Have you ever seen a TV commercial and thought to yourself how to cut cheese in this perfect way?
Well, we are here to answer this! This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to cut, shape and slice cheese like a pro.
We will present to you the cutting methods according to how your creamy block looks and its geometrical shape. So if you love geometry, you will definitely enjoy our handy tutorial.
First: How to cut round (circle) cheese?
Some examples of Round blocks: Fourme d’Ambert and Camembert.
Most of the blocks on the market come in this shape, and they are almost the easiest shape to cut.
Cutting soft creamy wheels is literally like cutting a cake or a pie; you start in the middle of it and keep cutting outwards to create even-sized yummy wedges.
- Sharp knife
- Cutting board
steps for cutting circle cheese block
First, cut your round block across the middle to divide it into equal wedges. And keep slicing with your knife towards the outer part of it.
Now you have wedge triangles according to the size of your desire, and you can slice these wedge triangles into thinner wedges.
Second: How to cut cheese logs?
Examples of log cylinders: saint maure.
While cutting cylindrical logs, your goal is to cut coins of the same size, just like how you cut a stick of butter.
- Knife or slicer
- Cutting board
steps for cutting cheese logs
Cut the log horizontally/perpendicular to the long side to have few small yummy rounds, and you can cut the small rounds you get into two halves for half a moon shape.
If you want a triangle-shaped wedges, you can cut them into quarters.
Third: How to cut triangle cheese for a charcuterie?
Some examples of triangle-shaped blocks: Capriole Pipers Pyramid and Valençay.
Cutting cheese triangles is just like cutting a wedge of round or circle one. You can use this technique with soft, medium, or hard triangles.
The size and thickness of your block will determine how many slices you will get.
- Cutting board
steps of cutting triangle-shaped cheese
All you need to do is put the tip of your knife in the center of the pyramid cheese, then slice it in half to create even triangular wedges.
Then cut these triangular pieces into two smaller triangle-shaped wedges. Super-duper easy, isn’t it?
If you got some leftover piecec, you could use it in pasta for extra flavor.
Fourth: How to cut rectangular cheese?
Some examples of rectangle-shaped blocks: Gruyere, Parmesan, cheddar, and Gouda.
When cutting rectangular blocks, you better have thin slices, not cubes.
Make sure your knife is very sharp to give you the perfect slices.
- Knife or slicer
- Cutting board
steps of cutting rectangular-shaped cheese
Cut the edge of your block without the rind; keep cutting horizontally to get matchsticks.
Before reaching the edge of the cheese, flip it around and start cutting vertically from the rind to get even-sized slices. And voila! Your yummy pieces are ready to be served.
Fifth: How to cut Soft wedge cheese?
When you know that soft-wedged creamy pieces like Gouda are just wedges of big wheel wedges, you will know how to deal with it.
- Slicer or dental floss
steps of cutting soft wedge cheese
Make few long cuts from the edge of the piece towards the nose to create smaller thin wedges.
And If you are using a wire, we recommend you to hold the wedge in your hand while making the cuts; you can also cut it as cubes if you want.
Tip: you can try using dental floss to slice super soft types; it really works.
And bon appetite.
Sixth: How to cut crumbly cheese?
Examples of crumbly cheese: ricotta Salata and Caerphilly.
Whether your block is soft or hard such as cheddars or Aged Gouda, or any kind of crumbly blocks, you can never have a clean even-sized piece of it.
It looks that they are just made to crumble!
steps of cutting crumbly cheese
First, you need to wash your hands or wear gloves, and then start to chunk off small pieces by breaking the block into uneven chunks and crumbles.
Tip: You can use a wire or dental floss to slice crumbly cheese.
Seventh: How to cut cheese into cubes?
Last but not least, cheese cubes are the ideal shape; they are poppable and can be easily eaten with toothpicks.
They make tasty and attractive-looking appetizers at your parties. You can also use these creamy cubes for cooking purposes.
- Cutting board
steps of cutting cheese cubes
Put your yummy bar on its side on your cutting board and slice it into 1/2 inch slices (if it is a small block) and 1-inch slices (if it is a large block)
Now carefully turn the sliced block in a way that the slices are stacked on top of each other. And slice the stacked cuts lengthwise in the same width you used to slice the first slices.
Turn and cut the previous slices. You will get the block falling away in cubes
More cheesy tips
- Check out the date and texture of the block or whichever the product is before buying it
- After picking up the good slicer or cutting tool, it is so important to cut the block right before serving.
- It is more important to slice and serve the yummy creamy pieces at room temperature.
- It is recommended to prepare your board in advance; to protect your pieces from drying or sweating out their natural fats, try to cover the cheese board with a damp cloth.
- After cutting soft types, place them in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
- If you are cutting or slicing with a grater, you can apply the non-stick spray, it will really help
- Remember that cutting the tasty block in a good way is not just some kind of a formal protocol; it really gives an overall sensory experience. So you are using the grater before cutting your pieces to avoid sticking.
- We recommend you always have your knife collection clean, sharpened, and ready to use.
- Polish your olivewood and white marble serving board regularly.
- You can rub some drops of olive oil on the surface of the board to prevent the soft pieces from sticking to it.
- DON’T put your serving board in the dishwasher.
FAQs about How to Cut Cheese Like a Pro?
What are the main types of cheese?
1. Hard cheese : Such as: Parmesan, Manchego and Pecorino.
2. Semi-hard cheese : Such as Cheddar, Havarti, and Gouta.
3. Blue cheeses : Such as: Gorgonzola, Roquefort and stilton.
4. White mold : Such as Brie and Camembert.
5. Fresh : Such as Mozzarella and Feta.
6. Goat cheese : such as Blue one and Goat brie.
What are the best knives for cutting cheese?
1. Pronged Knife
The pronged knife goes with almost everything. It is such an important tool for any kitchen and any turophile, of course!
It is excellent for cutting soft creamy pieces like brie, and it can also be used for cutting hard blocks.
2. The spreader
The name of the knife says it all. It is used to serve creamy, spreadable kinds easily.
3. Cheese plane
If you want a tool to help you peel off thin pieces of the creamy block, the plane is an excellent option for you.
This classic slicer is perfect for semi-soft and semi firm cheeses, such as Swiss and Emmental.
4. Chisel Knife
This knife looks like a tiny paddle; it makes such a perfect tool for any serving tray. It will help you whenever you are serving chunks of hard and crumbly pieces.
5. Parmesan Knife
Not like its name, the parmesan knife is so helpful in cutting and slicing any kind of creamy products.
Cleaver is also known as “cheddar cleaver,” is a tool with a wide blade and sharp-edge used in creating decisive cuts
It is used to cut and slice any kind of blocks, from semi stiff to semi-soft ones such as Swiss and cheddar.
What do you use to cut hard cheese?
Always cut your hard cheese using a tear-shaped knife
It is easy-peasy, just slide the tip of the knife and then start to push down with extra pressure. Hard blocks such as Beaufort, Cantal, and Gruyere might crumble into larger chunks. Stay strong and don’t crumble with it, and keep trying.
What is trim cheese?
When the creamy block is cut and packaged, there will be some leftover. That leftover is what is called “trim.” Don’t worry. It is fresh and just as tasty as the block itself.
Cutting cheese is not rocket science; all you need is a sharp knife or a cutting tool, a cutting board, and a yummy creamy block.
These were our different ways of cutting and slicing cheese easily, if you have more tips and tricks please tell us in the comments below! And Bon appetite!