Jul 6, 2023
Food storage doesn’t have to be purely about calories and sustenance for survival. You want something that can also boost your morale when you’re in a bind or stressed out. And one of the things that can perk you up is a sweet, decadent, totally delicious cheesecake. Here we’ll show you how to freeze dry cheesecake, so you’ll have a pick-me-upper without worrying about cold storage.
Yes, you can! You’ll even see some commercial brands carrying freeze-dried cheesecake as part of their shelf-stable food supply.
You can freeze-dry almost any type of cheesecake. Of course, blueberry cheesecake is one of the popular ones, but you can also go for strawberry or raspberry cheesecakes. Chocolate-flavored ones like the Tuxedo Cheesecake from ALDI are also good. They might not last longer compared to other flavors, though, because they’re made of chocolate,
The best way to prepare this delicious dessert is to cut them into bite-sized pieces. Much like cheesecake bites that you pop into your mouth to eat. It’s easier to consume the dessert this way, and you won’t make a mess.
You can freeze your cheesecake for 30 minutes to an hour before cutting. Don’t do it too long that your dessert becomes hard as a rock. What you want is to firm up the dessert to make it easy to slice without falling down or crumbling.
This is an option, but it would certainly help make things easy for you and your freeze dryer. Freezing the cheesecake keeps it from spoiling better than keeping it in the fridge. Your freeze dryer will freeze it anyway, so you might as well help it out. Especially if you have so many things to do and your freeze dryer’s still processing other food.
Since you already partially froze the cheesecake for cutting, it’s better to finish the process. Put the cake slices back in the freezer on the same tray you’ll be freeze-drying them.
Got your dessert ready? It’s time to start freeze drying, and it’s fun doing it with a Harvest Right freeze dryer.
Freeze-drying cheesecake takes between 13-24 hours. Plain cheesecake freeze dries faster compared to those that have moist toppings or have chocolate in them.
Freeze-dried cheesecake should be light, airy, and crumbly. You’ll know once you touch and taste it afterward. The best time to test this is when the trays are still warm, so it’s easier to detect a temperature discrepancy than when the trays become cold.
You can store freeze-dried in Mylar bags for long-term storage. They’re designed to keep air and moisture out, keeping your freeze-dried food suitable to eat for years. If you’re going to eat your cheesecake within a week or month, mason jars work best. They’re resealable and reusable each time you make a new batch of treats.
Before sealing, throw in oxygen absorbers. About 1-2 of 300cc oxygen absorbers do the job well for every gallon-size container. These take out residual oxygen in your container, one of the major causes of food spoilage. Remember to replace them each time you open your container.
Stored properly, your freeze-dried dessert can last for 25 years or more. If you have a cheesecake with chocolate, it might not last that long. But it will still be longer than a storage life of 3-5 days in the fridge.
This is one of the freeze-dried food best eaten as is. Unfortunately, it doesn’t reconstitute well like other freeze-dried food. It doesn’t absorb water efficiently and disintegrates when you soak it too long.
Others recommend that you wrap it in a damp paper towel moistened with water or milk. Next, wrap it up and keep it in a Ziplock bag, then let it reconstitute in the fridge overnight. It will not have the same texture and consistency as its fresh counterpart, though.
Freeze drying cheesecake is easy and very simple to do. It’s a great treat and a wonderful gift for birthdays, Thanksgiving, or the Holidays. Have you thought of what you want to do with your freeze-dried cheesecake? Let us know in the comment section.
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