Do you know the correct knife to use for your cheese?
Well, if you thought the different styles of cheese knives were just a marketing ploy, you will be surprised to know there is a science behind these little knives.
Knives are chosen depending on the cheese’s shape, consistency and size. The correct knife assists in the cutting, spreading and moving of your cheese.
Below are the commonly used shapes and the cheeses they work best with.
Bell Shaped Knife: use this with Emmental, Provolone and soft Pecorino.
Spatula: this knife is best for spreading Brie, Camembert, Teleme and Taleggio
Knife for soft cheeses: these knives vary a little in shape and are suitable for soft cheeses like Mozzarella and Gorgonzola.
Heart shaped knife: use with hard cheeses such as Parmigiano-Reggiano, Pecorino Romano and Grana Padano.
(In above photo of my own cheese knives and from left: Small fork and soft cheese knife; Narrow spatula knife; Cheese fork; Heart-shaped knife; Variation of Bell shaped knife; Wide spatula knife)
Now you know the best knives for your cheese type, read these 5 Tips to Get the Most from Your Cheese and if you want to learn more on cheeses this book is full of photos and facts and will have you the true cheese connoisseur in no time at all!
I think I need to find myself some cheese right now… what about you? Annette xx