There are certain things it’s incredibly important to know how to do properly, like CPR, the Heimlich manoeuvre, and being able to swim.
Another absolutely essential life skill is knowing how to cut cheese properly.
You might think it’s just a case of wielding the nearest knife and stabbing it into your chosen block of solidified cow juice, but nah. There’s an art to it, according to the domestic legends over at the Good Housekeeping Institute.
‘An oozing brie, veiny blue, and tangy cheddar cheeseboard is the perfect way to round off a festive feast,’ says the Good Housekeeping Institute.
‘But rather than cutting into the cheese at any angle, there’s a trick to getting the best from your cheese.
‘According to connoisseurs, there’s an art to cutting cheese. Shape, size and even texture play a part in how each variation should be sliced.’
Get your notebooks out, lads, and get ready to learn.
How to cut round cheese such as camembert or brie
Avoid long, uneven slices – quarter the cheese then keep cutting in half to make sure each guest gets some of the gooey centre.
How to cut hard-rinded blocks such as Cheddar and Red Leicester
Cut lengthways in equal portions, then slice horizontally through the middle.
How to cut triangle cheese such as brie and stilton
Cut off the very end, then cut into long slices, so everyone gets to enjoy the softer cheese near the tip.
How to cut flat top, pyramid shapes such as goat’s cheese and Cerney Ash
With an awkward shaped cheese it’s important to make sure everyone gets an even amount of ash rind, as well as the creamy, white cheese.
Slice from the centre outwards making even diagonal cuts around the cheese.
How to cut waxed truckle such as Wensleydale and Caerphilly
With wax on or off, cut down the centre then outwards into wedge shapes to get the different tastes from the inside out.
So, there you have it.
Now you can wow your friends and family at your next dinner party with your mad cheese cutting skills.