In EmberJS, by default model properties are always saved through the serializers. This can be a problem if you have an Object in your model that is not a DS.Model, and you may get TypeError: cyclic object value errors in JSON.stringify when trying to serialize the model back to LocalStorage.

By extending the JSONSerializer (or the RESTSerializer in the same way), you can provide a new property transient to your model properties that will not persist this property when the object is saved:

  serializeAttribute: function(record, json, key, attribute) {
    if (!attribute.options.transient) {
      return this._super(record, json, key, attribute);

App.User = DS.Model.create({
  admin: DS.attr('boolean', { transient: true })