I often get asked, Can you freeze cream cheese? The answer is Yes and No. I know that sounds funny but YES you can freeze it. Will it be as good as if it had never been frozen? Well that depends on how you plan to use it.
Cream Cheese – You can freeze it directly in the original package. It does change the consistency once frozen however if are using it in cooking or heated then just use a spoon to smooth the texture then it is no problem. You can also microwave it to smooth as well. As it cools it will not be as creamy as if unfrozen so I find it best to use for cooking or not in its original form for best results. I freeze it all of the time! I use it for skyline dip and taco dip or other recipes that call for cream cheese. It can also be used for spreading but I do find it to be crumbly so you do have to use a spoon smooth and microwave it to get it back to a somewhat normal consistency. However it will work.
You can also freeze Philadelphia Cooking Cream. It works fine because you are cooking with it! I have frozen it and then thawed it and microwaved it to smooth and then cooked with it.
By freezing you can extend the life by 4 to 6 months. Just write the date you put it into the freezer with a permanent marker so you know how long it has been there.
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