OK to use expired cream cheese?

khandiOctober 20, 2008

I just remembered that I had 2 packages of cream cheese in the refrigerator. Checked the expiry date which reads June 15th. They've never been opened. Are they okay to use to make cheesecake?

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angelaid

If they're not green and smell fine, I'd use them.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2008 at 4:10PM
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maureen_me

I've used cream cheese when the seal on the inside foil wrapper hasn't been opened, even long after the date on the package. I figure if there's nothing green and fuzzy growing on it, it's fine. It is cheese, after all. ;o)

    Bookmark   October 20, 2008 at 4:11PM
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maureen_me

Great minds.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2008 at 4:12PM
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lindac

I am currently using a block of cream cheese dated in MARCH!...It's fine...might have a little more "tang"...but in my opinion it's better.
Cheese is already spoiled...a little more doesn't hyrt it...even green mold doesn't make it harmful....and in my refrigerator all mold is green!...A consequence of always having lots of Blue cheese in there.
Linda C

    Bookmark   October 20, 2008 at 4:23PM
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khandi

Thanks for your input!

    Bookmark   October 20, 2008 at 5:33PM
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proudmamato4

I agree with the above!
Nancy

    Bookmark   October 20, 2008 at 6:36PM
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jimtex

You guys are braver than me.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2008 at 8:13PM
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colleenoz

I would. Sealed cream cheese lasts pretty well indefinitely in my book.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2008 at 8:24PM
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lakeguy35

LOL James! I've used it past the use by date... not as far back as March though...lol. I use cream and buttermilk past their use by dates too.....smell and tasted guide my final decision.

I know we have discussed freezing it before but I can't remember what the verdict was on that one. I'd like to stock up the next time it's on sale. I mainly use it for frosting, danish, soup, and of course cheese cake.

David

    Bookmark   October 20, 2008 at 8:27PM
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mustangs81

DH was on a cream cheese celery binge so I stocked up as he was consuming 1 - 8oz every two days. I should have known not to stock up knowing his short tolerance for eating the same foods. This is good information and like David, I can't recall the answer but here is what I found:

Under normal refrigerator conditions of 40 degrees at all times, an unopened package of cream cheese is good 1 month past the Best When Purchased By date on the carton. Once opened cream cheese should be used within 10 days.

Don't freeze cream cheese that will be used for spreading. When thawed, it may look curdled in appearance and have a crumbly texture. However, you can freeze regular brick cream cheese for up to 2 months for use as an ingredient in recipes. Freeze in its original container.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2008 at 8:28AM
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lakeguy35

Thanks for the info Cathy! : )

    Bookmark   October 21, 2008 at 8:31PM
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carrie2

I just spent some time in a friend's apartment in NYC and when scrounging for something to eat found quite a few out-of-date items. I opened a (previously unopened) box of Kellogg's Sugar Frosted Flakes that had expired in February 2003 and they were delicious with whole milk, maybe a little lighter and crunchier than fresh ones would be. I also ate individually wrapped Kraft cheddar cheese pieces which had expired about two years ago. Those were good, too. I also ate some pasta and pasta sauce which were past their sell-by dates and found nothing wrong with them. The only things I found which had really gone bad were fresh eggs. They were dried out and gooey, but not moldy. Those went into the trash.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2008 at 8:23PM
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dixiedog_2007

LOL!!! I was laughing at Linda using cream cheese from March but Carrie "you win!" That is tooooo funny!!!

In all honesty I am laughing not making any judgment or anything!

I've definetly used stuff beyond it's expiration date but not that far - I'm not that brave.:)

    Bookmark   October 22, 2008 at 9:10PM
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shaun

Carrie you musta been really hungry. hahahah!!

I can't eat expired food. Just can't do it.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2008 at 10:19PM
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lindac

Tell me....what's to go wrong with the cream cheese? Nothing! It becomes cheesier!
If you buy a chunk of 2 year old cheddar, do you toss it after 3 months in the refrigerator is it hasn't grown fuzz? Of course not...
How about 6 month old soda crackers....even though the box hasn't been opened? yep Toss it, it will be rancid and nasty!
But the cream cheese is fine.
Linda c

    Bookmark   October 22, 2008 at 11:07PM
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carla35

I don't know. I personally wouldn't have used it pass a month old.

According to wikipedia.. Cream cheese is not naturally matured and is meant to be consumed fresh so it differs from other soft cheeses such as Brie and Neufchâtel. More comparable in taste, texture, and production methods are Boursin and Mascarpone.

Not all cheeses are a like...of course, cheddar is going to keep long; it's a hard cheese. I think they even have to put a perservative in cream cheese to hold it longer.

When in doubt, throw it out... especially with refrigerated foods and dairy.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2008 at 9:31AM
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annie1992

Nah, I use it if it's not moldy. Harder cheeses you can remove the mold from, but not the soft ones, it gets into the soft cheese and I can still taste it.

I'd have eaten the Frosted Flakes, no problem, they're just grain and sugar, what could go wrong? Ditto the pasta and sauce and probably even the cheese slices, as long as they were sealed up. The eggs, those usually don't even get rotten, they just kind of dry up, so I agree with tossing those.

Most dates on package are "sell by" dates, not expiration dates. Of course, since I grow my own beef, I'll have half a cow at a time in my freezer. The USDA used to say I could only keep it 9 months. What a crock, now at least they say it will be safe to eat indefinitely if frozen but the quality will deteriorate.

So, many of the "sell by" dates have to do with quality, not safety.

Annie

    Bookmark   October 24, 2008 at 11:02AM
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