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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:22 AM

Six pounds of cream cheese to use up

I have six pounds of cream cheese that was destined to become cheesecake for an event thatís no longer happening. It expires in June. Freeze it? Make cheesecake and freeze the cheesecake? Try to use it up in some other way?

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Reply Six pounds of cream cheese to use up (Original post)
spinbaby Mar 26 OP
Moostache Mar 26 #1
hlthe2b Mar 26 #2
GreenPartyVoter Mar 26 #7
woodsprite Mar 26 #3
Phoenix61 Mar 26 #4
spinbaby Mar 26 #9
Phoenix61 Mar 26 #11
spinbaby Mar 26 #16
gibraltar72 Mar 26 #5
PJMcK Mar 26 #8
MissMillie Mar 26 #12
peacefreak2.0 Mar 26 #6
LisaM Mar 26 #10
WePurrsevere Mar 26 #13
spinbaby Mar 26 #17
WePurrsevere Mar 26 #18
eleny Mar 26 #14
Kali Mar 26 #15
Retrograde Mar 26 #19

Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:24 AM

1. Find a food kitchen and donate it?

I don't even know how that works right now...

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:25 AM

2. well, if you have the freezer space, make the cheesecake and freeze IT.

Cream cheese changes texture when you freeze it, but mixed with other ingredients in a cheesecake and frozen airtight it does far better.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:38 AM

7. Agreed.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:26 AM

3. With some you could make a rosemary apricot spread

It's rosemary, chopped dried apricots, dried cranberries or raisins, chopped walnuts, and a tblsp or 2 of honey. I don't really go by a recipe but I eyeball it and go from there. You can also add some goat cheese if you have it, but it's not required. It just adds an 'edge' to the flavor.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:28 AM

4. Apparently, cream cheese doesn't freeze very well

Make a cheesecake and freeze it. Thereís a recipe for cream cheese pound cake.

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:46 AM

9. Cream cheese pound cake sounds like an idea

And sounds like something good to have stashed in the freezer. Iím off to check recipes.

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Response to spinbaby (Reply #9)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:55 AM

11. We used to slice it thick, toast it, and top

with ice-cream and strawberries.

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #11)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 02:23 PM

16. After looking at the recipes, no

Iíd have to make a dozen pound cakes to use up that much cream cheese. I guess Iíll just go with making two big cheesecakes and freeze them for some future when I have more than just me in the house.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:33 AM

5. Get 3 bagels.

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Response to gibraltar72 (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:43 AM

8. Only if they're everything bagels

Otherwise you'll need four bagels.

Oh, don't forget the onion, lettuce, tomato, capers and lox.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #8)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:58 AM

12. that's my favorite sandwich

haven't had one in a long time

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:34 AM

6. Olive spread

1 block cream cheese, softened
Green olives/pimento minced
Hard boiled egg
Touch of onion minced
Black pepper
Splash of milk/cream if needed to thin
No measurements because it was a grandma hand me down.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:52 AM

10. Frosting.

I am going to make carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:28 AM

13. We normally have 5 or 6 blocks on hand...

we use it to make sandwiches, sauces, dips, frosting, cookies... all sorts of things.

Unfortunately, as mentioned already, it doesn't freeze well but if you make a bunch of mini or cupcake size cheesecakes those will (I put them on a cookie sheet, freeze and then put in a zippie) and you can take out a couple at a time for a treat. While hunkered down at home an occasional treat can sometimes help boost morale a bit.

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Response to WePurrsevere (Reply #13)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 02:24 PM

17. Mmmm...that's an idea

I do try to stay away from the carbs, but Iím also getting a lot of exercise in the garden, so it all equals out, right?

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Response to spinbaby (Reply #17)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 02:29 PM

18. I try to as well but I occasionally give myself a day 'off'

and indulge my 'addiction'.

Carbs like bread, rice and pasta are my comfort food so I have to be more careful thank usual these days.



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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:46 AM

14. Bring it to my house - I'll leave you toilet paper outside!

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:41 PM

15. it will get crumbly but yes you can freeze it

what is that, like 12 blocks? I think you can freeze cheesecake just fine, at least you sure can buy them that way so that might be the best way to use a lot of it. so good as a dip/spread in various recipes, I would be tempted to eat too much of it that way but an option for some, anyway.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 05:15 PM

19. Chile con queso

I came across this recipe sometime in the late 70s, have no idea where. It's along the lines of a queso fundido but not quite.

In a saucepan, saute diced onion with diced tomatoes and chiles (in a pinch you can use commercial salsa). Add cream cheese and cook over low to medium heat until mostly melted: if it looks too thick, thin it down with some milk. Add some cumin if you like it. Stir until you have a smooth, pinkish glop the consistency of guacamole. Salt to taste. If you're being fancy, pour into a bowl and serve as a dip with tortilla chips (or pieces of fried tortilla).

Otherwise, it's cheese. Add some to the custard for a quiche, put in an omelet or crepe, stick a dollop in a lasagna - it's too bland and soft to do well on its own but it can be added to other cheeses in a lot of recipes (if you can get hold of a 1950s or 60s cookbook, or a church cookbook, those will have more ideas about recipes using cheese (including adding it to Jell-o)) Combine with other cheeses to make pimento cheese spread (cheddar works well here) or a blue cheese side for wings or similar.

Since it doesn't "expire" until June, you'll have plenty of time to experiment.

Now I want a cheesecake!

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