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Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: trisho.
Date: May 14, 2006 04:46PM
I have an unopened package of Philly cream cheese in my fridge with an expiry date of February 05, 2006. Some goods don't go bad until you actually open them, but stuff like milk will go bad no matter what. I'm just wondering because I have some extra potatoes and a bunch of {unexpired} milk and would like to make rosemary garlic mashed potatoes to use up the food.

Can some of the biologists/scientists on the board help me out? Or even the brave souls who eat stale food. Is Paul F. around?

Schtanks,



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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: May 14, 2006 04:50PM
Uh oh. Paging Paul F., paging Paul F.!

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... but seriously, I'm sure it's probably fine. The cultures in the cheese are liable to prevent anything else from growing, especially if it was sealed-- you might have gotten some fungus, but you'd see that if it were there.




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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: richorlin
Date: May 14, 2006 04:50PM
It's three months past it's expiration date. It's a dairy product. It doesn't last forever. Go out NOW and buy a new package. There's frugal and there's cheap. You're being cheap.

Unlike some hard cheeses, which last almost forever, cream cheese won't.

I hear a little birdy singing: "Cheap! Cheap! Cheap!"



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/14/2006 04:53PM by richorlin.
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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: trisho.
Date: May 14, 2006 04:56PM
Should imaginary little birds taunt real humans 120x their size?

Probably not.



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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: microchip13
Date: May 14, 2006 04:57PM
No, it's singing cheap to me, I won't even buy 6-6 6' firewire cables for $2 with free shipping.



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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: May 14, 2006 04:57PM
I say eat it. Let us know what your favorite part of the experience is.
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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: samintx
Date: May 14, 2006 05:04PM
I have eaten unopened cream cheeze that has been been in been in the frig a YEAR! and it was still good















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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: May 14, 2006 05:04PM
OK, you guys have angered Yin. Yin made me do a Google search on this, which turned up this: [www.mealsmatter.org]

... so you should toss it, but as I suspected, one concern would be it growing mold.




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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: trisho.
Date: May 14, 2006 05:13PM
Awwwnngggghhh. Well, I was going to wait until Tuesday or Wednesday night anyway to make the mashed potatoes. At least there's a cream cheese sale at my local grocery store.

But I'm kind of on the fence still. Maybe it's because my mom's from the same generation as samintx: Don't throw unopened food away! Whatever, $1.99 of new cream cheese is worth the safety/colon.



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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: MacArtist
Date: May 14, 2006 05:15PM
What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.

So you have that going for you.

Seriously, I say open it and smell it. If it smells okay; go ahead and eat it.



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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: May 14, 2006 05:28PM
See, what surprises me about this a bit is that, from another link, I see that they say to eat yogurt within 7-10 days of the purchase date-- thinking about this, I wonder, "what, is the bacteria going to overgrow?" I mean, that's kind of the whole point of yogurt, that you're eating "good" bacteria...




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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: New.Dad
Date: May 14, 2006 06:15PM
why take the chance? if you don't want to throw it out, just mail it to Paul F.
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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: S.Taylor
Date: May 14, 2006 06:34PM
I've eaten cream cheese that's waaaaaaaay past expiry, no worries.
Just watch for mold.
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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: May 14, 2006 07:35PM
Folks... as previously mentioned...
It's a DAIRY product.

Crack it open and give it a sniff. There will be NO doubt whether it's any good or not!


If it passes the sniff test, eat it.

(Don't try this with meat, however.. or you'll be worshipping at the porcelin altar for the next 18 hours...).







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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: trisho.
Date: May 14, 2006 08:48PM
I'll sniff it in a few days when I'm makin' the taters. I'm afraid to open it now and accelerate the moulding process.



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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: richorlin
Date: May 14, 2006 09:41PM
"a cream cheese sale at my local grocery store"

Trisho gets the crown for being "frugal". That's frugal with a "c" at the beginning and a "p" at the end
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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: trisho.
Date: May 14, 2006 09:49PM
Are those imaginary birds yapping their beaks again?



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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: May 14, 2006 09:50PM
From Overheardinnewyork.com:

Something like: "No, you idiot. The expiration date was January 7th, not January 2007."
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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: Gyrene
Date: May 14, 2006 10:38PM
Funny you should mention it. This morning I opened up some cream cheese with an expiration of that same date. It had been sealed. No complications yet. The onion bagels were fresh and tasted great with that expired cream cheese.
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Paul F . . .
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: May 15, 2006 06:41AM
your response was disappointing . . . I expected much more from your litany of personal experiences and was waiting for the outburst of laughter I knew was coming . . .

IT DIDN'T ! ! ! !

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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: billb
Date: May 15, 2006 07:44AM
As long as still sealed, safe.


I've used 14 months past "best used by" in a pie.
Note this was cooked.


You'll be on the safe side of the safe/sorry fence.
Sniff it good.
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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: thermarest
Date: May 15, 2006 11:41AM
I took cream cheese on a 30 day canoe trip completel unrefridgerated and it was fine. Even after it turned red and slightly slimy after being opened I ate it with no ill effects.
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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: $tevie
Date: May 15, 2006 01:21PM
thermarest Wrote:
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> I took cream cheese on a 30 day canoe trip
> completel unrefridgerated and it was fine. Even
> after it turned red and slightly slimy after being
> opened I ate it with no ill effects.

Yikes.
:-O



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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: davester
Date: May 15, 2006 03:08PM
How come nobody has asked why you are adding cream cheese to mashed potatoes. Completely unnecessary added calories if you ask me.




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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: trisho.
Date: May 15, 2006 08:32PM
What madness are you speaking? Cream cheese in mashed potatoes is amazing. I should make up a batch for you and mail it.



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Re: Is it safe to eat this cream cheese?
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: May 15, 2006 10:14PM
davester Wrote:
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> How come nobody has asked why you are adding cream
> cheese to mashed potatoes. Completely unnecessary
> added calories if you ask me.



You weren't asked . . . seems plain enough to me . . . grinning smiley





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