I grew up in a household where wine tasting, soiree, and Sunday brunches were pretty ordinary. So yes, since kindergarten, I knew how to use a cheese knife.
Even if you are not into fancy things, you may have a set in your house as it is a popular gift item. And when you already have it or thinking about getting one, you should know how to utilize these knives.
It is quite natural for you to be clueless, and that doesn’t matter anymore because this guide will turn you into a cheese knife expert.
So are you ready to get enlightened? Keep on reading!
Types of Cheese Knives
So, at the beginning of this cheese knife guide, I will introduce you to different types of blades and their purpose. According to dining etiquette, you cannot use more than one knife to cut or eat a specific cheese.
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Moreover, you can’t cut every cheese with the same knife. Therefore, knowing the varieties is the first thing we have to do.
So let’s start with that.
Soft Cheese Knife
A soft cheese knife comes with a sharp edge and is designed with holes in the blade. These round holes will prevent the delicate slices of cheese from sticking. In this way, you will get an intact piece every time.
You can use this knife for cutting cheeses such as fresh mozzarella, Brie, and Camembert. And if the slices are still sticking, just use the holes to push the pieces while serving.
Cheese spreaders, or you may know it as a spatula knife, are used for applying spreadable cheeses on food items. You can use it for spreading cream or crumbly cheeses on your bagel or crackers.
These knives have rounded blades, and the edges are dull. Any soft cheeses such as Robiola or stracchino can be applied with it.
The Gorgonzola knives are quite similar to the cheese spreader. However, these blades come with sharp edges, so you can slice some cheese and then layer it on your food.
As the name suggests, you can use it to spread Gorgonzola cheeses or anything with a soft, semi-soft, or crumbly texture. So if you are looking for something to take a bite of delicious bleu cheese, this is the cutlery you need.
Pronged Cheese Knife
The Pronged cheese knife is also known as a fork-tipped spear, is a pretty handy tool. Thanks to the sharp edge and curvy-forked tip, you can cut and eat a piece of cheese simultaneously. Therefore, you don’t have to get a separate cheese fork!
This multipurpose knife can be used for cutting soft and semi-hard cheeses. So, while serving a cheese plate, you will need it for convenience.
Slim Blade Knife
The blade of this knife comes with a narrow design and sharp edges. As it doesn’t have much surface area, you can use this knife for cutting super soft and semi-hard cheeses.
Additionally, the best part is that it has a raided handle that will prevent your knuckles from hitting the board while cutting. And it looks cool too!
Flat Cheese Knife
Flat knives are a common one you will see in every cheese knife set. The blade looks like a wide flat paddle and has a sharp bottom edge.
To cut a piece, you have to hold the blade vertically over the cheese block and push it downward. Then use the flat surface to pick up the slice.
You can use this knife for serving Gruyere, Asiago, or swiss cheese. It will work with any semi-soft or semi-hard blocks.
Narrow Plane Knife
You can use a narrow plane knife for cutting the cheese and chipping it away from the board. Unlike the flat cheese knife, it has two sharp edges instead of one.
Hence, you can cut any hard cheeses like Gouda or Cheddar without any hassle.
Cheddar Cheese Knife
A Cheddar cheese knife or mini cleaver is made for cutting hard cheese. Therefore, you can use it in your everyday life too.
The handle is ergonomically placed in a way that you can use force to cut a block effortlessly.
Hard Cheese Knife
Some cheese blocks are more rigid; hence you will need something that will make your task easier. Well, that’s when this hard cheese knife will come in handy.
It has a long and straight blade with a sharp edge and a sturdy handle to ease your struggle.
Hard cheeses like Asiago, Comte, and extra mature Cheddar should be cut with it for a better experience,
How to Cut Different Types of Cheeses
Now it’s time for us to discuss which cheese knife to use for each type. If you misuse the knives, you will end up butchering the texture and taste! Hence, let me give you proper instructions to perform this task.
Soft Cheese Wedges
While slicing soft cheese, you should cut along the long edge of the wedge. Always cut a long strip so you can enjoy all the flavors at once. Moreover, don’t put much pressure as it can damage your slices.
Hard Cheese Wedges
When you are about to slice a wedge of hard or semi-hard cheese, always go along the width and stop halfway. Then cut the top half of the wedge and go along the long edge for an accurate piece.
Bleu Cheese Wedges
All you have to do is to pinpoint the center of the bottom edge. And then, cut a triangular piece to serve as a pro!
For cutting a hard block, make two rectangular pieces at first. Then you can cut along the width to make a slice or get some triangular pieces, whichever you want.
Cutting a log of cheese is the easiest one of all! Just slide down the length of the log and create some cheese discs.
Like the block cheeses, you can cut the wheel in half to make things more manageable. If you want to make triangle pieces, you can slice them in a radial pattern.
And when you are determined to keep the wheel intact, mark the center and carve some pieces like the spokes on a wheel.
Before serving a gorgeous cheese plate, you have to learn how to use a cheese knife.
Otherwise, you will end up ruining the flavors and shapes of an exotic cheese, and that’s a crime! So get acquainted with the knives to enjoy every cheesy moment!