Is homemade cream cheese danish shelf stable

Asked March 15, 2020, 8:52 AM EDT

Does homemade cream cheese danish need to be refrigerated? Commercial products are shelf stable but is it like pumpkin pie (that the commercial pies have preservatives that make them shelf stable but homemade needs to be refrigerated) Thanks for any info you can provide

Chippewa County Michigan

4 Responses

Thank you for contacting us. Home-made cream cheese is less shelf-stable than commercially prepared products.

According to New Mexico Extension, "because soft cheese contains over 45% water, it is highly perishable and has a refrigerated life of only five to seven days."

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises refrigerating any food made with cream cheese after 2 hours (that includes time spent making the food.)

Thanks for that prompt response but i must have not explained myself well. We use commercial cream cheese to make a filling that gets baked into danish pastry. The question is whether that pastry product is shelf stable. Thanks for any additional info (and it is interesting that homemade cream cheese is not as ‘durable’ as commercial :)

Hello again,

The references from New Mexico and the USDA apply to commercial cream cheese as well. The fact that the cheese has a high moisture content apparently makes it more susceptible to bacterial growth. Products made with cream cheese are subject to the same refrigeration recommendations.

Ok thanks!