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Is cream cheese past use date safe?

Discovered an unopened 8 oz box of Philly brand cream cheese in the cheese drawer of my fridge. 2 months past use date. Think it's still OK to use? Looks OK, but haven't tasted it since I have no idea what it should taste like on it's own. I only use it in baked goods.

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  1. You don't have to taste it, if it doesn't have any colors growing on it it's fine. The date at manufacture is at least 6 months so it's not a delicate item.

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    1. re: coll

      agreed, the manufacturer date is no indication whether the product is edible or not. As long as it's not moldy, turned color, or flavor change, it's fine

    2. I had an old unopened box from Christmas--so, not as old as yours--that had gone bad. It was an off color, slightly beige. The tiny taste I took was horrible, but it didn't make me sick.

      1. Yep, if it looks pure white, and doesn't smell 'off' or funky, it's fine.

        1. It's fine. It may be apt to grow gray-green mold faster once you open it than would a just-bought bar, but that's no problem if you use it right away. Personally, I cut off the mold when it happens on partially-used bars or tubs of cream cheese I've been storing and go full speed ahead without ever having reason to regret doing so.

          1. Thanks everyone. Husband tasted it and didn't notice anything off so I'll give it a go.

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            1. re: Island

              LOL, I love that you use your husband as a taster!

            2. I just used a out dated cream cheese - it was over a year out of date! - it tasted like cream cheese! nothing green was on it

                1. re: Bacardi1

                  Probably not - the OP is from 2 yrs ago! '-D

                    1. re: greygarious

                      Doesn't make any difference. I'm sure there are other folks interested in the answer. I've seen the question asked before.

                  1. I love to bake and tend to get into what I'll describe as "Baking Jags" where I bake every weekend for 12 - 16 hours each weekend day. I'll focus on a type of cake or bread or pastry and then I take a break. In anticipation of my passion, I stock up on supplies, cream cheese (for Cheesecakes, frostings and cakes etc...) included. Just discovered 6 unopened packages in the fridge dated July 21st, 2013. I opened one to find it in absolute pristine shape... firm, fresh, no bad smell, no mold, great texture etc... I took some crackers down from the cabinet, sliced a 1/4" slice off and spread it onto the crackers and ate it. That was about 20 minutes ago. I feel fine, no gastrointestinal disruptions so far. I'll check in later today. ☺

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                    1. re: HotGRITS

                      Update: 11:55 AM still no stomach ache, nausea etc... I'm good to go. Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to bake I go ☺

                      1. re: HotGRITS

                        Funny I'm the OP and this thread resurfaces 2 years later! I have a habit of buying cream cheese and forgetting about it until after the use date. I recently paired it with a past prime can of pumpkin to make a pumpkin cake roll I was craving. I of course asked the Chowhounds about the pumpkin and got the go ahead. It was yummy and I'm still alive to tell the tale! :>)