Do you like to buy your cream cheese in bulk when it’s on sale, but then end up having some leftovers that you don’t know what to do with?
Or maybe you opened a new package of cream cheese and only need a little bit for a recipe.
Whatever the case may be, did you know that you can freeze cream cheese? It’s true! In this blog post, we will teach you how to freeze cream cheese (block/tub), how to thaw it, and how to use it.
We will also answer some common questions about freezing cream cheese. So keep reading for all the details!
Can you freeze cream cheese?
Yes, you can freeze cream cheese! However, there are a few things to keep in mind.
First of all, it’s better to freeze cream cheese that is still in the original package.
For blocks, you can freeze it unopened and then thaw the entire block later. Or you can freeze the leftovers from a foil that has already been opened. Just be sure to wrap the foil tightly before putting it in the freezer to prevent freezer burn. You can also stick the carton or cardboard box right in the freezer, that’s even better.
Alternatively, it’s best to cut the cream cheese into smaller pieces before freezing. That way, you’ll be able to thaw only the amount that you need.
For tubs of cream cheese, you can freeze the entire tub and then thaw it later. Or, if you’ve already opened the tub, make sure that your container lid is tight and secure before putting it in the freezer.
How do you freeze?
If you bought a tub of cream cheese, it’s best to freeze the entire tub. When you need some, just take out what you need and let it sit on the countertop at room temperature until thawed (about 30 minutes), or put it in the fridge to thaw overnight if you want to wait longer.
If your cream cheese block isn’t in the original foil, then at least wrap your leftover block of cream cheese tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil before putting it into an airtight container for storage. Then put that container in the freezer!
Also, you can put it in a freezer bag and squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing the bag. This will prevent the cream cheese from getting the freeze burn.
Label the package with the date so you know how long it’s been in the freezer. Frozen cream cheese will last for about two months or less.
How do you thaw cream cheese?
There are a few different ways to thaw cream cheese.
The easiest way is to place the wrapped package of cream cheese in the fridge overnight and let it slowly defrost.
If you’re in a hurry, you can place the wrapped package of cream cheese in a bowl of cold water for about 30 minutes. Just be sure to change the water every so often.
You could also microwave the cream cheese on low power, just take the cream cheese out of its foil packaging and set it on a microwave-safe bowl. But we don’t recommend this method because it’s easy to overheat and ruin your cream cheese in the process.
How do you use previously frozen cream cheese?
You can use thawed cream cheese just like you would fresh or regular cream cheese.
Some people find that it has a slightly different texture than normal, but most won’t notice any difference at all. If you find them unsuitable, you can use it in baking recipes, for frostings, cheesecake, or anything else that calls for cream cheese.
If the texture is changed to slightly grainy or lumpy, you can add some milk or water and blend them well in a blender to smooth so you don’t end up with a lumpy mess.
How To Make Soft Cream Cheese Again?
If you’d like to make your cream cheese smooth again, there are a few things that you can do:
- Add in some milk or water and mix well with an electric mixer. This will help to smooth out any lumps that may have formed while freezing, and you should end up with a creamy texture like before.
- Try adding some sour cream into the mix as well. This will give your cream cheese an extra bit of creaminess and restore it to its original consistency.
- Alternatively, you can also use the microwave to warm up the cream cheese. Just heat it for a few seconds, then stir and repeat until you get the desired texture.
Cream cheese is crumbly?
If your cream cheese block is crumbly, it may be because it has been frozen for too long.
Depending on the moisture content and ingredients used for the cream cheese varieties (minimum 33% milk fat and maximum 55% moisture), freezing and thawing can cause ice crystals formation where the water is pulled from the emulsified fats, and separation of cheese solids can occur.
This will make it crumbly or mealy in texture, so it’s not as ideal for spreading or using in recipes.
What about Philadelphia cream cheese? Does that freeze well?
Philadelphia cream cheese does freeze well, and it can be used in recipes after thawing.
It may not have the same texture as when fresh, but if you want to use it for cooking or baking, that’s fine!
If you’re trying to make a dip or spread with Philadelphia cream cheese (or any other type of cream cheese), you may want to consider softening the cream cheese as mentioned above before using it.
What can I do with too much cream cheese?
If you’ve got a lot of cream cheese that needs to be used up, there are several things you can do.
You could make cheesecake and freeze it so the next time friends come over for dinner they’ll have dessert waiting! You may also want to try adding some sour cream into your recipe, which will give an extra bit of creaminess and restore it to its original consistency.
If you’re looking for some other ideas, here are some recipes that use cream cheese:
Cream Cheese Pound Cake – This is a delicious cake recipe with the soft texture of pound cakes. You’ll be able to freeze this one without worrying about losing any flavor or texture!
Cream Cheese Frosting – This frosting is a classic for a reason – it’s delicious and perfect for cakes, cupcakes, or even brownies. It also freezes well so you can keep some on hand for later.
Lasagna Rolls – These rolls are filled with creamy cheese and topped with your favorite sauce. They’re perfect for a family dinner and can easily be frozen for later.
Cream Cheese Potato Soup – This potato soup is creamy, comforting, and perfect for a winter day. It’s also easy to make and can be frozen for later.
Pecan Pie Bars – These bars are sweet, nutty, and perfect for the holidays (or any time of year!). The best part is that they’re easy to make and can be frozen for later.
And there are plenty more recipes where those came from! Just do a quick search online or in your favorite cookbook, and you’ll find plenty of recipes that use cream cheese.
How long can I freeze cream cheese?
Cream cheese can be frozen for up to two months. After that, the quality may start to degrade and it may not taste as good. So if you’ve got a lot of cream cheese to freeze, try to use it within two months!
Can you freeze cream cheese frosting?
Cream cheese frosting can be frozen, and it’s a great way to save time when making cakes or cupcakes.
To freeze cream cheese frosting, just put it in an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to three months. When you’re ready to use it, let thaw at room temperature before using it as usual.