Eating the Rind of a Rind Washed Cheese
- potterstreet Apr 17, 2008 12:05 PM
some wonderful wonderful person brought us a huge chunk of hooligan cheese made by cato corner farm and it is one of the most amazing cheeses i have ever eaten anywhere. my question, and i feel ridiculous asking it, is - can you eat the rind on a rind washed cheese? i don't want to waste one bit of this fabulous cheese!
I have had no ill effects from eating Hooligan rind. Can't speak for all cheese - can speak for that one. It's awesome, no?
I don't know of any cheese rinds that would hurt you to eat them, it's just a matter of whether you like the taste and texture. Some people will devour any cheese edge to edge, others don't even like to eat the white rind of a Brie or Camembert.
I'm not familiar with Hooligan. If its rind is tasty but hard to chew, save it for cooking (e.g., throw it into a soup or sauce for extra flavor).
Cheese rinds typically are not considered to be particularly good for eating. Part of the issue is that the outer edges of cheese wheels are much dryer than the interior sections. Also, as the cheese rind develops and toughens, it also loses some of the flavor inherent in the cheese.
However, a cheese rind actually can be a great addition to various recipes. By taking the time to cut the cheese rind into sections and allow it to finish drying, the rind can easily be ground into fine particles. These particles can easily be used as a way to add seasoning to different types of dishes. For example, the ground cheese rind can be sprinkled into hot soups, giving them a slight hint of cheese flavor. Sprinkling the ground sections of cheese rind onto the tops of casseroles or as an extra topping can add an unexpected bit of zip to the dish.
This is Hooligan:
The rind isn't hard to chew at all, although it's not as soft as the coating on a Brie. Hooligan is a soft and very strongly-flavored cheese, so I don't think its rind is a good candidate for adding to a sauce. Unless you want the sauce to taste like stinky cheese and nothing else.