Cream cheese makes everything more delicious, whether it’s used for spreading on crackers for a quick snack or for making a dip extra creamy, or for baking a special cheesecake. Cheese lovers will surely have a tub of this in their refrigerator and serious bakers horde packs of it in their pantry.
But, have you ever craved that smooth, delicious cheese, but then found that your cream cheese has gone past its expiry date? It is such a waste to throw out good food, so here’s everything you need to know
Let’s say you have bought a few extra tubs of cream cheese at the supermarket. Perhaps they were on sale at a bargain price you couldn't resist or maybe you bought more than you needed for a baking project. Chances are, there are one or two now lying in your fridge unopened.
The good news is, your unopened cream cheese is probably still safe to enjoy! Because of modern packing techniques and production standards, food products are preserved much longer.
Once you’ve broken the manufacturer’s seal and exposed your yummy spread to the elements, its shelf life also starts to decrease rapidly. Cream cheese lasts for one to two weeks from the time you open it – if you do not eat it all before that!
A cream cheese’s life is quite volatile because it has not gone through much processing or pasteurization. It can also be affected by many different factors, such as how high the fat content is, whether it is plain or flavored with fruit, nuts, vegetables, or even fish, and how it is stored.
Another way to ensure that your cream cheese lasts for a long time is to avoid it getting contaminated once the tub is opened, so be sure that you do not get any
You must check individual sell-by dates carefully as each manufacturer’s process is different. Despite the guidelines above, check your particular cheese before you deem it to be safe for consumption.
Use your senses:
Always trust your instincts when deciding whether it had gone off or not. If there is any doubt, throw it out. It’s hard to waste food, but it's much worse to get food poisoning from cream cheese that’s gone bad.