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Don’t Throw Out Those Cheese Rinds!

Don’t Throw Out Those Cheese Rinds!

Parmesan and pecorino romano are vital, but expensive, staples in many kitchens, so it only makes sense to make the most of these flavor-packed wedges. One great way to do this is to reuse the rind. Since it’s perfectly safe to eat, you can certainly grate it along with the rest of the cheese, but there are quite a few more interesting ways to use them. The next time you’re nearly finished with your wedge, toss the rind in the freezer and use for any of these dishes:

  • Soups and Stews. Italian cooks have long tossed in a parmesan rind to their minestrone or pasta e fagioli. But don’t stop there… Vegetable barley, lentil, pureed vegetable soups… Nearly every kind of soup will benefit from a cheese rind.
  • Stocks. Parmesan or pecorino rinds will add a bold umami flavor that is often missing from vegetable stocks.
  • Pasta Sauces. Another Italian classic; add a parmesan or pecorino rind to your tomato sauce.
  • Beans. Add to a pot of beans to insert a little umami flavor.
  • Risotto.
  • Make a Fromage Fort! Check out Jacque Pepin’s fantastic way to reuse not only rinds, but little bits of all sorts of leftover cheese.
  • Add to any Braised Dish.
  • Grill Them! Time to get ready now for next summer. Grilled rinds make a for a fantastic spread for crusty breads. Yum!

Do you have your own way to use leftover cheese rinds? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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4:35AM PDT on May 12, 2014

Thank you.

4:33AM PDT on May 12, 2014

I always try to eat raw, unpasteurised, too. Parmesan is usually raw milk, and I eat a lot of it - and always the rinds!

11:31PM PDT on May 11, 2014

Used some today, very flavourful, certainly never good to waste the rinds.

Certainly, a number of ideas for using up the rinds. Given the fact that such cheeses are expensive, at least it is good to use all parts of it.

JC C, just how many profiles do you have on Care2 anyway? I believe that most people are content with one profile, but you have so many to spread the same vegan copy and paste. Do you think that you are fooling people having multiple profiles? AKA, yourself with no name and two periods, Jim C, etc and etc. Try writing a original thought instead of copying and pasting vegan sources. By the way, one of your many profiles has you as a female, I would get working on changing that, it looks silly with you having a male photo with a green shirt and your sex listed as female.

By the way, if we eat cheese, we are already either omnivore or vegetarian and quite content with what we are, so you can stay vegan and the rest of us will be happy to continue as we already are. People have eaten cheese for eons and we will continue to do so.

2:46AM PDT on Mar 31, 2014

Thank you

1:58PM PST on Feb 21, 2014

I used to get Parmesan cheese rinds from local grocery and they stopped selling them at local store because they weren't selling.

1:55PM PST on Feb 7, 2014


5:49AM PST on Feb 5, 2014

Thank you.

7:28PM PST on Jan 30, 2014

thanks for sharing....I eat cheese daily

9:17PM PST on Jan 29, 2014

Good ideas. I love cheese and this is just another way to enjoy the flavor.

6:34AM PST on Jan 28, 2014

interesting article...noted

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