The Importance of Not Leaving Cream Cheese Out To Soften 

Lots of recipes ask for cream cheese that is at room temperature.  

Since this cheese needs to be refrigerated (or even frozen), having a quick way to defrost it is a nice trick to have on hand.  

Leaving it out might be harmful to your health, but you're not entirely incorrect in thinking it will make your cream cheese softer. 

The real room temperature can also cause the two-hour safety window to narrow.  

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The typical room temperature is about 70 degrees Fahrenheit ,

whereas the interior of a refrigerator is often at or below 40 degrees.  

Put another way, you might get food poisoning if you eat cream cheese that has been sitting out for a few hours. 

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