I love cheese. Who doesn’t, right? I’m not fancy and I certainly don’t know a lot about cheeses and pairings, but I find the whole culture and history quite fascinating. Plus, cheese is delicious. I often end up bringing a cheese board or plate to parties because they are super easy (very little prep) and are always a huge hit. Lately I’ve been doing more reading and plan to up the ante a bit.
To start upping your game when it comes to cheese boards, you will need a few things…
- AN EDUCATION :: Learn a little about cheese. Maybe try your hand at making some cheese, so you can understand the science and art. Pick up a cheese book. The one I feature in this post is a great beginners guide. Or look up some of the thousands of guides online. A quick Pinterest search turns up tons. Learn about pairings and the origins of different varieties. Visit a local cheese shop (or if you are lucky, maybe you have a cheese vendor at your farmer’s market) and try some new cheeses.
- CHEESE TOOLS :: You’ll need a basic cheese tool kit that includes cheese knives and a cheese board (a wood cutting board works great as well). Why not pick up some cute cheese markers or fancy little bowls (which you’ll need for the next part).
- FANCY FIXINGS :: Try something different with your cheese. Honey and chutney are both traditional choices, but not something you see everyday. Fresh fruit, herbs, nuts and olives are also classic pairings to cheese.
Here are a few of my picks for cheese newbies like me…
- Cheese Storage Kit from Fromaticum / $18.99
- Ohio State Cheese Board by AHeirloom / $48.00
- ‘Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese’ by Tenaya Darlington / $16.66
- Cheese Marker Set from Modcloth / $24.99
- Italian Cheese Kit from Uncommon Goods / $24.95
- Adjustable Cheese Slicer from Amazon / $11.73
- Raw & Unfiltered Honey from Rodale’s / $12.00
- Old Yorkshire Chutney from Cachette / $4.30
- Cheese Chart from Uncommon Goods / $29.00