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The Dos and Dont’s of Creating an Artisanal Cheese Board

how-to-build-the-perfect-cheese-platter(Image: The Everygirl)

(Original story published on December 18, 2016, on CanadianLiving.com.)

Whether grand soirée or low-key gathering, a cheese board is always the right app on the menu. And it’s easy enough—just grab some different fromages, a box of crackers, maybe some grapes, and you’re good to go. Right? Not quite. Better read on.

An artisanal cheese board can be a beautiful thing. Created on the right serveware with the right assortment of cheeses, crackers and garnishes, it can be hard to resist—at least, if it’s done right. Here, what to do and what not to do to create the perfect cheese board.

The Source
Don’t just hit up your local grocery store.
Do check out the amazing world-class cheese available in our very own home and native land. Check out your local cheese shop and get to know our country’s offerings.

The Assortment
Don’t go for flavoured cheeses, including any additions like herbs and seasoning.
Do have an assortment, including goat-milk cheeses, cow-milk cheeses and blends.
Don’t have more than four to five cheeses on your board.
Do include variations: Hard, semi-hard, soft and blue.

The Extras
Don’t let the cheeses be alone on the board—but don’t go crazy with the extras either.

 

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