Most of us are probably guilty of owning a few kitchen gadgets that we never use. Whilst we don’t have a lot of fancy equipment that just takes up cupboard space, we do seem to have a lot of cheese boards. I’m not even sure how it happened, but when I last checked I counted 5.
As if that wasn’t enough, we’ve just added another DIY cheese board to our collection.
I know it sounds mad to add yet another cheese board to our collection, but this one is a bit different as we went supersized – it’s enormous.
I know that there can bit a bit of snobbery when it comes to cheese, but we prefer to take a more relaxed attitude and like to mix things up a bit. Basically, we throw everything we have at the board and make one huge sharing platter.
All ready-made boards that we looked at, especially the large ones, were really expensive, so we figured we’d just make our own – or rather have one made for us. So we nipped down to our local joinery and they were kind enough to cut us a big slab of wood to size.
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Then it was just a matter of lightly sanding and rounding the edges before giving the board a few coats of food-safe wood oil (this is the oil that we used). I’d definitely recommend using hardwood for this. A softwood would get damaged too quickly from all of the cutting.
I love cheese. There’s pretty much nothing I won’t eat (or at least try) when it comes to it. I know there are a load of rules about what should be on an ideal cheeseboard, but for us, it’s all about enjoying what we like.
Whilst a board full of cheese would be great for me, it is nice to throw a few other things into the mixture, especially as Jan doesn’t even like cheese!
After all, who says you can’t stick some pate on a cheese board? Okay, so strictly speaking it’s more of a diy cheese board / charcuterie board / serving platter, but no matter what you call it, it works really well when you have a lot of different food to serve when you have friends over.
Instead of searching for the perfect cheeseboard for so long, we should have probably had this DIY cheese board made much sooner. Maybe wouldn’t have bought quite so many different cheese boards if we’d had!
Part of the reason we like to DIY is that it enables us to get exactly what we want and this DIY cheese board (although we did strictly speaking have it made) is the perfect example.
Do you love cheese as much as I do? Do you have a favourite cheese? Are you guilty of having loads of kitchen gadgets that you don’t use?