The right knives make it easy to serve your favorite cheeses, whether you enjoy soft bries or hard aged cheddars. The best cheese knives have a stainless steel blade and are designed to work with the cheeses you love.
Many knives are made to serve specific types of cheese. Hard cheese knives have wider blades and sharp end points to help you cut into blocks, while soft cheese knives usually have smaller blades with openings to prevent the cheese from sticking. There are also general-use knives that work well for most cheeses, which makes them great for anyone who likes to sample different varieties. Some knives come as a set and might even include a wood charcuterie board, so you’re always prepared for an impromptu party.
I’ve also included a few different utensils on this list that are not technically knives but are still great for serving cheese. Spreaders are popular because they can cut soft cheeses and easily smear it on crackers or bread. There are also slicers that use stainless steel wires rather than blades and come in both handheld and tabletop varieties.
When it comes to material, stainless steel is a popular choice for all kitchen knives because it is rust-resistant. It’s also durable and requires little maintenance to keep it sharp, so you can be ready to serve cheese at any time. Some knife handles are made from stainless steel too, while others are made from materials like wood or resin. Stainless steel handles are popular because they’re usually dishwasher-friendly, but if you don’t mind hand-washing, you can choose the handle material based on style or personal preference.
Host a cheese party for your friends and family or just for yourself with picks from this list of the best cheese knives on Amazon.
The Best Universal Cheese Knife
If you’re looking for one multi-use knife that can do it all, this is the pick for you. It has cutouts, which help to reduce sticking when cutting soft cheeses, but it also has a serrated edge, so you can slice through hard cheeses, fruits, and vegetables too. The double-pronged end can be used to pick up pieces of cheese after you slice them, so you can easily get them to your plate or onto your cracker. If you’re still unsure about this stainless steel knife, check out the Amazon ratings section, where it has an overall 4.7-star rating. The handle is made from Bakelite, and reviewers say it can hold up to being run through the dishwasher.
One fan raved: “This cheese knife is GREAT. I like to slice up some Cabot or Cracker Barrel Vermont Sharp Cheddar Cheese blocks for an afternoon snack, and every knife I have either doesn’t cut the cheese well, or the cheese sticks to it and is hard to get off without braking apart. With this knife, I have neither of those problems. It cuts with very little effort (especially the softer Cracker Barrel) and there is no sticking. I’m kicking myself for not buying this years ago!”
A Four-Piece Set Of Chic Mini Cheese Knives
Even though this mini knife set costs under $15, it still includes everything you need to serve a full cheese board. It comes with a spade knife, a small fork, a plane knife, and a spreader, so you can easily slice, serve, and enjoy soft, semi-hard, and crumbly cheeses. The blades are made of stainless steel while the handles are made of wood for a classic look. Since the handles are made from wood, these cheese knives should be hand washed.
One fan raved: “Excellent value cheese knife set. Simple design and perfect for my cheese and charcuterie boards.”
The Best Knife For Hard Cheeses
Your favorite Parmesans and cheddars stand no chance against this best-selling knife, which is designed for cutting hard cheeses. It’s cast from a single piece of 100% stainless steel for a rust-resistant and durable design. This knife not only has a sharp blade, but it also has a sharp point that you can use to break into hard blocks of cheese. If you want to add more to your collection, be sure to check out the brand’s other options, including this three-piece knife set. Since it’s made entirely from stainless steel, it’s also dishwasher safe.
One fan raved: “This knife is extremely well-made. Blade is sharp and it is attractive, well-balanced, and easy to clean. A far cry from cheese knives with plastic handles that break when more than a modicum of force is applied.”
The Best Knife For Soft Cheeses
Easily slice and serve soft cheeses with this specialty cheese knife. It has a cutout blade design that helps prevent cheese from sticking, so you can get a cleaner cut. Once you’ve sliced your cheese, you can also use the double-pronged end to spear the slice, then seamlessly serve it on a plate, cracker, or piece of bread. Another reason to love this knife is that it’s made entirely from stainless steel and is dishwasher-friendly, making it durable and low-maintenance.
One fan raved: “Solid, cuts easily through a variety of cheeses, and not a bad price either. Now if I use another knife on soft cheese I feel like I’m mushing it–the design of the holes in the blade really help it slide through the cheese without sticking. Highly recommended.”
The Best Handheld Slicer For Soft And Semi-Hard Cheeses
It may not be a knife, but this handheld slicer is a great tool for serving soft and semi-hard cheeses. It has a stainless steel wire that easily glides through cheese, and you can adjust the thickness of the slice by how you angle the handle. The handle is made from cast aluminum and has an ergonomic design, so you can slice enough cheese for a party without getting tired. Be sure to check out the reviews section too, where this slicer has a 4.5-star overall rating and thousands of reviews. It’s also dishwasher safe.
