- How long does an unopened container of spreadable cream cheese last? The exact answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of spreadable cream cheese, keep it refrigerated at all times.
How long does unopened spreadable cream cheese last in the refrigerator? An unopened container of spreadable cream cheese will generally keep for about 1 month after the "sell by" or "best before" date on the container, assuming it has been continuously refrigerated.
How long does spreadable cream cheese last at room temperature? If kept at temperatures above 40 °F, spreadable cream cheese will rapidly develop signs of spoilage; spreadable cream cheese should be discarded if left for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
Spreadable cream cheese does not freeze well and freezing is not recommended for quality purposes.
How can you tell if spreadable cream cheese is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the cream cheese: if the cream cheese turns yellow or develops an off odor or flavor, it should be discarded for quality purposes; if mold appears, discard the entire container.
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