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Nov 14, 2006 06:46 PM

Need Room Temperature Cream Cheese Fast

I'm making a cheesecake tomorrow night after work. How can I quickly bring cream cheese to room temperature? Would you recommend microwaving it briefly (obviously taking it out of the packaging first)?


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  1. If you micro - use the "thaw" feature, but keep an eye on it. I'd do it in small increments - maybe 15 seconds at a time, if that. I bet it will come to temp much faster than you think it will.

    1. Do you have a fridge at work? Bring it with you in the morning then around mid-afternoon or whenever you feel gives it enough time, take it out. By the time you get home, you'll be all set!

      1. Yes, try the microwave, cut it up so you have 3 or 4 pieces per package and micro on 1 and no higher than 2(defrost). Check often to see when it's soft enough. Good Luck!

        1. Simply slice it up into smaller (like 1-ounce/2 tablespoons) segments and leave on the counter. They will come quickly to room temp without the risks fo the m-wave.

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          1. re: Karl S

            you can also warm it in lukewarm water (making sure it is tightly wrapped) we do this with butter all the time.

            1. re: jen kalb

              True, water is a better transfer medium for temperature than air. Great point.

          2. I did this recently: cut in pieces and put in unlit oven. The slight heat did the trick without melting. I don't have a microwave, and I didn't know what I was going to do, as time was an issue, and it worked fine. Just don't forget about it in there...I did the same thing with butter later on and forgot it was in there and preheat the oven.....oops...mmm, where is that delicious brown butter smell coming from? Uh oh...