Here's one for my fellow foodpicklers: The LA Times kitchen tip this week suggests saving Parmigiano cheese rinds to toss into a soup or stew, which I already do. But the tip recommends freezing them until needed. What if you haven't frozen them? How long will they last refrigerated? I have some that are pretty long in the tooth -- can I still use them in a soup? They're not moldy, just really old.

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mrslarkin
mrslarkin February 10, 2011

I've got some oldies stashed in the fridge cheese drawer, too, in a heavy duty plastic freezer bag. In the way back, where it's coldest. Every time I dig one out, I tell myself "I should put those in the freezer". They're still tasty. As long as it's a hard cheese rind, and not moldy, I think we're fine. I mean, Parmigiano is aged for years anyway, right?

But, henceforth, maybe we should start putting them in the freezer.

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aargersi
aargersi February 10, 2011

I agree - oldie does not necessarily = moldy. I say smell them - if they smell like stinky feet, chuck 'rem, if they smell like parmesan - into the pot they go!

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pierino
pierino February 10, 2011

If there is no visible mold (which could be scraped off anyway) they are fine. And this is a good way to add a little flavor boost to minestre. Of course a prosciutto bone also works wonders.

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healthierkitchen
healthierkitchen February 10, 2011

I never remember to freeze them either and I don't think I've ever had to throw one out. They seem to last forever.

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jwolfsthal
jwolfsthal February 10, 2011

no mond, then good to go. It is aged cheese and unless it smells off or looks funky, it will be fine.

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casa-giardino
casa-giardino February 10, 2011

I agree. I keep it in the fridge.

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latoscana
latoscana February 10, 2011

Even when they are very old and hard as a rock, they add wonderful flavor.

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cookbookchick
cookbookchick February 10, 2011

Thanks everybody! I guess I'll just keep doin' what I'm doin', but I better buckle down and start making more soup. i do use a lot of Parmigiano and the rinds are piling up -- in a heavy duty plastic bag in the back of my fridge, just like mrslarkin. casa-giardino, what is that delicious-looking concoction in your photo?

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