Some very important how-tos
Here are some storage tips from our Kitchen Experts (would do us good to listen… after all, they aren’t THE Experts for nothing!):
How to Soften Cream Cheese:
Place completely unwrapped package of Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 30 to 45 seconds or just until softened. Add 15 seconds for each additional package of cream cheese.
Alternately, leave cream cheese, wrapped, out at room temperature for about an hour before using.
How to Safely Store Cream Cheese-Frosted Cakes:
Cakes filled and/or frosted with cream cheese icing should be stored in the refrigerator.
How to Store Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese:
Always store in refrigerator. For bricks that have been opened, rewrap tightly in plastic wrap.
Freezing is not recommended.
Lower Fat Options:
To make your cheesecake a little lower in fat, replace Regular Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese with Light Philadelphia, use a non-hydrogentated margarine suitable for cooking instead of butter, swap full fat graham crackers for low fat ones, and serve decorated with fresh fruit.