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Dried out Parmesan cheese

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marmar2319 Jan 17, 2010 03:45 PM

I acquired a large chunk of good quality Parmesan a while back. I've been keeping it in wax paper and foil each time I use it. But then I left it in the fridge while I went on a two week vacation and it went totally dry. Its impossible to grate now....its hard as a rock! is there a way to revive it, or am I forced to use it only as a rind? Many thanks for your help!

  1. c oliver Jan 17, 2010 04:06 PM

    Were you using a microplane grater? I've never NOT been able to grate something with that.

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      Bryan Pepperseed Jan 18, 2010 05:23 AM

      Mine never lasts long enough to dry out, but Martha Stewart says to wrap it in a damp paper towel and put it in a plastic bag in the fridge overnight.

      1. Sam Fujisaka Jan 18, 2010 06:03 AM

        My big block hand carried back from Italy is now small-medium sized. It is dry and hard as a rock after a few years. It still grates perfectly and is even more flavorful. Just takes a bit more strength.

        1. penthouse pup Jan 18, 2010 06:42 AM

          The owner of a very well known NYC cheese store Alleva in Little Italy once told me to freeze Parmesan after you've had it in the refrigerator for a while and it has lost some moisture...it
          freezes well and works nicely for grating...I only do this after the cheese has started to harden in the fridge...

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