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Cheese Board 101

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To create interest, serve at least five different types of cheese. To ensure each cheese stands out, select those with different shapes, colours, textures and flavours.

Number and styles of cheese to serve:

To create interest, serve at least five different types of cheese. To ensure each cheese stands out, select those with different shapes, colours, textures and flavours.

As a guide, try to include:

  • a soft and creamy cheese, such as goat cheese
  • a semisoft cheese, such as Brie, Boursin or Bocconcini
  • firmer cheeses, such as aged Cheddar
  • a rich and tangy blue cheese
  • a special flavoured cheese, such as Kaltbach Swiss Cave Aged Gruyere

Setting up the cheese board:

Unwrap your cheeses and set on the board 90 minutes before serving. Warming them to room temperature will bring out their full flavours. During that process, cover the cheeses loosely; this will, like good wine, still allow the cheese to breathe, but not allow it to dry out. To prevent the intermingling of flavours, when setting the cheeses on the board, make sure there’s space between each type. Also have a different serving knife for each type of cheese.