A cheese plate is a beautiful thing. But if you're unskilled in the kitchen, you may not know what goes into creating one. To make it easier, remember this mnemonic device: "Something old, something new, something goat, and something blue."
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A good cheese board is all about balancing flavours and textures. You want a mix of soft and hard cheeses, and you want a mix of strong to mild flavours. If you're not a cheese expert, you might not know where to start, though. As a basic rule, DesignMom.com recommends starting with four of the following types of cheese: old, new, goat and blue.
Goat cheese is pretty straightforward, and it tends to have a stronger taste than cow's milk. Blue cheese, the site explains, refers to cheese with a blue vein running through it, and flavours can range from mild to strong.
The site explains the meaning of "old" and "new":
The old cheese in the rhyme simply means aged. I'm talking Cheddar, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Gruyère, and Gouda. The longer a cheese ages, the harder and crumblier the texture becomes. They tend to be saltier and full of great flavour. But remember: a little goes a long way with really aged cheese. It really packs a punch... New cheeses are those that haven't aged quite as long. Fresh cheeses like mozzarella, burrata, ricotta, or mascarpone are part of this category. They are milky-white with a higher moisture content and are very, very mild. Younger cheeses also have a much softer texture. Queso Fresco and Feta are also in this category, and are crumbly rather than soft.
If you're looking for options to put on your plate, this is an easy guideline to get started. They have got a lot more info on how to build a great cheese board, so be sure to check out the link below.