Desparatley Needeing Block Cream Cheese In The Uk!

Decorating By lovecheesecake Updated 30 Sep 2012 , 1:16pm by sekac

lovecheesecake Posted 29 May 2011 , 3:44pm
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hello,

i really need to get hold of the block form of cream cheese, and i was wondering if anyone could help me, i do not mind ordering from overseas as long as the shipping is no extortionate.

thanks!

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Dayti Posted 29 May 2011 , 10:57pm
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Why do you need specifically block type? Can't you just use a regular tub of Philadelphia or similar?

Candice56 Posted 29 May 2011 , 11:35pm
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I'm in Ohio and our Sam's Club up in Canton Ohio sells it here by the block for $6.88 saves me money the same size box that has the 8oz boxes inside it costs $9.88. I would rather buy the block and weigh it out myself to save $3.00 thumbs_up.gif

carmijok Posted 29 May 2011 , 11:36pm
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Unless it's whipped, there's really not much difference in using cream cheese from a tub is there? Or is the CC in a tub whipped? I don't know...I've never not had the block stuff. If it's not whipped just measure the weight. One block equals 8 ounces.

Candice56 Posted 29 May 2011 , 11:41pm
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Blocked cream cheese is not whipped just like the the 8oz boxes.

Valkstar Posted 29 May 2011 , 11:49pm
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Philadelphia comes in blocks as well as tubs. It's sold in most supermarkets.

carmijok Posted 29 May 2011 , 11:51pm
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Originally Posted by Candice56

Blocked cream cheese is not whipped just like the the 8oz boxes.




???

lovecheesecake Posted 30 May 2011 , 10:36am
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anyone?

Valkstar Posted 30 May 2011 , 10:45am
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Originally Posted by lovecheesecake

anyone?




Why can't you use the blocks of Philadelphia? They're freely available, or am I missing something?

sillyoldpoohbear Posted 30 May 2011 , 11:04am
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Why can't you use the blocks of Philadelphia? They're freely available, or am I missing something?




They aren't available here.

Valkstar Posted 30 May 2011 , 11:11am
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Oh okay, I assumed they would be as I can get it in Tesco etc. here. To be honest I normally buy the tubs because there is no difference in the product and I can get the tubs on special offer.

Good luck with getting what you need thumbs_up.gif

lovecheesecake Posted 30 May 2011 , 1:18pm
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sorry didn't see the responses earlier-thanks

but the difference is that the tub cream cheese is whipped, therefore makes frosting's containing it more unstable, where as the block is not whipped.

i need to get hold of it-im in the uk.

lovecheesecake Posted 30 May 2011 , 1:18pm
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Originally Posted by Valkstar

Oh okay, I assumed they would be as I can get it in Tesco etc. here. To be honest I normally buy the tubs because there is no difference in the product and I can get the tubs on special offer.

Good luck with getting what you need thumbs_up.gif




i have never seen it in tesco's here?

Davwattie Posted 30 May 2011 , 1:55pm
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You may have to buy wholesale

http://www.fruitandveg.co.uk/products-list/dairy-produce/cheeses

or maybe contact philadelphia and ask where you can buy it from

Jennifer353 Posted 31 May 2011 , 2:55pm
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Originally Posted by lovecheesecake

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Originally Posted by Valkstar

Oh okay, I assumed they would be as I can get it in Tesco etc. here. To be honest I normally buy the tubs because there is no difference in the product and I can get the tubs on special offer.

Good luck with getting what you need thumbs_up.gif



i have never seen it in tesco's here?




Growing up in Ireland blocks of Philli were the norm but in recent years they have become more difficult to find where I am from (obviously not in Dublin!). I moved to England a few years ago and have never seen a block of Philli here.
It's bizzare the way the seemlingly same products, in the two countries are actually different.
Could you contact Philidelphia (Ireland) and see if you can buy the blocks direct from them since you are in the UK or work out how to import them from Ireland?

lovecheesecake Posted 31 May 2011 , 10:41pm
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Originally Posted by Davwattie

You may have to buy wholesale

http://www.fruitandveg.co.uk/products-list/dairy-produce/cheeses

or maybe contact philadelphia and ask where you can buy it from




thanks for this! just contacted them!

i thought of calling phillidelphia too!

thanks ladies!

warchild Posted 31 May 2011 , 11:38pm
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Originally Posted by Candice56

Blocked cream cheese is not whipped just like the the 8oz boxes.



???


Blocked is solid, on the hard side. You have to soften it before using in recipes, unless you like cutting slices off and eating it like I do! icon_biggrin.gif
Block is not the same as the tub as the tub has been whipped to make it go further. Kinda like war butter. One makes two. icon_wink.gif

lovecheesecake Posted 1 Jun 2011 , 6:34pm
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i have been told it holds better than the whipped ones in the tub, hence why i need it asap!

idontknow Posted 2 Jun 2011 , 1:13pm
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sounds interesting, never knew this about cream cheese and i love cream cheese buttercream. if you find out how much you can get hold of it for do let us know! also, how would you go about "softening" it, like butter?

warchild Posted 2 Jun 2011 , 2:28pm
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sounds interesting, never knew this about cream cheese and i love cream cheese buttercream. if you find out how much you can get hold of it for do let us know! also, how would you go about "softening" it, like butter?




