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Jul 20, 2008 01:42 PM

Cheese rind video: WHAT WAS THAT?

I was quite horrified to see this video on Chowhound. In this video, the presenter basically tells you not to eat the rind of cheese! Any cheese! There is no attempt to qualify this statement, no attempt to talk about cheeses where the rind may indeed be edible.

I've already commented that this was the stupidest, most myopic thing I have ever seen on this site. I am embarrassed that this video is even on the site. I think this video should be removed. This video is everything that Chowhounders should be fighting against.

I would like to know who decides about content on Chow, and who decides that this guy is somehow qualified to talk about cheese on a public forum video. Anyone care to comment?

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  1. That's from the magazine section on the website, it's not a public forum like The content is decided by an editorial board, just like regular magazines. You can see this list of the editors etc. here:

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    1. re: limster

      Thank you for this link, Limster. I guess this means we are stuck with this video?

      Does this man even like cheese? I find his whole demeanor condescending and arrogant. He acts like you'd have to be crazy to eat the rind. I am not someone who eats a lot of rind, I tend to find it a bit strong at times. But I would never make a blanket statement like "Don't eat the rind of any cheese". I find this video to be very "anti-Chow".

      1. re: moh

        I agree with you, moh.

        The blanket statement that all cheese rinds are bad is simply a blatant falsehood. I can't remember a time when I read a recipe using Brie that stated to cut the rind off of it.

    2. I can only assume that it is an April Fools joke delayed due to the ongoing board latency issues :)

      1. I wonder if posting controversial (though IMO, in this case, incorrect) items like this generates more hits? I frankly had not thought of the point made about how many people may have touched the rind but, at the same time, presumably those in the food industry use gloves, as required, when handling cheese.

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        1. re: MMRuth

          I think that rationale doesn't make sense. People touch your bread, your muffins, and many other things that you cannot wash. Does that mean we should remove the crust of a bread before eating?

          1. re: emerilcantcook

            Oh - I agree it doesn't make sense - was just saying that it hadn't occurred to me before as a possible reason not to eat rinds.

        2. The videos vary in quality and need better input from editors or producers. Recently a video showed the most most ineptly overcooked fried egg, like something a 7 year old would bring up to mom on mother's day. There were lots of comments about this, but the videos can still be way off base.

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          1. re: jayt90

            (Please note, I have been asked to revise post, this is a repost. I am not allowed to call people mean names.)

            Well, I am glad I didn't see the egg video, I'd have malignant hypertension by now.

            MMRuth's point about generating more hits is an interesting one. I for one have been showing that video to countless people, mostly out of rage and frustration. But indeed, a hit is a hit, and I may unwittingly be contributing to increased ad revenue for Chow. How ironic. And not in a good way. Still, it is fun to pretend to tear my hair out at the ridiculousness that is this video.

            Could you imagine all the great videos some of the Chowhounds could put out? MMRuth, you gotta volunteer to do one of these things! Although then you'd be affiliated with the Cheese Person. Never mind. Maybe we should start a competing food video site...

              1. re: moh

                As I mentioned before - I don't have a problem with hits contributing to ad revenues, as they help fund Chowhound too.

              2. re: jayt90

                There is no such thing as a perfectly cooked egg. How done an egg should be cooked is a matter of personal preference.

                I think we all can agree that any brownness and crispiness in the egg white is unacceptable. Where we part company is whether any undercooked slime-iness or jelli-ness in the egg white is OK. I don't want to be confronted first thing in the morning by egg whites that jiggle at me. I find such a sight revolting, so I always order scrambled or over medium in self-defense.

              3. Here is the fried egg video. Let's hope moh survives this?

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                1. re: jayt90


                  (sound of Moh's brain being fried like an egg - or should I say burnt)

                  goodness. My fried chicken and home-rendered lard have got nothing on these videos with regards to their health benefits. There is no hair left to pull out. I am spent. I can feel the papilledema taking over my optic nerves. Everything....going....fuzzy.... (Except the hair, none left)....(there is always one last gasp left for parenthetical comments)....

                  1. re: moh

                    **That's** a perfect egg?? I guess you learn something new every day...

                    1. re: moh

                      Soooh funny! Are we still on the air?

                      1. re: jayt90

                        Jayt90, I'd like to respond, but I'm officially brain-dead now. I'd probably eat cheese rind at this point in time...

                        Please tell me there are no more crazy videos like these two... Sam Fujisaka, I may have to get you to see the egg video as well, as MMRuth says, we are contributing to the well-being of our beloved Chowhound.

                        But seriously, could you imagine some of the videos we could make if we weren't limited to the Bay area? Perhaps we could have a Chow Extreme Video section...

                        1. re: moh

                          Have to agree, but CNET brought us to this point, and I'm grateful for that.

                          You know, I'm even glad that we have community get togethers, where we can discuss things, and eat!

                          1. re: moh

                            I responded to the egg vid in its respective comments section.

                            1. re: moh

                              I played the video twice, just to check for credits and editorial responsibility, sort of looking for "This video brought to you by The Hockey Puck Manufacturers of North America".

                              Before service, I would give that pictured egg at least 3 minutes under the broiler, for proper rubberization.

                              As to cheese rinds, a pass under the broiler can be a neat way to surmount the prohibitions of the Food Mold Police.

                              1. re: FoodFuser

                                My take on the egg was that they shot the vid 14 times--all using the same egg.