How To Avoid An Abominable Cheese Platter

December 02, 2013 in

 

Step 1: Don't Overdo It

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- Too many cheese varieties will overwhelm your palate and your guests!

- The plate is too crowded and is beginning to look like a cheese sculpture...

- Step away from the toothpicks. It's perfectly okay to use your fingers (or claws).

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- Narrow your selection to 3-5 varieties. Aged, Soft, Firm and Blue should cover it. Try TJ's Italian Truffle, TJ's Swiss Gruyere & TJ's Blue Stilton!

- One knife for each cheese should do to avoid cross-contamination—especially for that Blue Stilton!

- A simple arrangement on a clean cutting board brings all the attention to where it should be—the cheese.

 

Step 2: Don't Leave Them Wanting

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- This cheese is sliced grossly thin. It looks stingy, and guests will not be able to taste the flavors.

- This cheese was brought straight from the refrigerator to the table and is still cold.

- Potato Chips do not make sufficient vehicles for cheese as they break too easily.

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- Go for thick, hearty slices of cheese that you can really sink your teeth into!

- Cheese is meant to be consumed at room temperature, so plan accordingly!

- TJ's Cracker Assortments and TJ's Brioche Toasts are sturdy and the taste won't distract from the cheeses.

 

Step 3: Don't Confuse Your Guests

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- Steer clear from pre-sliced cheeses and hard cooking cheeses—these have no place on your platter!

- No consideration for arrangement here... and are those papers edible?

- This looks like a terrible game of Blue-Cheese-Roulette.

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- Select one familiar cheese to help your less adventurous guests dive in. TJ's Unexpected Cheddar is a real crowd pleaser

- Supplement with accompaniments that compliment your cheeses... TJ's Dried Turkish Apricots, TJ's Mesquite Smoked Almonds, Italian & Spanish Meat Combo Packs, and TJ's Greek Olive Medley

- Arrange your cheeses from mild to strong, no surpises here!