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To freeze or not to freeze - cream cheese

Last post Feb 27, 2005 11:47 PM by Cabot . 7 replies.


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  • To freeze or not to freeze - cream cheese
    I have read in the past where you shouldn't freeze cream cheese. Yet I have read on some post where some freeze cream cheese when they buy it on sale. I am looking for the good and bad (hopefully there are no bad experiences) from freezing cream cheese. I have used a partial 8oz block of cream cheese and hate to throw the rest out. Yet I have been told to use cream cheese within 1 week of opening it.

    Thanks for any suggestions and experiences you post.
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  • RE: To freeze or not to freeze - cream cheese
    I freeze cream cheese all of the time. I use it to cook and bake with and it's fine. I have also mixed it into dips. I wouldn't use it for a recipe that called for pouring something over the block of cream cheese though. Carol
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  • RE: To freeze or not to freeze - cream cheese
    To me, the cream cheese once frozen has a different texture and separates in some recipes, just like other dairy products like sour cream do when frozen.
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  • RE: To freeze or not to freeze - cream cheese
    Cream cheese gets grainy if frozen. Maybe it will work ok for somethings but I wouldn't recommend it for cheesecake for sure.
    BJ
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  • RE: To freeze or not to freeze - cream cheese
    According to the chart from the Cooperative Extension Service from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas on Refrigerator/Freezer Approximate Storage Times...

    Cream cheese can be frozen, recommended time - no longer than 1 month. Becomes crumbly when frozen; can be used in cooking when creaminess is not important. Freezing changes texture of soft cheeses.

    (Note: same information for ricotta cheese.)
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  • RE: To freeze or not to freeze - cream cheese
    the philidelphia brand website says you can freeze cream cheese but the shelf life is so long most people don't find it necessary.
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  • RE: To freeze or not to freeze - cream cheese
    I freeze cream cheese all the time. It's fine for baking and cooking...I've never had a problem. The texture does change a little bit, so I don't think it would work well for dips or cheese balls once it's been frozen.
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  • RE: To freeze or not to freeze - cream cheese
    I had no idea that stuff could be frozen. Thanks!
    Lynn in Cabot
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