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Difference between Cream Cheese block vs tub

kam

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Silly question...figure someone on here might know.

What is the difference between the 8-oz block of Cream Cheese and an 8-oz tub of Cream Cheese Spread?
 

janezapchef

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Nothing that I know of -- convenience of it being in a tub if you aren't using the whole block. I substitute them.
 

Liquid Sky

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I think w/ the tub, more air is whipped into the cream cheese...for a lighter texture. The block is more "concentrated", as you could say. ;)
 

crystalscookingnow

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Usually the tub is more spreadable right out of the fridge. I'm not sure as to whether it's whipped or not, but I know that it's more spreadable.
 

Liquid Sky

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Usually, if the air has been whipped in, it is called "whipped".


Yes, indeed....but take a look at the ounces in the container. You'll find the tubs contain LESS weight than the blocks. That's because air is whipped into it. Now, it's not as light and airy as "whipped" b/c even MORE AIR is put into the "whipped" brand. ;)
 

myinnerchef

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Yes, indeed....but take a look at the ounces in the container. You'll find the tubs contain LESS weight than the blocks. That's because air is whipped into it. Now, it's not as light and airy as "whipped" b/c even MORE AIR is put into the "whipped" brand. ;)

Nope, I have both bricks and tubs of cream cheese in my fridge right now. Both are 8oz packages.
 

dianevill

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I have a generic brand of block light cream cheese, and I have a tub of Philiadelphia light cream cheese. Both are weight. They're not the same brand, so I don't know if that plays into it. Assuming for a second that the generic block of cream cheese I have is the same as Philadelphia: in the block cream cheese, 1 oz (28 g) is 70 calories. In the tub, 2 T (31 g) is 70 calories. So it looks like the tub cream cheese is whipped a little bit. You would need more weight (3 g) of the tub cream cheese to equal that of the block cream cheese.
 

dianevill

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Now you all have me obsessed with this. I looked up the nutritional info for block Philadelphia Light Cream Cheese, and 2 T is 90 calories. Again, the tub is 70 calories for 2 T, so it looks like yes, air is incorporated in the tub (and, generic has fewer calories!)
 

Liquid Sky

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Nope, I have both bricks and tubs of cream cheese in my fridge right now. Both are 8oz packages.

Question is...what is the size (g) of 1 serving? Even tho both packages are 8 oz...how much do you actually get in a serving size in grams from both containers?
 

Liquid Sky

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I have a generic brand of block light cream cheese, and I have a tub of Philiadelphia light cream cheese. Both are weight. They're not the same brand, so I don't know if that plays into it. Assuming for a second that the generic block of cream cheese I have is the same as Philadelphia: in the block cream cheese, 1 oz (28 g) is 70 calories. In the tub, 2 T (31 g) is 70 calories. So it looks like the tub cream cheese is whipped a little bit. You would need more weight (3 g) of the tub cream cheese to equal that of the block cream cheese.

Ah, yes....you answered my question. So basically, even tho both containers are 8 oz...you are actually paying more $ for the tubs and getting less product b/c air is incorporated into the cream cheese.

I liked the airy versions too...but I stick to the block....more value for the $n:D
 

BlessedWifeMommy

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Ah, yes....you answered my question. So basically, even tho both containers are 8 oz...you are actually paying more $ for the tubs and getting less product b/c air is incorporated into the cream cheese.

I liked the airy versions too...but I stick to the block....more value for the $n:D


I agree! Now if I could just get my DH to stop buying all the flavored cream cheese tubs...
 

Liquid Sky

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I agree! Now if I could just get my DH to stop buying all the flavored cream cheese tubs...

LOL! They are so good tho!!! We don't get them either, even tho we love them. Just too expensive for what they are and it's actually quite easy to make your own version....especially w/ the PC sprinkles! :love:
 

Fluffy215

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But I looooooooove taking a 8 oz tub of garden vegetable cream cheese and adding it to an 8 oz container of cool whip. It is so good with potato chips :)
 

whiteyteresa

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Off topic but I had to comment

When I was a little girl - me and my cousins - they were 7 & 9 years older than me - each of us would get a tub of cool whip out of the freezer and but into the refrig just before Wednesday Night movie came on and then about half way through the movie we would get the cool whip and eat it - we each had our own tub. If was better than potatoe chips and dip

Sorry to hijack

:chef:
 

kam

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I have a generic brand of block light cream cheese, and I have a tub of Philiadelphia light cream cheese. Both are weight. They're not the same brand, so I don't know if that plays into it. Assuming for a second that the generic block of cream cheese I have is the same as Philadelphia: in the block cream cheese, 1 oz (28 g) is 70 calories. In the tub, 2 T (31 g) is 70 calories. So it looks like the tub cream cheese is whipped a little bit. You would need more weight (3 g) of the tub cream cheese to equal that of the block cream cheese.

So the block of cream cheese really has more cream cheese...

I only ask since I have a recipe that calls for 1 8-oz tub of cream cheese - and I never keep the tub. I always have the block on hand. I was concerned about subbing one for the other. I guess for a dip, it won't matter, but if I was trying to make some kind of dough, it would.
 

ChefBeckyD

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So the block of cream cheese really has more cream cheese...

I only ask since I have a recipe that calls for 1 8-oz tub of cream cheese - and I never keep the tub. I always have the block on hand. I was concerned about subbing one for the other. I guess for a dip, it won't matter, but if I was trying to make some kind of dough, it would.

And you definitely don't want to sub a tub of cream cheese for a block of cream cheese when you are making cheesecake!
 
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I can’t find block cream cheese nearby, but I found a tub of Philadelphia cream cheese. I’m making basque burnt cheese cake, so I need to substitute with the tub cream cheese. How much tub cream cheese should I use in place of 8-oz block of cream cheese?
 
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