by Mireille Bourgeois
This is just a quick tip on how to save money on typically expensive parmesan cheese. I looooove cheese but it can sometimes be expensive and doesn’t really last very long in my fridge! Parmesan is one of the most economical cheeses; a little goes a long way because of its sharp flavour.
When I find it on sale, I buy a huge brick, and then grate it myself. I loosely pack it in containers and keep it in the freezer. Don’t pack it tight, so that when you take it out of the freezer you won’t have to wait until it thaws to use (it won’t be frozen into a block of ice; the air will keep it fluffy.) Use it right out of the container for pizzas and baked goods, or let it thaw (it really only takes about 20 minutes to thaw) and use it on salads, and other yummy things. It will keep in the freezer for many months.
You can go beyond this tip and also freeze the rind that’s left over from your brick. Throw the rind in soups to flavour the broth. Anyways, hope you enjoy this quick lesson in frugality. Here are some other food preservation posts.