Cream cheese can be stored in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks. This is the same amount of time that ricotta cheese and cottage cheese can be stored. All of these items must remain in the refrigerator; they spoil if left at room temperature.
Cream cheese lasts longer in the freezer, but after thawing, it develops a slightly different consistency. The texture of cream cheese is less creamy and more crumbly when thawed. Frozen cream cheese works well in recipes for cooked or baked dishes where the cream cheese is mixed with other ingredients, but its texture is not ideal for bread or bagel spreads.