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So, my friend wants me to make one of my "famous" cheesecakes to take home to his family. The drive is 12 hours. Is it possible for me to make the cheesecake tonight (bake it too), place directly in the freezer, let him put it in a cooler for the drive on Wednesday, freezer Wednesday night, and then have him pull it out 4 hours before serving on Thursday? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Completely scrapping the idea is always an option too, if one believes it will be a waste of a whole bunch of ingredients. I could make it and leave it with a friend here for a local Thanksgiving dinner. TIA!

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Last updated: Nov. 20, 2012 2:03 am
Posted: Nov. 19, 2012 6:23 pm
Commented by: janet7th
Nov. 19, 2012 6:52 pm
If the cheesecake is frozen to start the 12 hour trip and you take it on ice in a cooler, changing/adding ice as needed along the way, it should stay sufficiently cold (keep the cooler open as little as possible while adding ice). I wouldn't refreeze it, just keep refrigerated overnight until Thursday. Cheesecake "ripens" and the flavor develops so it;s better after a day or so. Just keep food safety principles in mind. The danger zone is between 40° and 140°. Food in the danger zone for 2 hours should be discarded. But,as I said, if you start the trip with it near 0° and keep it chilled along the way, it should be fine.
Nov. 19, 2012 7:14 pm
Assuming you can find it, pack bottom and top of carrier w/ dry ice and the cheesecake should stay frozen w/o him having to find more ice and possibly draining water from cooler.
Nov. 19, 2012 9:44 pm
Thanks Janet and Joe! I'm slightly worried he won't maintain the temperature and his family will get food poisoning, but I've given him the instructions and he thinks he found a place to buy dry ice. If not, instructions from Janet will be followed. Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov. 20, 2012 2:03 am
Hi, ellis! One of my son's fund-raising projects at school was selling cheesecakes. They arrived frozen, packed in dry ice. If the cake is frozen solid and packed in dry ice inside a cooler, it should be fine.
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