This is a smooth, spreadable, unripened cheese that tastes mildly tangy. It is made from cow's milk, and contains a minimum of 33 % butterfat.
The standard Cream Cheese is white and unflavoured, though many different colours and flavours are now available.
If a recipe calls for Cream Cheese, assume it means the plain cheese, though almost all recipes will tolerate you using low-fat versions.
Try ricotta or hooped farmer's cheese (though if you can't get Cream Cheese where you live, chances are good you ain't going to get those, either.)
Mascarpone or Neufchâtel (though in North America these are too expensive to use as a realistic substitute for everyday Cream Cheese)
Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese per 100g: calories 313, fat 31g (19.4g), calcium 110mg
1 cup = 8 oz = 225g
3/4 cup = 6 oz = 175g
1/2 cup = 4 oz = 115g
In the 1940s, Kraft tweaked the production process so that the refrigerated shelf life of the cheese, which had a few weeks, increased up to 4 months.
It was introduced to Britain in 1960; it was first sold in plastic tubs (with a foil topping) in 1981.
It was probably named after Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At that time, good-quality food products, especially dairy, were associated with the city (before oil refineries were). There was even a phrase "Philadelphia quality." However, only 100 miles from South Edmeston is the small town of Philadelphia, New York, halfway between Syracuse and the Quebec border, which claims it is the namesake for the cheese. (The town, like Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, was also founded by Quakers -- these ones bought a large tract of land in the area in 1803.) Philadelphia, New York has one for-sure indisputable claim: Cassius Coolidge, the man who painted the picture of dogs playing poker, was born there.
Sometime in the 1920s, it was New York Jews who, in a flash of pure genius, had the idea of schmearing Cream Cheese onto bagels (which had never previously been done back in Europe.) And the rest is history.
Cream CheeseCream Cheese; Creole Cream Cheese; Rondelé Cheese
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