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Sep 21, 2006 12:36 AM

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

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

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    1. re: NYchowcook

      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

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

        1. re: Ida Red

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

          1. re: Carb Lover

            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. 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

        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

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

          1. re: Carb Lover

            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. 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

          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. 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.:)