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Old 02-17-2005, 10:21 PM   #1
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can I still use my frozen cream cheese?

I froze it back about three months ago and haven't pulled it out of the freezer yet. I was wondering if it's going to work okay as far as consistency if I try to use it for a dip or anything now.

I know that when I froze some table cream for coffee, it was terrible when I thawed it out to use. It tasted fine, but it looked curdled and my daughter refused to use it.

Thanks for your help.

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Old 02-18-2005, 10:16 AM   #2
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I didn't know you can freeze cream cheese.............can you actually freeze this stuff? I know someone will pop on and enlighten us.
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I didn't know you can freeze cream cheese.............can you actually freeze this stuff? I know someone will pop on and enlighten us.
OH NO! MAYBE YOU CAN'T!!!!!!!
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Old 02-18-2005, 10:26 AM   #4
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We'll find out sometime soon I'm sure. Kitchen Elf, PA or Chocolate will surely be the ones to tell us. It would be wonderful if I find out we can but I have a feeling we can't.
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Old 02-18-2005, 10:29 AM   #5
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Geesh!

I should have asked before I froze the darned thing! I was expecting company that never came and was trying to watch what I ate, so decided I didn't need that sitting around.

I might have to throw it out now. What a waste!
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Old 02-18-2005, 10:41 AM   #6
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It's still edible, Jovin, but the texture will probably be affected. Is it in its original packaging? The low-fat and fat-free varieties don't freeze well at all, but if it's the regular, you can still use it.

Thaw the cream cheese in the refrigerator. Don't unwrap it first! The texture will be a little more grainy or crumbly (similar to what you saw happen to your milk, but solid, not liquid). It will work fine if you use it as an ingredient in something. If you want to spread it on a bagle or toast, try putting it in a mixer and mixing it to smooth it out a bit--I can't guarantee it will help but it's worth a try.
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Old 02-18-2005, 10:53 AM   #7
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It IS the light cream cheese and it's also the generic brand, so I guess it doesn't sound too promising.

I'm having company for lunch next Wednesday and was thinking of making...no..that's a different recipe..not a veggie dip! I think I'd better pass on it, and maybe just chalk it up to a learning experience.

I'll try to see what it's like though for myself, and I appreciate your advice very much.
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Oh, and yes, it's in the original package and hadn't been opened.
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Jovin, I'd give it a try, just for the sake of learning, if nothing else. Probably not the best cream cheese to use for company, but try whipping up something else with it for your famiily and then at least you know.

I bet you could thaw it and use it to make cream cheese brownies or chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese centers. Since the cheese is beaten with sugar and baked, I'm thinking that would help smooth it out.
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Old 02-18-2005, 11:03 AM   #10
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Pa, the only trouble with that suggestion is that I live alone and I'm overweight! I'm trying so hard to lose and am not getting too far.

But I AM going to thaw it now in the fridge and see where it goes from there...maybe make those little cherry stuffed tomatoes that my daughter gave me her recipe for..they look so cute, and I could eat them forever!

I guess I'd have to, since there's only me here!
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