Show of hands – have you ever failed at cutting soft cheese? I have the tips and FAQS on cutting soft cheeses right here in this post!
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Who Cut The Cheese?
How many of you have asked during that one unpleasant time…
“Who cut the cheese?”
And then laughed because it was all silly and the room started smelling all bad and stuff….
I mean, we’ve all been there. We’ve all said that at one time or another.
But what if i were to dismiss all the toot talk and share a tip that really does cut the cheese??
I’m Talking About The Best Tip Ever For Slicing Soft Cheeses
I so wish I could take the credit for this great quick tip, but truth is, I’ve seen several chefs post this tip that I thought it’s so good, I must share it, too!
Randomly, it has to do with dental floss.
Have you ever cut a soft cheese, and the cheese stuck to your knife and ended up looking like a flat disc rather than the its original rounded shape? And P.S., it has nothing to do with how sharp the blade of your knife is.
This happens simply because the cheese is soft. The proteins of the cheese stick to the steel of the knife blade, causing it to squish down with the pressure of the knife cut. Most cheese knives are designed for the cheese proteins to slide off the steel, but not really the case here. Now, I don’t mean to get all physics on you, but this is the reason why even a sharp knife can’t really cut though soft cheeses.
My Friends, Dental Floss Is The Answer
This is not only a time saving tip, but GENIUS as well.
Lie your soft cheese on a flat surface. In this example, I’m using herbed goat cheese.
With unflavored, waxed, dental floss, hold taut with both hands and slice through / down the cheese, creating a perfect, even cut. Wipe off any cheese residue on the floss, and press through the cheese again.
And again, until you’ve cut all the cheese you want.
How Do I Cut Semi Soft Cheese?
The same way. Use dental floss. Hold it taut and press down. You’ll get a perfect cut this way with even semi soft cheese.
I know what some of you are thinking – can I cut soft mozzarella this way too?
The answer is YES! And I say YES with all affirmity. How do you cut mozzarella, you may ask? Mozzarella just may be one of the softest cheeses out there, so it’s no crime to want a perfect cut. A string of dental floss and precision will work for you every time. I must tell you, some chefs will suggest cutting mozzarella with a serrated knife. This only work minimally. I’m here to tell you that dental floss cuts through mozzarella perfectly.
What Is The Best Way To Cut Triangle Shaped Cheese?
Start by placing the cheese wedge on its side which is large and flat. Hold the cheese firmly with one hand. Insert the dental floss vertically (perpendicular to the cutting board) into the cheese near the edge of the wedge. Wiggle the floss until a large crumble pulls away.
Dental Floss Is The Answer
I could go through and talk about the bastion of cheeses out there, yet the best way to cut the cheese, is to use this quick tip:
I recommend always keeping a cartridge of dental floss in your kitchen gadget drawer. Again, make sure it’s unflavored, and waxed. Then, you’re good to go.
Best tip ever for cutting soft cheeses.
A tip I learned from the Pros, that was too good not to pass along.