Can Cream Cheese Go Bad? Expired? Spoiled? How to Store?

Do you have a tub of cream cheese in your fridge that you’re not sure if it’s still good? How long does cream cheese last, and what are the signs of spoilage?

In this blog post, we will answer all of your questions about cream cheese!

We’ll cover everything from how to store unopened cream cheese to whether or not it’s OK to eat expired cream cheese.

So let’s dive right in!

Cream Cheese Can Keep For How Long?

First of all, let’s talk about the shelf life of cream cheese. The duration of a product’s shelf life depends on how it is stored.

For example, if you store an opened cream cheese tub or block at room temperature unrefrigerated, then it will keep for up to 2 hours after opening!

However, if you store it in the fridge at a temperature between 35-40°F (or 0-5°C), then it will keep for about one to two weeks.

If your cream cheese is still sealed and has not been opened yet, you should expect that unopened cream cheese will last for about a month or less after the sell-by date.

Signs of Spoiled Cream Cheese

If you have a tub or block of cream cheese that has been open for more than two weeks, or if it’s past its sell-by date, then there are some signs to look out for indicating spoilage.

Mold usually doesn’t penetrate far. Therefore for hard cheese such as parmesan, you can cut off 1-inch around those areas with a knife and discard the moldy parts. It should be safe to consume the rest of the cheese.

But that’s not the case for soft cheese like cream cheese. If you see mold growing on top of the cream cheese, the mold likely has infested other parts the cheese and it is no longer safe to eat.

Besides mold, there are other signs that cream cheese has gone bad. These include off odors, slimy texture, and a color change (usually becoming more yellow or dark).

If you notice any of these signs, then it’s best not to eat the entire product and dispose of it.

Also, If the cream cheese has a sour smell, then it’s likely spoiled and you should not consume it. The fresh cream cheese smells slightly naturally acidic, light, and milky.

How to Properly Store Cream Cheese?

Cream cheese should be kept in the refrigerator with a temperature between 35-40°F (or 0-5°C). The recommended way is to place the cream cheese in its original packaging and then store it.

It is important to properly wrap and seal the cream cheese container or tub as exposure to air will increase its risk of spoiling.

For a foil-wrapped block, press out all the air before wrapping it tightly. Then, wrap with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and then place it in an airtight container.

If you’re not going to use all of the cream cheese within two weeks, then you can freeze it for later. Read How to Freeze Cream Cheese here.

It will last for about two months in the freezer.

It’s important not to refreeze Cream Cheese after it’s been thawed.

How to Store Cream Cheese Frosting?

If you have leftover cream cheese frosting, you can place it in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to three days.

Do not freeze the frosting as it will affect the texture.

After refrigeration, the frosting will be quite stiff and not easy to work with it. Just leave the container on the counter for about an hour at room temperature.

Then, stir it until soft enough for use again. Here is How to Fix Lumpy Cream Cheese.

Can Cream Cheese Frosting Be Left Out?

The cream cheese frosting can only be left unrefrigerated for two hours before it starts to spoil. The reason is that cream cheese is a real cheese made from milk and cream, and you should keep all dairy products refrigerated at all times.

Is It OK to Use Expired Cream Cheese?

Cream cheese is a perishable food and it’s not a good idea to use expired cream cheese. The reason is that the product has passed its shelf life and the quality is no longer guaranteed.

You may notice it become watery or runny and the consistency may become different.

But sometimes, you may find that the cream cheese has passed its sell-by date slightly but it still looks good and is not spoiled yet.

In this case, you may be OK to still use it.

You should not consume cream cheese that’s 6 months after its expiration date.

What Happens if You Eat Spoiled Cream Cheese?

If you eat spoiled cream cheese, there is a risk that you may develop food poisoning symptoms.

The symptoms can range from mild to severe and include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps.

If you experience any of these symptoms after eating cream cheese, then see a doctor right away.

Can Cream Cheese Make You Sick?

Yes, it can make you sick if spoiled. The reason is that cream cheese goes bad and the bacteria found in spoiled cream cheese may cause food poisoning symptoms.

So, be sure to check for any signs of spoilage before eating cream cheese.

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