How Long Does an Unopened Container of Spreadable Cream Cheese Last?


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1 month after date on package


Shelf Life Tips

  • How long does an unopened container of spreadable cream cheese last? The exact answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of spreadable cream cheese, keep it refrigerated at all times.
  • How long does unopened spreadable cream cheese last in the refrigerator? An unopened container of spreadable cream cheese will generally keep for about 1 month after the "sell by" or "best before" date on the container, assuming it has been continuously refrigerated.
  • How long does spreadable cream cheese last at room temperature? If kept at temperatures above 40 °F, spreadable cream cheese will rapidly develop signs of spoilage; spreadable cream cheese should be discarded if left for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • Spreadable cream cheese does not freeze well and freezing is not recommended for quality purposes.
  • How can you tell if spreadable cream cheese is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the cream cheese: if the cream cheese turns yellow or develops an off odor or flavor, it should be discarded for quality purposes; if mold appears, discard the entire container.

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