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Aug 10, 2002 01:01 AM

Do you eat the skin on Brie?

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Or should I say... is it proper (knowing that many on here will eat anything)?

I've noticed at buffet-type events when there's a brie/cracker section, some people will carefully carve out a chunk of pure cheese while others don't give a damn and chow down on the whole package.

A few of us debated different opinions... was it safe, does the skin detract from the pure cheese flavor, or is it part of the package? It remained undecided. To each his own. But then again if you start chomping down on the skin of one of those red wax encrusted cheeses, people are going to think you're odd.

Would love some feeback from cheese freaks on what fromages have edible and inedible attributes?

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  1. If you like the skin, I do, then eat it.

    If you don't like it, don't eat it.

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    1. re: 2chez mike

      The rind on Brie is intended to be eaten. I think it's really gross that people "strip mine" food at a buffet, instead of taking a portion and leaving what they don't want on their plates.

      The rind on a cheap mass-produced Brie is less delicate than on the better kind, though.

      1. re: ironmom

        That's good, I like that ... "strip mining" the Brie. Must say, it is off-putting seeing people do that, too. At least, when I follow these sorts to the cheese table, I get the treat of extra Brie skin to munch when I cut off my slice.

    2. The skin on brie, camenbert, too, is part of the cheese and completely edible.

      1. It's the best part of a well-made Brie (and Camembert).

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        1. re: Griller141

          I am a delivery person. I deliver brie to my customers among other things. I debated this with one of the chefs. I personally don't like the rind so i carve it off. An additional factor is cleanliness. I just unwrapped my own 1.1kilo wheel. However, the plastic wrapper did not fully encase the wheel. Which is fairly common. Therefore, the rind becomes a dirt magnet. SO i would treat it like a fruit. Wash the skin before you eat it.

        2. Yes, but not the red skin on gouda!

          1. yer suppos'd to! try it! don't if you don't like it!