Firstly, which Cheese?
Choose contrasting styles. Prepare a board that offers a variety of tastes, textures and terroirs (place of origin). We believe that 4 cheeses is a perfect number – and recommend a hard, a soft, a blue and a goat. Your cheesemonger will be able to help you choose within each type and ideally you will always taste before you buy.
How much Cheese?
This is an important point. Your cheeseboard needs balance so try to get approximately the same size of each cheese. If the cheese course is part of a larger meal, then estimate about 80-100g of cheese (in total) per person. If the cheese is the meal then work to about 150g each. Again, a cheesemonger will cut your cheeses to the correct sizes for you.
How long will the cheese keep?
Here at the Artisan Cheese Room, we wrap all our cheeses in wax paper – which allows the cheese to breath and not sweat. This will ensure that the cheeses last 1-2 weeks from purchase. If you have any cheese remaining after serving, wrap the spare cheese in baking paper (plastic is not a friend of cheese) and keep it in an airtight container in the salad or vegetable drawer.
Choose your board for the occasion and size of cheese – but don’t be too precious. A wooden board works perfectly and looks great, as does a ceramic platter. Dark slates are quite popular and act as a nice colour contrast to the cheese. Cheeses, like wines, are best tasted from mildest to strongest, so serve them in this order on your board. home cook love has a gorgeous selection of serving platters and beautiful wooden boards that fit the perfect bill.
Crackers or bread? Fresh fruit or dried? Whatever you choose – think texture and keep it simple. Fresh seasonal fruit is always a welcome addition. The sweetness of a strawberry, cherry or peach pair very well with many cheeses whilst adding to the visual appeal. Quince paste is a classic accompaniment as are muscatels (dried grapes). That said, give me a fresh baguette and a glass of wine and I’m happy!
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