The wide variety of farmhouse cheese available means that there is one to suit every palate, each capturing the true flavour of the countryside.  Here are a couple of points to consider when making the selection for your cheese board.

- Avoid too much choice.  It’s better to have a couple of good size pieces of cheese than a lot of smaller bits. It looks better and the cheese will keep better.  Try to limit your selection to no more than five different cheeses.

- Select your cheeses so that you have different sizes, shapes, flavours and texture.  For example, you could have a soft, blue, hard, and goat.

- Place your cheeses in order of strength – try not to have strong pungent cheeses beside delicately flavoured cheeses.

- Leave the cheese at room temperature for approximately 2-3 hours before serving

In terms of presentation, try serving cheeses on slate, marble, wooden board, or straw  mat.  Serve with bread or cheese crackers leaving room beside each cheese for your guests to slice. Apples, pears, or grapes make a nice addition along with honey, jellies, chutney or quince.


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