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How to Make Use of Parmesan Cheese Rinds

Simple Tip: Use Parmesan Rinds to Flavor Soups

Good-quality cheese is expensive and if I'm going to purchase a wedge of imported Italian Parmesan cheese, I like to use the entire chunk — including the rind. Luckily, I learned a long time ago that the rinds can be used to season soups and stews. Once you've grated all the cheese off, wrap the rind tightly in plastic wrap and throw in the freezer. The next time you make minestrone, chicken noodle soup, or any other Italian-style, stock-based soup or light stew, simply toss the rind in. It will melt and seep a nutty, cheesy goodness into the soup. How easy is that?!

Do you reserve and reuse cheese rinds? Tell us how below!

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dclsweetspot dclsweetspot 7 years
Since I don't use enough cheese to get enough rinds to make the amounts of soup I make I've been buying rinds at Wegmans or cheese stores. Unfortunately they are getting more popular and harder to find (and more expensive to buy when found). It's nice to get the cheese flavor without the spoon getting coated with cheese.
doogirl doogirl 7 years
My Aunt told me to do this years ago and it's wonderful! Makes me want to make a big pot of soup now!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Hmm...I've seen them doing this on certain food shows, but I've never actually tried it. Might be kind of good, though.
nancita nancita 7 years
Totally wouldn't have thought of this. Thanks for the tip.
Liss1 Liss1 7 years
great idea!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
such a good idea, I never thought of this!
suziryder suziryder 7 years
I threw some parmesan cheese rinds into a pot of simmering bolognese sauce. Mmmmm, so good!
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