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Jan 1, 2009 05:46 PM

storing philadelphia cream cheese

I really want to know what is the best way to store the philadelphia cream cheese in my fridge. What is your storing method? I hate it when the wrapper gets all crumbled and hard to close after few slices and I take a slice or two every day. I tried to find a bigger butter holder, but no luck so far. I do not want to go back and use the philadelphia cream cheese from the containers, because the containers always had some watery in it and I did not like the taste (yes, I am a very picky).

Hope somebody on here has a great idea to share with me!

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  1. Get yourself a big old roll of plastic wrap? A baggie?

    1. I use a plastic storage bag.

      1. I remove it completely from the foil and put it in a plastic (rubbermaid I think) container that's close to size of the original block.

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        1. re: taos

          Ditto on removing it from the foil and putting it in a plastic storage bag.

          1. re: dolores

            Actually I put it in a plastic storage box, not bag.

            1. re: taos

              I'm the one who does the bag. :) I like how it clings to the cheese. :)

          2. re: taos

            Tupperware made a larger storage container that fits two sticks of butter or an 8 oz. block of cream cheese. You can find them on eBay: But they're used.

            A cheaper way to go would be the Rubbermaid Take Alongs - Sold in sets of 5, you could cut the block of cream cheese in half and store one half on top of the other. They're microwaveable, dishwasher safe, and freezer safe.

          3. I always wrap the cut end in a bit of plastic wrap, then stick the whole thing back in the cardboard box.

            1. First question is, how are you opening it in the first place? I think many people, maybe most, don't open the foil packet correctly. They just tear it or cut it open, and destroy the integrety of the foil. Don't do that--rather, you should gently pull the foil apart at the seams and spread it out flat, keeping it in one piece with the cream cheese lying on top. If you do that, after you have taken some off you can generally re-wrap what's left in the original foil, covering it completely, and then just put it back in the original box and put it in the fridge. Then it keeps just fine. You should be able to do this several times with a single bar with no problems.

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              1. re: johnb

                This is correct. But if you've ripped the foil, put it in a Ziploc bag. You can freeze it, too.

                  1. re: johnb

                    I don't even open the whole wrapper, just carefully peel apart one end, cut off however much I need, then tightly reseal in the original foil. It will keep perfectly well for weeks, no need at all for all these elaborate other options. It's packed in that stuff to begin with for a reason!