Any way you shape it or slice it, Wisconsin Cheese is the tastiest around. Knowing how to properly cut cheese can help ensure that everyone at the table gets an equitable, bite-sized nibble.
The wedge is one of the most iconic shapes in the cheese world. With a thick base and tapered end, it can be a bit of mystery to determine how to best slice up that little wedge of Wisconsin wonderful. Never fear, we’re here to help!
For a wedge of semi-soft cheese, like gouda, first trim off the wax rind. Cut the wedge in half. Then slice each half into long, thin, triangle-like wedges. Depending on how large the wedge is, you may want to cut each slice in half vertically.
Firm or Semi-Firm
Example: Black Pepper BellaVitano®
For a long, narrow wedge of firm or semi-firm cheese, like BellaVitano®, first cut it in half. Cut the narrow half into long, thin slices. Rotate the thicker half 90˚ and slice into long, thin wedges.
This method is great for serving cheeses that have been rubbed with herbs or other flavorful ingredients so everyone gets a bite of spice.
Example: Pleasant Ridge Reserve
A wedge of alpine-style cheese or other semi-firm cheeses with a natural rind can easily be sliced into thin triangles. It’s perfectly fine to leave the rind on the top edge for serving. With a thicker wedge, slice the triangles vertically into thinner triangles.
Example: The Blue Jay
Cut a wedge of blue cheese into individual servings by starting at the center of the narrow end of the wedge and cutting outward in a radial pattern.
BRICKS & BLOCKS
With a little handiwork and the right cutting pattern, these chunks of cheese can be transformed into something far more elegant than a pile of cubes.
Example: Hook's Five Year Aged Cheddar
Transform a block of cheddar or other semi-firm cheese into pretty triangles in a few easy steps. First, cut the block in half. Slice each half into rectangular pieces about 1/8-inch thick, then cut each rectangular piece diagonally to form two triangles.
THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB
With their strange prongs and shapes, cheese knives can be a bit of a mystery.
Knowing which knife to use, and how to properly use it, however, can up your cheese board game and make slicing and serving a breeze.
We couldn’t possibly cover all the cheese knife shapes and varieties out there, but we can serve up a crash course on a few of the basics to get you started.
Pronged Cheese Knife
Think of the pronged cheese knife as the little black dress of the cheese knife world – it goes with everything. It’s great for cutting a soft cheese like brie, but can also be used for slicing harder cheeses. The pronged tip makes picking up and serving cheese pieces a breeze, so we consider this a must-have tool for any cheese board.
Soft Cheese Knife
You’ll know this knife is a softy when you see its holes. Because the interior of softer cheeses tends to stick to a solid knife, a blade with holes reduces the surface area the paste can stick to during the cutting process. If a knife with holes isn't part of your cheese tool kit yet, reach for something with a very thin, sharp straight blade.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Use it to serve soft, spreadable cheeses with ease as well as even a bit of grace and aplomb.
This classic slicer is great for shaving off paper-thin portions of cheese for tasting. It works especially well with semi-soft and semi-hard varieties.
Shaped like a tiny paddle, this knife makes a great addition to any cheese board. Reach for it whenever you want to easily serve chunks of hard, crumbly cheeses.
Despite the name, this knife works wonders in any hard cheese situation. The pointed tip makes it easy to break off bits and bites, which is ideal for flavorful hard cheeses like parmesan where a little bit and bite is perhaps just what you want.
Although sometimes referred to as the “cheddar cleaver,” this tool needn’t be reserved for just one variety of cheese. Use it to easily slice up anything from hard to semi-soft cheeses.
Now that you’ve got the knowledge, show us your slicing skills by making this Spicy Game Day Cheese Board, this Brunch Berry Cheese Board or another selection from our collection of over 300 recipes featuring Wisconsin Cheese. Share a photo of your next Wisconsin Cheese board on Instagram and become part of the largest cheese community in the world!