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Favorite cream cheese stand-in

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We consume a lot of whipped cream cheese in our house. I would like to find a lower-fat substitute, but not a reduced-fat cream cheese. We have tried a bunch of these, including the Tofutti version, and they're pretty awful. What I'm looking for is another cheese entirely--that behaves like whipped cream cheese, is lower in fat and has a nice taste and consistency of its own. Any thoughts?
Thanks!

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  1. Neufchatel. Fat content 6.5g/oz. vs. 10g/oz. for full-fat cream cheese.

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    1. re: GG Mora

      I believe that cream cheese was invented by Breakstone trying to reproduce Nuefchatel

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        Science Chick

        I thought that Neufchatel WAS the same things as "Light Cream Cheese"....??!!

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          Caitlin Wheeler

          It depends on the brand. Light or Low Fat, or (shudder) nonfat cream cheese is NOT Neufchatel. And it's disgusting. Neufchatel is sold under the Philadelphia brand 1/3 less fat cream cheese, which I think is different from their light cream cheese, and I haven't seen it in other brands.

          1. re: Caitlin Wheeler

            An Neufchatel does not taste like a "light" cream chese, though it is 1/3 less fat. Good alternative with full creamy flavor.

        2. re: GG Mora

          Neufchatel is great, not just a less-fattening cream cheese substitute, but a great cheese in its own right. I like it better than cream cheese.

        3. Yoghurt cheese, made from plain or flavored yoghurt (if you like flavored cream cheese).

          Line a fine mesh strainer or colander with a coffee filter, cheesecloth, or unprinted paper towels, place strainer over a bowl, pour in favorite brand of yoghurt, and let drain. I usally let it drain overnight. The longer it drains, the thicker the consistency. If you really like it, they make a container with strainer just for making the cheese.
          It's good in other recipes calling for cream cheese, sour cream, or ricotta as well.

          1. How about a very mild, spreadable goat cheese like Chavrie?

            1. Can you tell us more about what you're using it for?

              1. Quark. Which I think is basically yogurt cheese, for those too lazy to do their own straining.