Today for the first time we made homemade whipped cream cheese. Well, we took store bought Philadelphia cream cheese, purchased in bulk at a low price from Costco, and made whipped cream cheese with it.
Why? Well, we don't always have cream cheese or whipped cream cheese in our home, but the kids like it. It is expensive at the grocery store, in my opinion. We sometimes would buy it at BJ's Wholesale Club but our local BJ's no longer carries it. Costco only sells the three pound brick of regular Philly cream cheese so my husband bought it with the intention of making our own whipped cream cheese at home with it.
Here is the recipe we used.
Homemade Whipped Cream Cheese recipe
We used our stand mixer (Kitchen Aid brand) with the whisk attachment. It was simple!
And it's delicious.
In small ways, a family can make the dollar stretch. The savings adds up over time.
Kraft Philadelphia Whipped Cream Cheese at lcoal grocery store (Stop & Shop), 12 oz. for $3.49 ($4.65 per lb.)
Kraft Philadelpha Cream Cheese (brick) at grocery store (Stop & Shop), 8 oz. for $2.29 ($4.58 per lb.)
Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese (brick) at Costco, 3 lb. for $5.69 ($1.89 per lb.)
Homemade Whipped Cream Cheese with Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese with small amount of milk (per recipe) yielded 3 lb. 3 oz homemade whipped cream cheese for $1.89 per lb. equivalent to $1.42 per 12 oz. container. That is a cost savings of $2.07 per 12 oz. container or a total of $8.26 per 3 lbs! In other words the cost of whipping your own cream cheese at home when buying the base ingredient in bulk at Costco is 60% less!
While we are at it the cost comparison of Kraft Philadephia Cream Cheese in the brick form at the grocery store vs. Costo, the grocery store is 59% higher in price!
Between the groceries we buy at Costco (including fresh produce and some organic items), the low gas price (consistently 30-35 cents less per gallon than the regular gas stations near my home), the price of the Costco membership is worth it. We go there once a week to shop and fill up on gas and we feel the cost of the Costco membership fee is justified. To save even more money we have an American Express card through Costco which we get cash back (2%) on purchases made at Costco plus 5% back on all gas purchses at any gas station, and 3% from restaurant purchases.