With the festive season well and truly underway, it’s time for the entertaining to begin! Gather around a beautiful cheese board and celebrate with friends and family.
Gone are the days of only enjoying cheese at the end of a meal. French cheese can (and should) be enjoyed at any time of the day. Grate pieces of Comte into your morning omelet, add Cantal to your toasted sandwich, or serve up a range of different cheeses on your Friday night party platter.
When people think of French cheeses they often go to Brie and Camembert, but varieties like Eposses, Mimolette, Cantal and Langres are the top range selections for Summer 2018 – 2019.
If you want to create the perfect French cheese assortment, for a festive gathering of friends, experts at CNIEL have come up with a few suggestions on how to prepare the perfect cheese board:
Ask to try before you buy
There are over 200 different types of French cheeses, which can be overwhelming to choose from. Ask your cheese monger for a recommendation, and of course, a taste test. Explain your favourite flavours and wines of choice and they will recommend cheese you are most likely to enjoy.
Buy small amounts, but buy often
French cheese is delicate, so buy it often in small amounts, and savour every bite. This will ensure you will always be enjoying the cheese at it’s best and most fresh state.
Care for it
Cheese is a living product, so it needs to breath. This means don’t wrap your cheese in plastic when you store it! It will sweat and reduce in quality. The best way to store your cheese and maintain its delicate flavours is in cheese paper. It allows the cheese to breath, and also protects it from drying out in the fridge.
Try a variety of French Cheese
When putting together a cheese platter select an odd number of cheeses to ensure you are experiencing a range of textures and tastes. Try a mix of hard, soft and blue cheeses to create the perfect balance.
Eat it whenever you want!
French Cheese is made to be experienced and enjoyed at any time of the day, accompanied with other food or simply on its own. Enjoy a variety of different French cheeses – try the stinky, the creamy and the crumbly.