Can You Freeze Cream Cheese?

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Question: Can You Freeze Cream Cheese?

Tempted to stock up on cream cheese while it's on sale, and wondering if you can freeze it?

Answer: Yes, you can freeze cream cheese, but it will change the texture considerably (making it more crumbly and less creamy). Because of this, frozen cream cheese is best used in baked or cooked dishes, where the change won't be noticeable. So, if you want to freeze some cream cheese to use in your next cheesecake go for it.

Just know you probably won't be happy with the results, if you're hoping to fill your freezer with cream cheese to top your morning bagel. It won't spread the way you're used to.

But that doesn't mean you can't take advantage of a sale. Unopened cream cheese can be safely stored in the fridge for a month past the sell-by date stamped on the box. Of course, you should always discard any cheese that has mold on it or an off smell or appearance. Trust your senses, and toss anything that's questionable.

The Best Way to Freeze Cream Cheese

Some websites recommend adding another layer of wrapping to cream cheese before you freeze it, but that really isn't necessary. Blocks of cream cheese already come wrapped in foil and cardboard, and that's ample protection against freezer burn. Just tuck them in the freezer, and try to use them as soon as you can. They'll keep indefinitely, but will be at their best, if you use them within two months.Sounds like a good excuse to make a cheesecake, don't you think?

And while it probably goes without saying, you shouldn't waste freezer space freezing old cream cheese. It's not going to be any better than the day you put it in there. So, if you have something that needs to be thrown out, go ahead and chuck it. No one likes to waste food, but risking your health by eating old cheese is far worse.

How to Use Frozen Cream Cheese

When you're ready to pull some cream cheese from the freezer, just shift it over to your fridge and allow it to thaw. Then, use it as you normally would.

Freezing Other Cheeses

If you have limited freezer space, you may find freezing other cheeses to be more worthwhile. Hard and semi-hard cheeses, like cheddar, Parmesan and mozzarella tend to freeze better than soft cheeses, like cream cheese. In fact, you probably won't notice any changes in taste or texture, if you freeze a hard cheese. So, go ahead and load up the next time you come across a good sale or coupon.

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