Got a party coming up and need to know how to cut cheese for a charcuterie board? We’ve got you covered with this quick and easy guide!
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The Right Tools
It might seem like a small and easily overlooked detail, but having the right tools when you’re cutting cheese can make a big difference. Having a sharp knife is key, of course, but you also need a cutting board that’s the right size for the cheese you’re working with. If you’re cutting a large wheel of cheese, for example, you’ll need a larger cutting board than if you’re cutting a small block of cheese.
You will need a sharp knife.
For hard cheeses: Use a sharp knife to make clean, even cuts. A serrated knife can be used, but it will not give you as clean of a cut.
For soft cheeses: Use a blunt knife or an offset spatula for light pressure to avoid squishing the cheese.
For blue cheeses: Use a sharp knife, and score the surface of the cheese before making each cut to avoid crumbling.
Choose a cutting board that won’t dull your knife.
A cutting board is one of the most important tools in your kitchen. Choosing the right cutting board will make meal prep faster, easier and more enjoyable. There are many different types of cutting boards available, but the best cutting boards for cheese are made from hardwood or bamboo.
Hardwood cutting boards are durable and won’t dull your knife. Bamboo cutting boards are also durable and have a natural antimicrobial properties. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, plastic cutting boards are a good choice. However, avoid glass or ceramic cutting boards, as they can damage your knife blade.
The Right Cheese
When it comes to creating a beautiful and delicious charcuterie board, the cheese is just as important as the charcuterie. The right cheese will complement the flavors of the meats and other accompaniments, and it will also look stunning when artfully arranged on the board. But how do you know which cheese to choose? And once you’ve chosen the cheese, how do you cut it?
Consider the hardness of the cheese.
The hardness of the cheese will determine how you need to cut it. Hard cheeses can be sliced into thin wedges, while softer cheeses can be crumbled or shredded.
Here are some general guidelines for cutting cheese:
-Hard cheese: Cut into thin wedges or shave with a vegetable peeler.
-Semi-hard cheese: Cut into thin wedges or thin slices.
-Soft cheese: Crumble with your fingers or slice with a knife.
-Very soft cheese: Spread with a knife.
Consider the shape of the cheese.
Most cheese is sold in wedges, but the shape of the wedge will give you a clue as to how to best cut it. A wedge of Brie or Camembert, for example, can simply be halved orquartered since these cheeses are soft and spreadable. Harder cheeses, such as cheddar, Parmesan, or Swiss, are more difficult to cut into bite-sized pieces with a knife, so they are often better served in thin shavings instead. Use a vegetable peeler to get nice, thin slices of cheese that will be easy for your guests to eat.
Other cheeses, like Gouda, Gruyere, and Havarti, can be cut into small cubes that are easy to eat with crackers or bread. Crumbly cheeses like feta and goat cheese can also be crumbled by hand into small pieces.
The Right Technique
Charcuterie boards are all the rage these days, and for good reason – they make a beautiful and delicious spread that is perfect for any party or gathering. But if you’re not careful, your cheese board can quickly turn into a disaster. This is why it’s important to know how to properly cut cheese for a charcuterie board.
Use a sawing motion.
When cutting dense or hard cheese, use a sharp, clean knife and a sawing motion. Start at one end of the cheese and apply gentle pressure as you move the knife back and forth. A rotary cheese cutter also works well for denser varieties.
For softer cheese, you can use a blunt knife or even a spoon. Start at the end of the cheese closest to you and push the utensil towards the other end, using a scooping motion to break off pieces.
Use a slicing motion.
The key to cutting cheese for a charcuterie board is to use a slicing motion. This will help you get clean, even slices of cheese that are the perfect size for your charcuterie board. Here’s how to do it:
1. Start by cutting off the ends of the cheese. This will give you a clean surface to work with.
2. Cut the cheese into quarters or eighths, depending on how big you want the pieces to be.
3. Place each piece of cheese on its side and use a slicing motion to cut thin slices from the cheese.
4. Arrange the cheese slices on your charcuterie board and enjoy!
Use a grating motion.
When using a grater, always hold the cheese in one hand and the grater in the other. Apply light pressure as you move the cheese across the grater— too much pressure will cause the cheese to crumble. Use a zig-zag grating motion to get long, continuous cheese shavings.