How To Defrost Cream Cheese

by Elizabeth Harding

When cream cheese is frozen, its texture changes and it may have a harder time spreading. This post will give you easy instructions on the best way to thaw it out.

Quick tip: It's easier to warm up a small quantity at a time than a whole tub; just spoon it into metal ramekins and heat for about 1-2 minutes on high in the microwave until soft enough to spread.

Step by Step Guide

Defrosting frozen cream cheese is so hard and ungiving that we can't even cut it with a knife. What should we do?

Here are some suggestions:

  1. Defrosting cream cheese in the microwave. Zap it on low power for 10 seconds at a time until its soft enough to slice or spread easily. Or you can use a microwave oven with low power to warm it.
  2. Defrost it in the refrigerator. Put the block in a brown lunch bag or plastic freezer bag, and put the bag in the refrigerator overnight,
  3. Defrost it on a plate on the counter. You'll have to take it out and empty off any water that has frozen onto the plate before you start spreading it on your bread.
  4. If you want to slice the cream cheese, freeze it in the container it came in, and take it out about a half hour before you want to start slicing. Leave it on a plate and allow it to thaw just enough that you can cut through the frozen block.
  5. Use a hot knife. Take out the hard block and place it on a cutting board. Hold a very sharp knife by its handle (using an oven mitt if necessary).

How is Cream Cheese Made?

It is an emulsified dairy product created by agitating fresh cream until some of the fat curdles. It is traditionally made out of cream, milk, and salt, but later versions are often created with skim milk or other dairy substitutes. It can be found in both soft and firm varieties.

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