece!
Over the years, different variants of cheesecake have traveled all around the globe. It is believed that the first cheesecake was created on the Greek island of Samos. Anthropologists have managed to evacuate cheese molds that date back to 2,000 BC. Who knows, maybe our favorite dessert was popular even before that!
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In Greece, the cheesecake was considered to be a healthy meal. The Greeks probably loved the dessert as much as we do today because it was often served at Greek weddings. Also, since it was considered super healthy, it was also famous among the athletes of ancient Greece. In fact, it is believed that cheesecake was served during the first Olympic games in 776 BC!
However, it is important to note that the ancient cheesecakes were probably nothing like the rich and creamy desserts that we enjoy today. Instead, in those times, the cheesecake was made out of simple ingredients such as flour, cheese, wheat, and honey – a far cry from the modern cheesecakes that involve complex recipes and tricky cooking techniques.
Over the years, the ancient cheesecake evolved, every civilization adding new touches to it. In fact, it was not until the 18th century that these cakes started to resemble the dessert we so dearly love today. By the 1900s, New Yorkers were head over heels in love with the dessert. Every other restaurant offered its own version of cheesecake.
Arnold Reuben (1883-1970) is the genius who is credited for creating the cheesecake as we know it today. As the story goes, he was invited to a party where the host served a cheese pie. Intrigued by the combination of the delicious ingredients, he experimented until he created the iconic New York style cheesecake. Surely, we need more people like him!
Types of Cheesecakes
Today, cheesecake is one of the most popular desserts out there. While you can find multiple variants of the dessert, there is no doubt that all types of cheesecakes are equally delicious.
Here’s a list of some cheesecakes that have gained massive praise!
- Regular Cheesecake
- No Bake Cheesecake
- Ricotta Cheesecake / Non-cream Cheesecake
- Pennsylvania Dutch Style Cheesecake
- Japanese Cotton Cheesecake
- Vegan Cheesecake
- French Style Cheesecake
- Savory Cheesecake
Keep in mind that the recipe for the traditional cheesecake is often mixed with other ingredients to make divine combos like the strawberry cheesecake, Oreo cheesecake, blueberry cheesecake, etc. Since cheesecake is so popular and dearly loved by everyone, it does not come as a surprise that in America, there’s a national day of celebration solely dedicated to cheesecakes! In case you are wondering about the date, it is the 30th of July.
Storing a Cheesecake
While most of us love to devour the creamy, delicious cheesecake, a lot of people are often clueless when it comes to storing their favorite dessert. Did you know that you can store a cheesecake for up to 3 months? Sure, nobody wants to wait that long to eat a cake. Nonetheless, there are situations when you may want to store your cheesecake for just that long. Whether you have bought too much of it or wants to store your cheesecake to enjoy on some other day, maybe you are saving it for a special occasion, storing it is the only option!
If you are a cheesecake lover, you will be glad to know that there are multiple ways to store your favorite cake and make it last for a long time. As with most things, the best method to store your cheesecake depends on how long you wish to store. Keep in mind that while some culinary experts say you can store a cheesecake for up to 3 months, others believe that it should be consumed with 1 to 2 months to enjoy the best taste and texture. Let’s take a look at some methods that you can follow to store your cheesecakes to always have “in case of sweet-tooth emergency” cheesecake in your fridge!
This is the easiest and perhaps the most basic method to increase the longevity of your cheesecake. Just store it in the fridge! However, it will only give you a few extra days. If you want to keep it absolutely fresh for more than a day or two, you may have to take a few extra measures. However, if you only want to keep it overnight or for a day, covering your cheesecake and keeping it in the refrigerator is the best option to go for!
Bring Out the Plastic Wrap
Another easy method to properly store a cheesecake involves wrapping it in plastic wrap. Make sure that the cheesecake is tightly wrapped because it is crucial for keeping it fresh. Once you are sure that your cheesecake is properly wrapped, place it in the fridge. This method gives you around 2 – 3 days to enjoy your cheesecake. However, if you are looking to store it for longer than that, you may want to freeze it!
This method is essentially the same as the one where you wrap your cheesecake in a plastic wrap. The only difference is that while in the former method you use a plastic wrap to keep your cheesecake away from the air, this time, you use an airtight container. All you have to do is put your cheesecake in an airtight container and place it in the fridge. Viola! You just increased the longevity of your favorite cake by 2 – 3 days!
If you are using this method to store your cheesecake, it is advisable to not wait more than 3 days (at maximum) to eat your cake. Waiting any longer can result in the deterioration in the taste and texture of your cheesecake.
If you have a serious case of a sweet tooth, you probably take your desserts very seriously. Therefore, it does not come as a surprise that you may want to store your cheesecake for up to 2 – 3 months! If this sounds like something you would want to do, the good news is that it is totally possible to do so! However, the only way of making sure your cheesecake is edible after the period of 2 -3 months is to freeze it. Scroll down to read the method for properly storing your cheesecake.
- Start by cooling your cheesecake in a fridge.
- Once it is fully cool, move the cheesecake to a freezer.
- Let it sit in the freezer for about an hour. Make sure you leave it uncovered while it sits in your freezer.
- If your cheesecake is in a springform pan, it is best to remove the sides of the pan before you leave the cheesecake to freeze in the freeze.
- After an hour, take the cheesecake out of the freezer and separate it from the bottom of the pan. You may have to use a knife to pry it away from the bottom of the pan.
- Once you remove the frozen cheesecake from the pan, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap.
- Place your cheesecake in a large freezer bag or wrap in heavy duty aluminum foil.
- Place it in a freezer to keep it fresh for a longer period!
Remember, while you can freeze a cheesecake to up to 3 months, to retain the best quality, it is advisable you consume it within 1 – 2 months.
Defrosting a cheesecake is just as crucial as freezing it. You don’t want to mess it up! The best way to defrost a frozen cheesecake is to take it out of the fridge and leave it overnight in the refrigerator. This works best for whole cakes. If you are working with individual slices, you can defrost them in a refrigerator or at room temperature for about 45 – 60 minutes before serving.
Here are a few important tips that you must keep in mind while storing your cheesecake for the long haul.
- Before you put your cheesecake in the freezer, it is best to label it and write the date on the package. This way, you can always know how long you have till you can eat your cake.
- If you are storing your cheesecake for just 2 -3 days but want to be extra careful, wrap it in a plastic sheet AND keep it in a plastic container before placing it in the fridge.
- If storing an entire cake is taking most of the space in your freezer, it is advisable to cut it into pieces before freezing.
- Make sure you remove all sorts of toppings and garnishing from your cheesecake before freezing it.
So, which method are you going to use to store your cheesecakes from now on? Whether you store it overnight or plan on keeping it for months, make sure you do it properly because, for those who love their desserts, nothing’s worse than having to throw a cheesecake to trash. Follow the expert tips and tricks to make sure you make the most of your favorite dessert and enjoy it on your own pace!