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Old 03-05-2012, 11:05 PM   #1
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Can cream cheese be frozen?

If so, I'm stocking up!
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Old 03-06-2012, 01:03 AM   #2
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:56 AM   #3
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It is illadvised. The texture changes and not in a good way.
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I tried it once and it didn't turn out too good. Now, if it is cooked in something it seems to be ok. At least for me. How many are you planning on buying? Do you know they expiration date on them? We sell cream cheese where I work (waaaaaay better that the "P" brand) and I have bought some, lost it in the fridge and have used it a month and more after the date on the package, as long as it has been sealed.
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I always stock up when it's on sale - but I don't freeze it. It stays good in the fridge for a long time!
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:36 AM   #6
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It gets a grainy, mealy texture after frozen...if used for cooking it seems to get rid of that consistency.
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I agree that unopened packages last WAY beyond their sell by date in the refrigerator. once opened, not so much! I have some that are about 4 months past date now and I'm quite sure they will be fine when I need them.

thinking about it, I don't think I have EVER found a fresh package of cream cheese to be bad or moldy, no matter how old it is. of course I haven't kept them for years or anything, but probably six months pretty regularly.

99 cents is my pricepoint for full fat Philadelphia cream cheese, the brand I like best. I am not big on name brands, but I find it really makes a difference in cream cheese.

Whenever you are storing something like this for a long time, bear in mind that the back of the top shelf of the refrigerator is the coldest place. The lower you get and the closer to the door, the warmer it is. For storing something like heavy cream for a period, it REALLY helps to put it RIGHT at the back of the top shelf, against the back wall.

I don't think cream cheese is that sensitive, but I do keep in at the back, of the second shelf.
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:52 AM   #8
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Don't do it. As others have said, the texture changes dramatically!
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Cream cheese unopened will stay fresh refrigerated at the proper temperature quite a long time after the expiration date. I have frozen it, it does affect quality. I freeze cream cheese balls and they're still creamy but I eat them frozen.
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Thanks all, I think I will buy a case (8 blocks) this week.
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