How-to Loosen Cheesecakes from the Pan
To prevent cracks during cooling, it’s important to loosen the cheesecake from the sides of pan after baking. First cool the cheesecake on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Then carefully run a table knife or a small metal spatula between the cheesecake and the inside of the pan. Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight before removing sides of pan.