One fan raved: “I actually bought this same slicer when we were stationed in Germany over 40 years ago! I was dismayed when the wire recently broke. My husband surprised me and found it on Amazon!!! It is still the same construction and quality as my original slicer. The wire stays tight and the slice width is perfect for sandwiches or snacks. We raised two boys and this slicer was used constantly and was easy enough for them use when they were younger.”
The Best Six-Piece Knife Set
This six-piece knife set is perfect for serving cheese at home, and it also makes a great gift for cheese-loving friends. For just over $20, it includes a spreader, a fork, a thin knife, a pronged knife, a heart knife, and a chisel knife, as well as a nice box. Each of the knives is designed for a different cheese type, such as the pronged knife, which is made for cutting soft cheeses, and the chisel knife, which is better for digging into crumbly cheeses. All of the knives are made entirely from stainless steel (so they’re also dishwasher-safe), and the set is well-loved on Amazon, where it has a 4.8-star overall rating.
One fan raved: “Very pretty and a shape and cutting blade for every type of cheese. These are dishwasher safe and very sharp. I would recommend them. I don’t keep them in the box they came in but you could.”
The Best Cheese Board With A Full Set Of Knives
This cheese board set comes with everything you need to serve a cheese or charcuterie spread. Measuring 17 by 13 by 1.2 inches, the board is made from bamboo and has an indent along the edge that’s perfect for nestling crackers, pretzels, nuts, and more. On the side of the board is a hidden drawer that contains serving utensils, so you always have them right where you need them. The set includes six serving forks and six stainless steel knives, including a knife with cutouts for softer cheeses and a spreader-style knife. The handles are made from bamboo, and the knives should be hand-washed to keep them in great shape.
One fan raved: “I rarely write a product review but this was such a great find and a big hit with my friends I had to share! It was delivered just in time for a small get-together with my friends. It was such a great hit that everyone wanted to know where I got it! The quality is superb and the knife set that tucks in neatly in the hidden drawer makes it convenient to keep all I need neatly in one place. Highly recommended!”
The Best Spreader Set For Wine And Cheese Nights
If you love to serve wine with your cheese, you’ve got to check out this wine-themed spreader set. Each of the four cheese spreaders has a poly-resin handle that is hand-painted to look like a different vintage wine cork. On the other end, the blades are made from stainless steel and are duller than regular cheese knives, which makes them great for spreading soft cheeses onto crackers or bread. The manufacturer recommends that this set be hand-washed to keep the handles in the best shape.
One fan raved: “These cheese spreaders are so attractive that I ordered them for Christmas presents for my closest 10 friends. They are just the right size for spreading cheese on a cracker. All my friends loved receiving them. The blade says stainless steel and the handle is imitation wine cork but much more durable as it is a hard plastic. I love them.”
The Best Set That Comes With A Knife Block
This cheese knife set comes with a convenient block, so you can keep your knives out on the counter where they’re easy to grab and organize. The wooden block uses magnets to support one knife on each of the four sides, and it measures just 3.6 inches tall, so it won’t use up much counter space. Besides the block, this set also includes a semi-heart-shaped knife, a wide rectangular knife, a narrow rectangular knife, and a double pronged fork. Each one has a stainless steel blade and an acacia wood handle, which makes them both durable and lightweight. Since the handles are made from wood, it’s best to hand wash this set.
One fan raved: “This is one amazing set! love that the utensils store against the wood block by magnets. How cool is that! Ordering more for gifts.”
The Best Tabletop Slicer
This tabletop cheese slicer not only makes cutting and serving cheese a breeze, but it also adds glam style to your table display. That’s because it’s made from 100% marble, which looks chic and stays cool to help prevent cheese from sticking. The wire is made from stainless steel that can cut through all types of cheese, and the slicer comes with two replacement wires in case the first one breaks. This slicer is hand-wash only, but the extra work is worth it to keep it looking great.
One fan raved: “I had one of these years ago and loved it. I had to get another. The marble is heavy so there’s no lifting up off the counter while using. Wire is the absolute best thing to cut cheese. Buy it, you won’t be sorry.”
Cassidy Timbrooks on ‘The Bachelor’ Isn’t the Villain You Think She Is
I knew Cassidy Timbrooks was going to be eliminated from The Bachelor the second she addressed a table full of children as “you small people.”