From Philly cooking basics... icon_biggrin.gif

How to Soften Cream Cheese:

Place completely unwrapped package of Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 30 to 45 seconds or just until softened. Add 15 seconds for each additional package of cream cheese.

Alternately, leave cream cheese, wrapped, out at room temperature for about an hour before using.

How to Safely Store Cream Cheese-Frosted Cakes:

Cakes filled and/or frosted with cream cheese icing should be stored in the refrigerator.

How to Store Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese:

Always store in refrigerator. For bricks that have been opened, rewrap tightly in plastic wrap.

Freezing is not recommended.

Lower Fat Options:

To make your cheesecake a little lower in fat, replace Regular Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese with Light Philadelphia, use a non-hydrogentated margarine suitable for cooking instead of butter, swap full fat graham crackers for low fat ones, and serve decorated with fresh fruit.................................................................................................

I rarely use the micro to soften mine. I take the block out of the fridge an hour or so ahead of time to soften, as I do my butter. That's usually when I'm cleaning up the breakfast mess, so I can turn around and make a baking mess! icon_rolleyes.gif

Relznik Posted 2 Jun 2011 , 3:12pm
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Originally Posted by lovecheesecake

i have been told it holds better than the whipped ones in the tub, hence why i need it asap!




A friend of mine used to use mascapone, as she said it wasn't as runny as the tubs of Philly.

Failing that, see if you can get curd cheese (that's what's used in baked cheese cakes).

I've never seen the blocks here in the UK... and not sure I'd want to have it imported; can't be sure it's been kept in cool conditions!!

HTH

Suzanne x

warchild Posted 2 Jun 2011 , 4:43pm
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A friend of mine used to use mascapone, as she said it wasn't as runny as the tubs of Philly.




I don't know about your pricing, but mascapone in my shops cost $7.89 and sometimes higher, for a small 220 gr tub.
Cream cheese on the other hand goes on sale regularly at two 250gr tubs or blocks for $6, or in the last few months unfortunately, two for $7.

Buying mascapone instead of the cream cheese, would put me in the poor house!!

Relznik Posted 2 Jun 2011 , 4:55pm
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A friend of mine used to use mascapone, as she said it wasn't as runny as the tubs of Philly.



I don't know about your pricing, but mascapone in my shops cost $7.89 and sometimes higher, for a small 220 gr tub.
Cream cheese on the other hand goes on sale regularly at two 250gr tubs or blocks for $6, or in the last few months unfortunately, two for $7.

Buying mascapone instead of the cream cheese, would put me in the poor house!!




I've just looked online at Tesco (leading supermarket in the UK).

300g tub of Philadelphia is £1.99 (£6.60 per kilo)
250g tub of mascapone is £1.35 (£5.40 per kilo)

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Curd cheese isn't so readily available, though.

warchild Posted 2 Jun 2011 , 7:21pm
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Originally Posted by Relznik

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Originally Posted by warchild

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A friend of mine used to use mascapone, as she said it wasn't as runny as the tubs of Philly.



I don't know about your pricing, but mascapone in my shops cost $7.89 and sometimes higher, for a small 220 gr tub.
Cream cheese on the other hand goes on sale regularly at two 250gr tubs or blocks for $6, or in the last few months unfortunately, two for $7.

Buying mascapone instead of the cream cheese, would put me in the poor house!!



I've just looked online at Tesco (leading supermarket in the UK).

300g tub of Philadelphia is £1.99 (£6.60 per kilo)
250g tub of mascapone is £1.35 (£5.40 per kilo)

icon_smile.gif

Curd cheese isn't so readily available, though.




Isn't that interesting that your price for mascapone is so much lower. I can only think that has to be because mascapone was rarely seen here until a few years back, when Tiramisu took off like a storm. It was impossible to find mascapone at that time, so cream cheese was used as a sub. Mascapone can now be found in most food stores or cheese shops here, but can't say I've seen any reduction in price.

lovecheesecake Posted 3 Jun 2011 , 5:49pm
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so i can use Mascapone instead of cream cheese for my frosting? does it taste better or the same when made into a frosting?
thanks ladies!

ChilliPepper Posted 3 Jun 2011 , 6:08pm
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Use mascarpone - far more stable and not as 'cheesy'. Much nicer in my opinion!

CP x

lovecheesecake Posted 3 Jun 2011 , 6:29pm
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thanks hon, i was wondering how stable Mascarpone was but i was also wondering if the recipe calls for cream cheese how do i substitute Mascarpone for it?

thanks x

Cakes-and-bakes Posted 3 Jun 2011 , 8:06pm
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lovecheesecake, I live in the middle east and we get a lot of UK products. Do you have "kiri" cream cheese over there? I use the "kiri chef" cream cheese blocks. There is also a PUK version as well. I havent seen these brands back in texas so I'm assuming they are europrian? I actually like the Kiri better than philidelphia.

lovecheesecake Posted 4 Jun 2011 , 3:31pm
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thanks Cakes-and-bakes, they sound like the Mediterranean brands i find in the Mediterranean shops over here. i will check them out, where in the uk do you purchase yours from?

thanks!

Cakes-and-bakes Posted 7 Jun 2011 , 6:09pm
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hi sweetie. I didnt purchace them there, its just here in the middle east we import a lot of UK brands, so I assumed it was one of them lol. I hope you can find the kiri chef, I love it. its in a light blue rectangle shaped box.

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