No one likes to wait for hours to let the cream cheese melt at room temperature. And if you use cream cheese a lot then learning how to melt cream cheese in the microwave can change your life.
I personally prefer cream cheese as a spread. But melting it on a double boiler was always a hassle. The melting process took away the fun of cream cheese.
And then I found out that you can melt cream cheese in the microwave. I have never gone back to the double boiler ever again.
So, if you are ready to learn my cream cheese melting method, then let’s begin.
How do you melt cream cheese in the microwave?
In order to microwave cream cheese in the microwave:
- Unwrap the cream cheese.
- Place the cream cheese in a microwave-safe bowl.
- Now microwave it for 15 to 20 seconds on a high setting.
- Take out the cream cheese and whisk it quickly.
- Put it back again, microwave for another 15-20 seconds, and whisk it afterward.
- Repeat the process till the cream cheese has your desired consistency.
Sounds pretty simple right? Well, it is not that simple.
The secret to melting cream cheese in the microwave is simple. Keep whisking it!
While microwaving cream cheese, most people use a spoon to mix it. This can create lumps in the cream cheese.
So, to get smooth and evenly melted cream cheese, always use a whisk.
Furthermore, it is also important to microwave the cream cheese for only 15-20 seconds intervals. The shorter interval allows the cheese to melt slowly. If you keep the cheese in the microwave for too long, it can start curdling.
Do not put more cream cheese in the microwave than you need. A smaller amount of cream cheese is easier and quicker to melt in the microwave.
Lastly, you can cut the cream cheese into smaller cubes before microwaving. This will speed up the process. Furthermore, the cream cheese will be easier to whisk and hence will have fewer lumps.
Is it safe to melt cream cheese in the microwave?
Yes, it is safe to melt cream cheese in the microwave. In fact, it is better than leaving the cream cheese on the countertop.
Microwaving cream cheese is one of the safest and easiest processes. Unlike the cheese that is softened at room temperature, microwaved cheese is smooth and lump-free.
Letting the cheese melt on the countertop also causes condensation. And these water droplets then mix with the cheese and change its consistency.
However, the only thing which is unsafe about microwaving cream cheese is its wrapper. So, always take the cream cheese out of its wrapper before microwaving it.
How long does it take to melt cream cheese in the microwave?
The time it takes to melt cream cheese in the microwave depends on a few factors. For example, the amount of cream cheese, cream cheese consistency, microwave wattage, etc. But, usually, the cream cheese takes around 3 to 5 15-20 seconds intervals to melt.
One of the main factors that determine the time it takes to melt cream cheese in the microwave is the quantity. In general, 8 ounces of cream cheese takes around 3 to 5 15-20 seconds intervals to melt in the microwave. Alternatively, if the amount of cream cheese is more than 8 ounces then it will take longer.
Another main determiner is the microwave wattage. A microwave with average wattage will take around 1 minute to 2 minutes to melt the cream cheese on high speed. But a microwave with low wattage can even take upto 4 minutes to melt the cream cheese.
How do you know when cream cheese is done microwaving?
Checking if the cream cheese is done melting in the microwave or not is simple. Once whisking the cream cheese becomes easier, or once the cheese has a liquidy texture, it is done.
Whenever you are microwaving something, the temperature of the food determines if it is done or not. However, checking the doneness of the cream cheese is more simple.
As said earlier, you would have to keep whisking the cream cheese during 15-20 seconds intervals. At first whisking, the cheese would be difficult because it would be solid.
But once the cream cheese is done, whisking it would become easier. And hence you will be able to tell if it is done microwaving or not.
Another indicator is the consistency of the cheese. Get some of the cheese in a spoon and drip it into the cheese bowl. If the cheese drips smoothly and has no visible lumps then it is melted.
Tips to Microwave melt cream cheese in the microwave
Melting cream cheese in the microwave looks like a straightforward process. Just put the cream cheese in the microwave and your job is done. Right?
There are many things that can go wrong during this process. But don’t worry, the following tips will help you melt cream cheese in the microwave.
- Before starting the process, remove the cream cheese packaging. The wrapper is usually not microwave-safe and can cause a hazard.
- Microwave the cream cheese for only small time intervals. Prolonged heat exposure can make the cheese curdle.
- During the intervals, whisk the cream cheese to get rid of lumps.
- Once the cream cheese is done microwaving, cover the bowl with aluminum foil. This will prevent the cream cheese from solidifying again.
- If you want to add any ingredients to the cream cheese, add them after the cheese is at room temperature. Because sometimes, adding acidic ingredients to hot cheese can make it curdle.
- Never touch cheese right after microwaving it. The cheese will be hot and can burn your skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the frequently asked questions about melting cream cheese in the microwave.
What is a quick way to soften cream cheese?
Many people assume leaving the cream cheese block on the counter is the quickest way to soften it. But it takes around 30 minutes for cream cheese to soften at room temperature.
Instead, try to melt it in the microwave. It takes less than 1 minute to melt cream cheese in the microwave.
Also, due to the microwave, the cream cheese is melted evenly and has no lumps. On the other hand, cream cheese melted on the countertop is lumpy and not smooth.
Why is the cream cheese not melting?
Sometimes, the cream cheese doesn’t melt smoothly in the microwave. Instead, it starts to curdle and get lumpy.
There are a few reasons why this can happen.
- If the cream cheese is low fat, there are more chances that it will curdle.
- Too much high heat can also cause the cream cheese to curdle. So, if you have a high wattage microwave, use it at a 50% setting.
- Acidic ingredients can also cause the cream cheese to curdle. This is why you should not add the ingredients before the cream cheese is melted.
How to fix curdling cream cheese?
You know the three reasons that can cause the cream cheese to curdle. But how can you fix it?
When you see that the cream cheese is curdling in the microwave, immediately take it out. Place the bowl in ice-cold water.
The cold water will stop the melting process. Now add cornflour slurry to the cream cheese.
Following this method will save the cream cheese from curdling. But it will also affect the taste of the cream cheese.
I hope that after reading this blog you finally know how to melt cream cheese in the microwave. Let me be honest, almost everyone can melt cream cheese in the microwave. But not everyone can make it smooth.
So, if you want your cream cheese to always be smooth, whisk it between the microwaving intervals. And keep an eye on the cheese consistency. If you see it curdle, put the bowl in ice water and add cornflour slurry.
Let’s go and melt some cream cheese now!