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 the above photo of my own cheese knives – 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, are you tempted to dig those little knifes out of the bottom drawer and use them? If you found this interesting, why not also read our 5 Tips to Get the Most from Your Cheese and keep your cheese longer and in peak eating condition. Also check out our recommended further reading resources below and affiliate disclosure statement.
I think I need to find myself some cheese right now… what about you?
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