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Is there a way to make cream cheese soften up more quickly?

Is there a way to make cream cheese soften more quickly?
Submitted by kayla.b.craig

Sure! For an 8-ounce block of cream cheese, place the completely unwrapped cheese on a microwave-safe plate and microwave it on high for 15 seconds. Add 10 seconds for each additional 8 ounces of cheese.

If some liquid—or whey—seeps out of the cheese while it softens, be sure to add the whey to your recipe along with the solids.

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