Charcuterie Board 101

Check out these tips on how to create a charcuterie board for your next party.

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What Goes on a Charcuterie Board

The best thing about a charcuterie board is that pretty much anything can go on one. Cheeses, fruits, vegetables, jams, meats, everything. I like to call it a pretty version of ‘junk on a plate’. Which is pretty much all your favourite things in one spot.

How to Assemble a Charcuterie Board

  1. Prepare the food – wash and cut and fruits and veg, take out the cheeses you want to use. Some top cheeses to use are a Brie, Gouda, 2-Year-Old Cheddar, a Parmesan and some beer or wine-infused cheese.
  2. Add the cheese to your charcuterie board and put a cheese knife with each one. TIP: Cut off some pieces of the cheese to get it started. No one ever likes to be the first person to break into the Brie but if it’s already cut your guests will start digging in.
  3. Next, add your meats. Spead them out around the cheeses and hand rip them into smaller pieces that are easier to eat. You can also add some toothpicks in a little jar to help your guests pick up the food.
  4. Add some other goodies such as artichokes, olives etc around your meats and cheeses.
  5. Jam it up. Add some delicious jams to compliment your food. You can put them into smaller jars with little spoons for easy access.
  6. Add some colour by adding fruits – pears, grapes, berries and figs are always a great choice.
  7. Don’t forget the crackers. You may be running out of space at this time but just stuff those crackers in all the little areas around the board.
  8. Fill in any little gaps with some nuts.

How to Oil a Charcuterie Board

It’s suggested that you use a Mineral Oil (you can find this on Amazon or even Ikea I’ve heard). Pour some mineral oil onto your board and use a microfibre cloth to rub it into the board. Don’t forget the sides.

How to Clean a Charcuterie Board

Have a strawberry stain on your board? To remove the stain it’s as easy as re-sanding that area of the board with some sandpaper. However, make sure that you’re treating/oiling the board after.

Just looking for a basic clean? Use some mild soap and hot water and wash in a circular motion with a gentle sponge.

Need a little deeper of a clean? Create a 2:1 mixture of water and vinegar and apply to both sides.

How Do You Pronounce Charcuterie Board

This is more popular than you think – how to properly produce charcuterie board. The answer is: shahr-koo-tuh–ree.

Where to Make Your Own Charcuterie Board in Toronto

Looking for a girls night out or an idea for a bachelorette party? Toronto’s, The Charcuterie Board Workshop offers a fun experience where you start your evening off with some wine or perrier all while learning how to style your own board. Don’t worry you get to snack on it too!

Then you get the opportunity to get your hands a little dirty and create your own board. The owner will walk you through all the steps including de-barking, sanding and oiling. The best part? You get to take the board home with you!

Learn more about The Charcuterie Board Workshop in Toronto here.

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