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A freshly opened block of cream cheese has so many possibilities, from cheesecake to dessert tarts to cake frosting.
Cream cheese is a fresh, or unripened, product made from cow’s milk. This is the Americanized variety, with similar versions marketed in
The American version of cream cheese was developed around 1870 by a dairy farmer in
Cream cheese is sold in blocks or in tubs. It is available as full-fat, low-fat, and “light.” Neufchatel is a reduced fat cream cheese with a higher moisture content.
Flavored cream cheese (herbed, peppery, vegetable, salmon, and fruity) is also available.
A wider range of brands are sold in health food stores, including organic and gum-free products.
Cream cheese can absorb odors. It should be refrigerated, even unopened, and tightly wrapped. Consume within two weeks, or no later than the “use by” date.