(Updated From May 10, 2014)

Cheesecake is the million-dollar dessert that you just can’t bear to throw away. They are so good but so rich. Unless you have a real party, there’s likely to be some left over. Before you guiltily indulge in every last crumb, know that those decadent treats can be stored as leftovers without a hitch. Here’s what you can do with those too-good-to-waste leftovers, whether you’re freezing your cheesecake or refrigerating it.

To Refrigerate Your Cheesecake:

Wrapped in plastic, your leftover cheesecake will last three days in the refrigerator. If you have an airtight container that you can put it in, it’ll last five days. Refrigerating your leftover cheesecake is best for when you plan to eat it soon.

When we have more than a few slices of cheesecake leftover, we like to freeze it instead, and it’s like having a precious gem locked away for safekeeping or for a rainy day.

To Freeze Your Cheesecake:

To freeze individual slices, wrap them in foil or plastic wrap and place them in heavy freezer-type plastic bags. Freezing your leftover cheesecake will make the slices last for three weeks. You can freeze an entire cheesecake and it will last four to six weeks. Always store your frozen cheesecake in the freezer, not in the freezing compartment of your refrigerator where it is not as cold.

To Thaw Your Cheesecake:

Thaw your frozen leftover cheesecake overnight in the refrigerator. In a rush, individual slices can be thawed on the counter in thirty minutes.

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