Using up Cream Cheese
I have 20 oz(s) of Cream Cheese with a USE BY DATE of April 14, 2014.
I'll never eat that many bagels by then ;-)
Any suggestions on how to use up the majority before it goes bad?
You can add to mashed/double baked potatoes or pasta sauces....but I my favorite way to have cream cheese without a bagel is to prepare a Cream Cheese with Chives/Green Onion Omelet.
If it's unopened, it will be good well beyond the use-by date. Once you are dipping into it repeatedly it will start to mold. Personally, I just remove the mold but assuming you are less cavalier than I, you could open the container, divide it into smaller containers, and keep the unused ones in the colder part of the fridge.
For other uses:
- cream cheese frosting for carrot cake, banana cake, hummingbird cake, lemon cupcakes, etc.
- dips for crudite and cracker platters
- potted meat: grind up cooked meat, poultry, or shellfish, mix with grated shallot/onion, herbs, a little hot sauce or worcestershire, etc., and use as a spread for crackers, toast points, bruschetta, stuffed celery. A good use for cold cut ends, too.