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How Long Does Cheesecake Last?

How long does cheesecake last? The shelf life of cheesecake is influenced by a variety of factors, such as the type of cake, the preservatives used, the packaging date and how it is stored. Although the main ingredient in cheesecake is cream cheese it’s the variations within the cake, along with the different toppings and crusts, that make for many different varieties. Yet the rich creamy texture sets it apart from any other cake. It is important to note that cheesecake should not sit on the counter like regular cake can, it must be refrigerated or frozen.

So how long is cheesecake good for?  When properly stored at or below 40° F, it is good for: 

(Unopened) Refrigerator Freezer
Past Printed Date  Past Printed Date
Fresh Cheesecake lasts for 5-6 Days 6-8 Months
Frozen Cheesecake lasts for 5-6 Days 6-8 Months
Homemade Cheesecake lasts for 5-6 Days 6-8 Months
(Opened) Refrigerator Freezer
Cheesecake lasts for 5-7 Days 6-8 Months

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, cheesecake, like a lot of other dairy products, usually has a sell by date which is simply the last date that it should be sold, or a best by date which the manufacturer sets to guarantee product quality, not a date by which the product must be consumed. Because of this distinction, you may safely enjoy it even after its sell by date or best by date has lapsed. Make the cheesecake pictured, aptly labeled by Kraft as “our best cheesecake”.

How to tell if cheesecake is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your cheesecake has gone bad.  While fresh cheesecake has a creamy yellow color and a moist texture, it will begin to dry out and develop tan or brown edges. The crust will become overly moist and wet as it absorbs liquid leaking from the cake.  
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with all spoiled foods, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your cheesecake prior to its expiration date (eat by date).

How to store cheesecake to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the shelf life of cheesecake. You can help cheesecake keep fresh longer by storing it in your refrigerator at 40°F or lower immediately after purchase and every use. Keep your cheesecake tightly covered to keep out moisture and other contaminants. Because bacteria grows more rapidly in moist environments, cheesecake does not keep as long as hard cheeses and can develop mold.  
For a long-term option, you can freeze cheesecake without a change to its quality. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Interesting facts about the shelf life of cheesecake?

  • Most purchased cheesecakes contain natural or artificial preservatives to inhibit the growth of mold and other types of bacteria that cause spoilage.
  • How long is cheesecake good for when prepared in a dish?

    How long does cheesecake last? That depends. How long does jam last? In general, foods last only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient that they are mixed with. To find out how long those other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below!

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    What are our shelf life resources?

    Our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scour the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of cheesecake.

    *An important note about the expiration date of cheesecake …

    Although the cheesecake shelf life information provided by Eat By Date is generally reliable, it is in no way intended to substitute for the advice of a qualified health care provider.  Please eat responsibly!