Can You Freeze Cream Cheese

Can You Freeze Cream Cheese?

Question:

My local grocery store is having a big sale on dairy products, and I’m planning to stock up on some of my favorite cream cheese. I’m just wondering if it’s possible to freeze cream cheese, and what’s the best way to go about it?

Answer:

The quick answer is yes. Just remember, though, that the texture of your cream cheese will change. It has a unique texture compared to other cheeses, and this is because of its unique composition. Apart from fat, more than half of cream cheese is made up of water. I’m sure we all know what happens to water stored in the freezer. It solidifies, turning into ice.

Don’t expect your cream cheese to retain the same texture it had prior to freezer storage. When you bring the cream cheese out for thawing, that creamy texture we love will become crumbly instead. Keep in mind, though, that the taste will be the same.

How To Properly Freeze Cream Cheese :

When putting cream cheese in the freezer, I like to add an extra layer of protection for my own piece of mind. I put them in vacuum seal or ziplock bags, making sure to squeeze all the excess air out before sealing. If I have several blocks I’m freezing, I also make sure to write their expiry date down legibly on the bag so I know which one to thaw first.

Thawing is pretty simple. The day before I need to use my cream cheese, I move it from the freezer to the fridge. The next day, it’s soft enough for use.

Great Uses For Frozen Cream Cheese :

Cream cheese that’s been frozen may not be the best bet as a spread on your bagels because of its altered texture. You can still use your thawed cream cheese in cooking, or mixing with other ingredients. Frozen cream cheese will still be good in dips, baked goods, and other dishes as an ingredient after thawing. All you need is to whip your thawed cream cheese, and it’s good to go.

If you’re still not satisfied with the texture of the cream cheese, or perhaps find it too watery for your taste, add ½ teaspoon of cream per 8 ounces to your thawed cream cheese to regain, or at least come close to regaining, a creamier texture. You can also try to heat the thawed cream cheese up in the microwave before whipping.

Things To Remember :

Don’t freeze low-fat cream cheese.

It may be a healthier way to indulge, but freezing low-fat cream cheese isn’t a good idea. Cream cheese’s texture is a result of the combination of water and fat. The low-fat version of cream cheese will, logically, have less fat than its regular counterpart.

If your average cream cheese cannot retain its creamy texture after thawing, how will a version with a lower fat content fare? If you’d like some low-fat cream cheese in your life, make sure to just keep it in the fridge.

Don’t freeze tubs of cream cheese.

Keep in mind that those tubs of cream cheese may not be your best bet for freezing. This type of cream cheese is usually mixed with other ingredients that won’t turn out well after thawing. The blocks of cream cheese, though, will get you good results with a little whipping and creativity.

I love to hear different ideas about food storage. Do you like to freeze cream cheese, and how do you go about it? Let me know in the comments!

About the Author Betty Brown

I'm Betty, happily married to a great husband and blessed with twins. When I'm not helping the kids out with homework, I'm researching about great dishes to try next! I'm always on the lookout for child-friendly recipes we could all try together as a family. Join me on my quest to improve my cooking skills and knowledge!

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