Like most things in life, picnics are at least 200% better with cheese. But cheese choose wisely, not all cheeses are created equal when it comes to picnic suitability. Some things to consider before you pack the picnic basket and lay out the really big picnic rug:
THE CRUMBLE FACTOR
However the cheese makes it to your picnic, chances are it may be at risk of being squashed or damaged by its esky-mates on the way there. Make sure it’s well packaged and protected so you don’t end up eating a pile of cheese crumbs.
THE KNIFE FACTOR
Knives can be a pain to transport, especially if you throw young kids into the equation. If you’re the organised type, consider pre-cutting your cheese into bite sized slices or portions right before you leave, and storing in an airtight container to maintain freshness.
THE “HOW HUNGRY YOU ARE VS HOW QUICKLY WILL IT MELT” FACTOR
If you’re planning on grazing over a long, slow afternoon in the warmth, the firmer and more contained the cheese, the better. You don’t want it getting gooey if left too long in the hot sun. Not to mention the risk of food poisoning.
That said, if it’s going to be snaffled up in the first ten minutes then by all means, Brie our guest.
Cheddar, Greve, Gouda, Grana Padano, Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino are good options to last the distance.
THE SMELL FACTOR
Let’s face it, no matter how expensive and delicious, some cheese just smells a bit gross. Just like breaking out a can of tuna in the office tea room, spare a thought for your co-picnickers and anyone with a sensitive nose.
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