The size of your Cheese Board does matterLet the occasion and the variety of treats, dictate what size board you use. If you have a couple of cheese selections and a few crackers you can get away with a relatively small board (12 x 8). For a party with a variety of cheeses, fruit etc., a larger board will greatly improve your presentation and functionality. Imagine the impact of an extra-large Italian Olive Wood Slab (32 x 12). A truly impressive presentation addition for your charcuterie gatherings.
Wooden Cheese BoardsThe most common choice for serving cheese. Reliable, easy to clean and economical, a wooden cheese or serving board can be anything from a sectioned wood burl to an appropriated cutting board. What makes the real difference in the character of the wood and how it emphasizes the story of the cheese? For example, serving a wheel of Pecorino Toscano Cheese on a rustic olive wood slab from Tuscany, will evoke a true sense of exotic dining, whereas displaying the same cheese on a ratty cutting board with plastic spoons will downgrade the whole experience.
- Spreader Knife: For soft cheese, made for putting on crackers or breads
- Cheese Plane: For hard and semi-firm cheeses, such as pecorino or parmesan.
- Spade Knife: For hard cheeses
- Wide / Flat Knife / Server: For semi-hard cheese and to serve after slicing
Why Use Cutting Board Oils and Board Creams?The goal of board oil is to penetrate the wood and saturate the wood fibers, in order to stop any other liquids (blood, bacteria) and moisture from soaking into the board. As well, a well-oiled cutting board will keep the same shape when the wood fibers are saturated, so it will not expand and shrink compared to a board that is left to completely dry, then exposed to water. This shrinking and expanding effect is the main cause of warped cutting boards.
Here is a picture of a "no maintenance" bamboo cutting board that has been oiled on one side and left dry on the other. In other words, all wood or even bamboo cutting boards need to be oiled periodically:
While board oil penetrates the wood, board cream/wax acts as a physical barrier on the surface of the wood that protects against stains and liquids. The wax also aids in sanitation, as it fills and seals in knife scars and microscopic cracks where bacteria would otherwise gather. Used in conjunction, cutting board oil & cream provide an effective combination of protective outer layer & sealed wood that is sanitary, easier to clean & won’t warp.
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- Beeswax Based Creams: Boos Board Cream, Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner >
- Specialty Coconut Oil: Caron and Doucet Vegan Cutting Board Oil >
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