I have a few rinds of Parmesan in my freezer and am wondering if it's OK, or even desirable to grate them? If not, is there any use I can make of them?
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Don't grate them, no. But add one or two to a pot of soup. I save them just for that purpose. They add wonderful flavor.
You can take them and put them in a pot with cold water and make a "stock" with them. It isn't the most pleasant smelling but it makes a wonderful base to cook white beans in.
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I had a old VITAMIX. The big stainless steel kind I inherited from my Sister, with a motor that would dim the lights in the house.
There was a VCR tape with it that showed it turning blocks of wood into saw dust.
So, I thought "Hey, I'll turn these rinds into dust!!" ..It broke the blades.
I sometimes toss a rind into a pasta sauce as it simmers, too. They add wonderful complexity to sauces and stocks.
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It's OK (as in, edible) but the above suggestions are probably more effective use. I chuck them in the freezer for use when I'm making stew, bolognese, or polenta.
I haven't tried this, but this recipe for TOASTING parmesan rinds looks amazing:
(Otherwise, simmer them in soups.)
Thank you for the wonderful ideas (and the warning about trying to grind them!). And I have to try toasting them, as Nozlee suggests!
If any one knows a way to grate Parmesan rinds, please let me and Sam1148 know how.
LOL Sam... When I read your response regarding the Vitamix I laughed so hard! I too am an owner of the big metal machine that can turn a steak into a smoothie in 10 seconds. I used it for years and actually loved it for various purposes but it's time was up. Not broken but I moved on. The ideas above for using rinds were great. I have no idea why somewone would want to grind them?
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