To freeze, seal a whole cheesecake or pieces in heavy foil or an airtight container. You should plan on using a whole cheesecake within one month and individual pieces within two weeks. To serve, loosen the covering and thaw the whole cheesecake in the refrigerator for 24 hours or thaw individual pieces at room temperature.
Gently beat the filling after you add the eggs and stir in the remaining ingredients by hand. Vigorous beating will allow too much air which may cause the cheesecake to puff up, then fall and crack. As a test for doneness, if the cake jiggles, return it to the oven for more baking. Inserting a knife for this purpose may cause the knife hole to grow into a large crack. Also, set a minute timer for the exact cooling time recommended in the recipe.
You can keep cheesecake for up to three days if covered and refrigerated.
When removed from the oven your cheesecake may seem soft in the center, but it will become firm as it chills.
Test your cheesecake for doneness at the minimum baking time range to avoid over-baking. Remember, as a test for doneness, if the cake jiggles, return it to the oven for more baking. Inserting a knife for this purpose may cause the knife hole to grow into a large crack.