Properly storing Parmigiano Reggiano will help to preserve the flavour and texture. To retain its aromatic characteristics, Parmigiano Reggiano is best stored in the refrigerator in an air-tight container. It is important to make sure that the packaging is sealed, and the cheese is not exposed to the air or other foods, as the cheese absorbs the flavours and smells of the food around it which in time may impact its flavour and texture.
It is best to break up a wedge of Parmigiano Reggiano with a classic almond-shaped cheese knife, to help maintain and enhance its characteristic graininess. It can then be used as an ingredient to enhance the flavour of any number of dishes, paired with other high-quality foods or enjoyed on its own.
Across the UK, Parmigiano Reggiano can be found at most cheesemongers and supermarkets. Look for the PDO mark on the product to ensure it is authentic and produced in the respected regions of northern Italy. You can also look at the rind, where the branding is present, with the dotted writing “Parmigiano Reggiano”. Look for cheeses that feature even colouring from the outer edge to the centre and never purchase wedges without rinds.
Parmigiano-Reggiano is made to enjoy at the table. Served by itself or accompanied by pears, figs, grapes and walnuts, when used outside cooking, Parmigiano Reggiano pairs perfectly with a full-bodied white or tannic red wine. An essential ingredient in many Italian recipes, Parmigiano Reggiano enhances the flavour and aroma of many dishes. A classic topping for pizza, pasta, risotto and soups, Parmigiano Reggiano can be served sliced, shaved, or grated.
When cooking with Parmigiano Reggiano, no part of the cheese has to go to waste… not even the rind. The rind is the protective layer that develops on the outside of the cheese wheel as it ages, and relatively uniquely in Parmigiano Reggiano, it is non-waxed. It’s also packed full of flavour and a great way to add extra umami flavour to recipes by adding into sauces, soups, stews and more, while they’re cooking. Make sure to store your Parmigiano Reggiano rinds in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to use them.