How Can I Rescue Hard, Dried-Out Parmesan Cheese?

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Q: How do you deal with a hunk of Parmesan cheese when it gets all hard and barely grate-able???

Sent by Mary

Editor: Mary, you can try shaving off the hard, inedible bits of dried-out cheese with a sharp chef's knife. Keep shaving thin layers until you get to some cheese that is softer and more easily grated.

If all else fails, however, and the entire block of cheese appears to be completely dried out, don't throw it away! You can put it in a pot of soup; it will flavor it beautifully.

Also, here are some tips for preserving your cheese a little better:

How to Store Cheese: What To Do When You Get It Home

Readers, how do you rescue hunks of cheese? Do you have any little tricks to get the most out of a block of cheese that's in its final stages?

 

Related: The Cheesemonger's Top Ten Rules for Ultimate Cheese Sanity

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