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Help! One big package of cream cheese = ______ oz.?

Ida Red Sep 21, 2006 12:36 AM

Is it 12 oz. or 16oz? I'm in the middle of Hungry Celest's Ovaltine Cheesecake

  1. NYchowcook Sep 21, 2006 12:48 AM

    Philadelphia (kraft) is 8 oz

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    1. re: NYchowcook
      Ida Red Sep 21, 2006 12:50 AM

      Thank you.. but that's the small size, isn't it? or is that the big size that's usually packaged in the cardboard that lifts open at the top.

      1. re: Ida Red
        Ida Red Sep 21, 2006 12:53 AM

        I believe you now, it makes sense proportion wise... thank you.

        1. re: Ida Red
          Carb Lover Sep 21, 2006 01:44 AM

          Hmmm...one cheesecake usually uses 2 8-oz. blocks of cream cheese. So maybe a "big package" is 16 oz.?

          1. re: Carb Lover
            Das Ubergeek Sep 22, 2006 03:07 AM

            The thing that is packaged in cardboard that lifts open (it's about 5 inches by 3 inches by an inch and a half or so) is 8 oz. in the US, 250g in Canada... slightly larger in Canada.

            And my cheesecake requires 1250g of cream cheese... when I moved back to the US, I had to get creative and buy four packets of the 8 oz. stuff and then a 12-oz. tub.

    2. Non Cognomina Sep 21, 2006 03:38 AM

      I have never seen a 16 oz package of cream cheese. The largest at the grocery I've seen is 8 oz in the cardboard box with the foil pouch inside. The half size--4 oz--is in a foil pouch with no box.

      At large Costco type stores they sell a 5 lb block. But I have never seen that at a grocery.

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      1. re: Non Cognomina
        Ida Red Sep 21, 2006 06:25 AM

        yea, what I had was the Costco Philly brick, a long loaf of cream cheese weighing 3 lbs and it threw me for a loop. Now I realize those 3 lb.ers are perfect if you want to make two 10 inch cheese cakes.

        1. re: Ida Red
          Carb Lover Sep 21, 2006 06:45 AM

          So...how did the cheesecake turn out?! Don't keep us in suspense too long.

          1. re: Carb Lover
            Ida Red Sep 21, 2006 11:09 AM

            It's looking beautiful in the fridge, it won't get eaten until tonight though... I'll post back because it's something I've been wanting to make for months.

      2. m
        MikeG Sep 21, 2006 03:55 AM

        The small/half size isn't actually half, it's 3 oz. - a pain for baking purposes. The regular cardboard & foil double package is 8 oz.

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        1. re: MikeG
          Non Cognomina Sep 21, 2006 03:58 AM

          Oops, you are right, MikeG, about the "half" size. It's about half the price, but not a bargain since you are shortchanged on product.

        2. m
          MikeG Sep 21, 2006 03:51 PM

          I guess they're convenient if you eat it as a spread and don't want a lot at once, but I was really annoyed when I grabbed one intending to use it in a halved recipe, which necessarily became a 3/8th recipe instead.:)

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