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

TexasToast Oct 4, 2006 02:14 PM

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?


  1. LindaWhit Oct 4, 2006 02:26 PM

    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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      Loren3 Oct 4, 2006 03:49 PM

      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. galleygirl Oct 4, 2006 03:55 PM

        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
          rworange Oct 4, 2006 07:51 PM

          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
            a_and_w Oct 4, 2006 08:01 PM

            "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!

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            MuppetGrrl Oct 4, 2006 04:22 PM

            I get an allergic reaction to rinds on any cheese.

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            1. re: MuppetGrrl
              TexasToast Oct 4, 2006 04:24 PM

              How do you know if you're allergic?


              1. re: TexasToast
                MuppetGrrl Oct 4, 2006 04:25 PM

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

                1. re: MuppetGrrl
                  TexasToast Oct 4, 2006 04:27 PM

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


                  1. re: TexasToast
                    cupcakez Oct 6, 2006 04:11 AM

                    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
                      vorpal Oct 23, 2007 05:29 AM

                      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!)

            2. BobB Oct 4, 2006 07:29 PM

              Sure, just as you would the rind of a brie or other soft-ripened cheese.

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              1. re: BobB
                pikawicca Oct 4, 2006 07:58 PM

                Actually, after close observation of the cheese eaters in French restaurants, I came to the conclusion that the majority of French people (who certainly know their cheese) do NOT eat the rind of most cheeses. One exception seems to be ash-covered cheese. My feeling is that if you like it, eat it. If not, don't.

                1. re: pikawicca
                  Humbucker Oct 4, 2006 10:06 PM

                  Wait, so are you saying the majority of the French eat ash-covered cheese rind? Wierd.

              2. PBSF Oct 4, 2006 07:39 PM

                Seems like most of the above posters are "eat the rind" camp. It is a personal preference. There are strong disagreements even among the most knowledgeable cheese experts on "should one eat the rinds".

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                  JaneRI Oct 4, 2006 08:01 PM

                  Not me - I find it foul. I cut every speck off.

                  1. TexasToast Oct 5, 2006 02:28 AM

                    So I guess what I'm hearing is while you CAN, it's a personal preference, depending on the type of cheese and type of rind, and even the French disagree.


                    1. galleygirl Oct 5, 2006 01:24 PM

                      Correct. Except that the pictures of the cheeses you provided links to are of the "edible, even by the French variety" ;)

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                      1. re: galleygirl
                        LindaWhit Oct 5, 2006 01:33 PM

                        What would be the "inedible, for French or American" variety? :-)

                        1. re: LindaWhit
                          Humbucker Oct 5, 2006 04:36 PM

                          Any cheese with a wax rind, probably.

                          1. re: Humbucker
                            LindaWhit Oct 5, 2006 10:05 PM

                            Wax rind on goat cheese? I may have misread galleygirl's post, but I was thinking she was referring to a goat cheese that has an inedible rind and was curious as to what kind. I don't think I've ever seen a wax rind on a soft goat cheese. Isn't it more for a hard cheese?

                            1. re: LindaWhit
                              TexasToast Oct 6, 2006 11:36 AM

                              And by wax rind, you mean the red stuff on Edam?


                              1. re: TexasToast
                                LindaWhit Oct 6, 2006 12:54 PM

                                That's what I was thinking Humbucker meant.

                          2. re: LindaWhit
                            SnackHappy Oct 6, 2006 03:07 PM

                            I usually don't eat the rind on cheeses made from pasteurised milk. Most of the time, they look, feel and taste like plastic. I'll eat the rind on raw milk cheeses if it doesn't seem too foul, and that all depends on how much wine I've had. Wine = Courage.

                            1. re: SnackHappy
                              Ljubitca Oct 22, 2007 06:20 PM

                              I have a confession to make while I wont eat wax rinds I will eat ALL rinds no matter how hard. There I've said it and I am not ashamed.

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