How to Use a Parmesan Rind
A Rind is Not Trash
A rind is not trash! A cheese rind makes a nice addition to any soup or stew, simply toss it into the pot with the rest of the ingredients. The rind will start to break down during cooking and add both fantastic flavor and texture to most soups and stews. We especially like it in a pot of homemade Minestrone soup. Give it a try!
NOTE: If using Italian cheese, throw in the entire rind. If using domestic cheese, remove the wax before placing the rind into the pot.
Domestic cheeses, on the other hand, are labeled “parmesan” and may have been wrapped in wax. If so, it would have a colored wax coating remaining on the rind that must be removed prior to making use of the parmesan rind. Carefully cut off the thin layer of wax with a paring knife before proceeding with the above suggestions for use.