in feb there was a nice cream cheese (philadelphia of all things) sale at my grocery store
i bougght several packages
apparently i forgot about 2 of them
they have been sitting in a fridge unopened
the best by date was mid feb.
i just opened one and it looked, smelled and tasted fine
can I still use them??
what do you guys think?
2 months out of date? I'd chuck it.
In the future - you CAN freeze it.
i asked that when i first bought it
and the concensus was that cream cheese cant be frozen
i wish i had known
I usually purchase Kraft Philadelphia brand cream cheese, and it doesn't freeze well. (Upon thawing, the cheese is grainy and watery..)
However, you can successfully freeze items made with cream cheese, i.e., cheesecake:
hmm, i definately wouldn't bake anything for a cutomer with it. Your reputation is worth more than $5. I've never tested the internal temperature of a cake wile it is baking but it would have to get pretty hot to kill any bacteria that may have accumulated.
I don't think the internal temp would get hot enough. The USDA recommends 160 degrees F to kill bacteria.
If you use it in something that isn't cooked at all like frosting then you are taking a big risk.
I had no idea you couldn't freee cream cheese, good to know.