Cheeses come in many different shapes and sizes, but not every cheese can be cut with the same knife. Specialized cutting tools can not only do the job better, but also influence other factors such as taste. Tastes differ, so several cheese knives with your cheese board are important.
First of all, it is important to look at the structure of the cheese. The type of knife you will use depends on the type of cheese you want to serve. Slicing a soft brie requires a completely different blade (cutting surface) than for a hard crumble cheese. It can be compared to cutting bread or spreading butter. A different knife is used for each operation because this provides convenience and keeps the product intact.
The taste of a cheese is distributed over the entire product. The flavors of a soft cheese such as brie, for example, can be flattened when the cheese is cut with a regular knife. It creates a sticky mess which results in a different taste experience. A firm piece of brie tastes different than a piece of brie that has run out. Structure and taste are related to each other. To maintain the grainy texture of a Parmesan cheese, break the cheese down instead of cutting it. The grainy structure is tastier than a sliced or planed piece of Parmesan.
The different types of cheese knives
The Lusso Formaggi cheese knives come in a set of 4 and are perfect for cutting different types of cheese. Read more below about which knife or fork can be used for what!
The wide blade
Harder cheeses such as Parmesan, Emmental, aged Cheddar and Manchego can easily be broken due to the wide blade. The knife is therefore also located at the front of the blade. You can break or cut the piece of cheese by inserting the knife vertically into the cheese. In addition to cutting the cheese, the wide blade can also be used to hand the cheese to guests.
This sturdy knife easily cuts through Matured Gouda cheeses, Cheddar, Manchego or other aged cheeses. Scabs can also be easily removed. The sturdy blade provides a good grip and stable steering. The knife is also ideal for semi-hard cheeses. Think of Edam, regular Cheddar, Comte, Gouda cheeses, Rochefort etc.
The cheese fork
This knife with two sharp points is called the cheese fork. These points are suitable for pricking cubes, pieces or already cut slices of cheese. Think of cheeses such as Stilton, feta and young Gouda cheese. Also crumbling cheeses can be broken using the cheese fork.
The utility knife
The pointed end of the blade can easily break crumble cheese into the desired size. For example, consider a Parmesan cheese. Hard, semi-hard cheeses and semi-soft cheeses can also be cut with this. The knife is often located near the chèvres, Münster, brie, camembert, feta and gorgonzola. The blade can also be used as a spreading knife for soft cheeses such as goat cheese or fresh cream cheese. The narrow blade simply spreads the cheese over toast or bread. A nice extra of this knife is that it can also be used for your herb butter, pesto or pâté. Enjoy!