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Can You Freeze Cream Cheese?

Question: I recently purchased several packages of cream cheese, intending to use it for cheesecake. But my plans changed, so would it be a good idea to freeze the cream cheese and use it later?

Answer: Yes— you can freeze cream cheese successfully if you are planning to use it for baking or cooking purposes.

While frozen cream cheese will always remain safe to consume, the cheese's texture will typically change after it’s been frozen and thawed. But as the food safety specialists at North Dakota State University point out, frozen cream cheese can work fine as an ingredient for cooking.

So you probably shouldn’t plan on spreading the frozen cream cheese on your bagel. But when it comes to freezing the cream cheese for use in your next cheesecake, you’re likely to be satisfied with the results.

To freeze cream cheese, wrap the original package tightly in heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap or place the package in a heavy-duty freezer bag. Thaw the frozen cream cheese in the refrigerator, and plan to use it within two or three days.

For best results, use frozen cream cheese within 2 months.

See Also:
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