Save Those Parmesan Rinds and Make This Umami-Rich Broth

Ingredients for parmesan broth in a glass bowl

Using leftover cheese rinds as a base for a broth that then can be used for cooking beans and making simple soups, sauces, or risotto? Amazing. You can use your rinds from Parmesan or any other hard cheese you like to curate your own signature rind broth. The ratio is a simple eight parts water to one part rind.

Note: One pound of cheese rinds sounds like a lot, but they add up fast, especially since they can last in your freezer for years. Start stashing them there for your next batch of broth or to add flavor to your next soup, sauce, or stew. Since Parmesan rinds have become such a hot flavor commodity, you can buy them at the cheese section of your local deli or grocer (some give them away for free!). Just ask at the deli where you can find them.



cups water
lb Parmesan rinds, rinsed and trimmed of any unwanted spots
bay leaf
black peppercorns
Small bunch parsley stems

Optional Add-Ins

A few smashed garlic cloves
Aromatics e.g., celery stalks, leek, a carrot, or some fennel
Sage leaves or sprigs of thyme or oregano



Total Time: 1-2 Hours

Step 1

Place all of the ingredients, including the optional add-ins, in a stockpot and bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for up to 2 hours. After 1 hour, taste, and if it is to your liking, it’s done. If not, simmer up to 1 hour longer, tasting along the way.

Step 2

Strain and let cool, then store in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.


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