There’s a silver lining to reaching the end of your Parmesan block; an old-time culinary secret used by both chefs and everyday folk around the world.
1. Use as a base for cheese sauces
Steep the rinds in milk and cream until softened, then strain the remaining pieces out. Use the condensed sauce as a base for comfort delights like mac n' cheese or au gratin potatoes.
2. Cook and eat rinds
Cheese rinds can be toasted like s'mores, grilled, or put under the broiler until soft and slightly crunchy on the tips. When cooled, eat as is, or throw on a sandwich for extra flavor.
3. Use cheese rinds as a bowl
Carve out a wheel of Parmesan and use as bowl to serve cheese fondue, or cut up cheese chunks as a fun display.
4. Crisp rinds and serve
Cut into thinly and microwave for 30 seconds. Top on a burger, crumble on a salad, or eat as is.
5. Flavor rinds in tomato sauce
Cut the cheese rinds into rough, big chunks and throw into a tomato sauce base sauce such as bolognese.
6. Store rinds in olive oil
Store Parmesan cheese rinds in olive oil and drizzle on bread. Store alone or with garlic, chili pepper, or other herbs for added flavor.
7. Add rinds to soup
When simmering, add cheese rinds to soup pot or slow cooker and then spoon around when serving to enhance the flavor.
8. Grate and eat
With a good, sharp grater, patience, and enough elbow grease, a Parmesan rind can be finely grated just like the rest of the wheel.
9. Make a Parmesan broth
Add cheese rinds to a potted of salted water and simmer until rind has melted. Strain with a sieve and use as a base for pasta, soup, or risotto
10. Steam with veggies
Add Parmesan rind to a steamer basket to add a umami flavor to vegetables.