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Oct 4, 2006 02:14 PM

Do You eat the SOFT Rind on Goat's Cheese?

Or more accurately, are you SUPPOSED to? You know, the stuff that looks like white paper!

Stuff like this:

And, if you ARE supposed to eat it, what exactly IS it?


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  1. Yes, you're supposed to eat it, and it's a natural rind that forms as the cheese matures.

    Edited to say "Yes, you CAN eat it, but you don't have to." :-)

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      1. Some of us cheeseheads out here think that's the best part. On the other hand, it gives some people gastric distress. It's your call.

        1. Oh yes! And the more carefully the cheesemakers matures the cheeses, and the more delicate the culture(some use penecillin, some use another, I forget what), the more tasty, and soft, the rind...Mmmm, especially the layer of paste under the rind.
          If the cheese is more dried out, like a crottin, try slicing it so you have rind to put broiler side up, and toast it on a slice of baguette. The rind will cramelize, and the cheese underneath becomes gooey. Add a dab of figpaste, or put it on a salad like a giant crouton

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          1. re: galleygirl

            Oh my, galleygirl. My mouth is watering. Great ideas.

            I eat the rind when it is fresh or can't be avoided because of the rind to cheese ration. However, I don't like it as it ages ... however melted on a slice of toast with a dab of figpaste ... I might reconsider.

            1. re: galleygirl

              "The rind will cramelize, and the cheese underneath becomes gooey. Add a dab of figpaste, or put it on a salad like a giant crouton."

              That sounds incredible!

            2. I get an allergic reaction to rinds on any cheese.

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              1. re: MuppetGrrl

                How do you know if you're allergic?


                1. re: TexasToast

                  My throat and sinuses get horribly itchy immediately after eating it.

                  1. re: MuppetGrrl

                    Okay, well I'm not allergic then. Yay!


                    1. re: TexasToast

                      since penicillin is in some cheese, people who are allergic to penicillin could be allergic to these cheeses.

                      my bf cant have penicillin medication, but has always been ok with cheese. mmmm cheese.

                      1. re: cupcakez

                        In all instances I've read about, the strain of penicillin in cheese is completely different from the antibiotic to which people are allergic. (I wanted to eat some gorgonzola but I am deathly allergic to penicillin, so I've read up a fair bit on this matter. The gorgonzola was delicious and I'm still here!)