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Can you freeze cream cheese

How to Freeze Cream Cheese

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 0 hours
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Wondering whether you can freeze cream cheese? Here’s what to know if you’re considering throwing a block into the freezer.


  • 1 package cream cheese


  1. Determine whether to freeze the cream cheese. Frozen cream cheese has a grainy texture once it’s defrosted, but you should be able to stir it back into an integrated texture. Avoid using frozen cream cheese in cheesecake or anywhere where the creamy texture is key to the recipe.
  2. If the cream cheese is unopened, leave it in the original packaging. If it is opened, wrap it in it’s packaging wrapper, then place it in a freezer-safe resealable plastic bag. 
  3. Use a permanent marker to label the cream cheese with a “use by” date that is 2 months in the future for unopened cheese and 2 weeks in the future for opened cheese.
  4. If using a plastic bag, partially seal the bag, then use a straw to suck out all air from the bag.
  5. Place the cheese in the freezer and freeze for up to 2 months (unopened) or 2 weeks (opened). 
  6. To defrost, place the cheese in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Then place it in a bowl and use a spoon to mix the cream cheese back into an integrated consistency. 
  • Category: Frozen
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Cheese
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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