What's the Difference Between a Cheese Board & a Charcuterie Board?

What's the Difference Between a Cheese Board & a Charcuterie Board?

Putting a cheese or charcuterie board together can be a very satisfying treat to enjoy on a special occasion or for a casual picnic. 

The main difference between the two, is that a charcuterie board is made up of different cured meats, such as chorizo or salami, and a cheese board includes several different flavours of cheese to enjoy. 

What is a cheese board?

A cheese board is simply a selection of cheeses, typically on a wooden board, which are enjoyed with a choice of crackers or biscuits and even paired with assorted fruits and an array of spreads or chutneys. 

Realistically, a cheese board can be any selection of cheeses paired with what you see fit.

Our Boujee Cheese Board ‘in a box’ is a great example of a widely mixed cheese board.

What is charcuterie?

Charcuterie is a French term which literally translates to ‘fancy pork butcher’. It is a branch of cooking which primarily focuses on the preparation of certain meat products, such as bacon, ham, pâtés or sausages. 


What is a charcuterie board?

A charcuterie board is a type of appetiser usually served on a wooden board or stone slab that shows a selection of cured meats. 

When presented correctly, a charcuterie board can look elegant and very delicious.

Our Charcuterie Cheese Board Box is a great example of a charcuterie, meat-focused board mixed with a classic cheese board!


What's the difference between a charcuterie board and a cutting board?

Charcuterie boards are designed for presentation of cured meats. Chopping or slicing of the meat should be avoided on a charcuterie board, as it will leave scratches and scrapes in the wood or stone slab. 

The cured meats wanting to be eaten should be chopped and sliced on a cutting board before being presented, as cutting boards are made from either edge grain or end grain pieces, meaning they can withstand much more sharp impact before starting to look very used. 

What are the main differences between cheese boards and charcuterie boards?

The main difference between a charcuterie board and a cheese board is their ingredients. A charcuterie board includes a selection of cold, cured meats whereas a cheese board includes a selection of cheeses served together. 

In a new modern twist, the two boards are now merely interchangeable and are often combined to offer a great snack (or even meal) for guests on any occasion. 

Both charcuterie boards and cheese boards are great for special occasions and events, such as weddings, birthdays, Christmas or even in business meetings! You can even get corporate grazing boxes or cheese gift boxes delivered right to your door.
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