But it wasn’t until Clayton Echard learned she had a “friend with benefits” back home that her number came up. The Bachelor rescinded the rose he had already given her and predictably sent the 26-year-old executive assistant packing on Monday night’s episode.
In the eyes of the show, she had committed two cardinal sins: Not acting overjoyed to be around kids, and not putting her sex life on pause for a man she had never met.
That’s why her ride home from the mansion was more than just another early villain exit. The Bachelor is clearly trying to get back to basics this year — and by basics I mean American sexual politics circa 2002. The fact that Cassidy got the boot so swiftly shows how quickly the show is returning to its traditional roots. In an era of dating apps and delayed motherhood, ABC’s long-running reality dating franchise is recommitting in Clayton’s season to its core tenets: Love, marriage, and family — preferably before age 30.
In the eyes of the show, she had committed two cardinal sins: Not acting overjoyed to be around kids, and not putting her sex life on pause for a man she had never met.
Only against that backdrop would a woman like Cassidy strike anyone as an outlier. Outside of the show, she doesn’t exactly seem nefarious. Since the premiere aired, I have been following her on Instagram, where she’s been posting incredibly lucid and self-aware reflections about her time on The Bachelor, conceding in one of her Stories that she struggled to balance “confidence” with “considering other people’s takes.”
Indeed, like so many hated contestants before her, Cassidy appears to have been the victim of a selective edit and a mocking soundtrack. The unflattering edit began in earnest when she largely ignored the children at a birthday party group date to talk with the Bachelor instead. At one point, seated around a table sipping tea, she told a group of kids, “I spend as little time around you small people as possible, so forgive me…” and then immediately went on the back foot as they latched onto the comment.
I don’t blame the kids for taking offense. But any adult viewer who paid attention to her tone should have recognized the droll delivery. Was it an inartful thing to say? Sure. Children aren’t the right audience for wry humor, especially if you’re joking about avoiding them. But Cassidy didn’t deserve to be demonized as a kid hater, either.
“I knew I was giving villain, but I thought I was far more amusing and harmless,” she wrote in one of her post-show Instagram Stories, “and I think a lot of the hate is based in misogyny internalized and otherwise.”
She’s not wrong. Cassidy was punished, both in the edit and by a segment of the audience, for not going googly-eyed at the notion of spending an afternoon building a dollhouse. She certainly didn’t echo the enthusiasm of a fellow contestant who saw the kids from afar and exclaimed, “Oh my God! I’m so excited! I love children!” while running toward them.
The Bachelor is retreating to an extremely white, hyper-hetero comfort zone in which babies are the ultimate goal.
To be fair, that attitude is more in line with Clayton’s. In the first five minutes of the current season, the new Bachelor was twice moved to tears by the thought of raising a family. He introduced himself in the opening voiceover by saying, “I can’t wait to get married and have kids,” and later choked up while reading a letter from a child predicting that he will “have lots of kids.”
Clayton is nothing if not sincere, but there’s probably a reason the producers picked someone like him in the first place — and why they’re emphasizing childrearing so much this early. After years of controversy over racism in the franchise, culminating in the departure of ex-host Chris Harrison — and after more recent flirtations with progressive casting including the first same-sex engagement, a (gasp!) 39-year-old Bachelorette, and several leads of color — The Bachelor is retreating to an extremely white, hyper-hetero comfort zone in which babies are the ultimate goal.
I used to wonder whether the horror novel I wrote satirizing Bachelor-style shows would be outdated by the time it comes out later this year, but if anything, this season has felt ripped out of time in the worst way.
Cassidy’s storyline especially has highlighted double standards that should be long dead by now. Clayton himself recently addressed viral TikToks about his dating history by saying that he “enjoyed [his] singleness” for “the last six years of my life.” This is the same Bachelor who confronted Cassidy on Monday night’s episode about allegedly “seeing someone up until the point that you came here,” as though she were beholden to him before then. Hookups for me but not for thee?
Presented in the weird logic of the show, you’d almost forget that Cassidy is one of 30 women Clayton dated simultaneously — and that, in season previews, the Bachelor will later admit to being “intimate” with two contestants. Somehow that behavior is more “for the right reasons” than having casual sex with someone before filming even began?
Cassidy may be off the air now, but her brief run was telling. This throwback edition of The Bachelor needed a villain, and the producers chose a confident woman with a history of casual dating who said “F*ck a dollhouse” on camera. It’s probably a bad sign when someone that refreshing doesn’t make it to the second rose ceremony.
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Everything You Need to Know About the UK Government’s COVID Inquiry
On May 12, 2021, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced an independent public inquiry into the government’s response to and handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Established under the Inquiries Act 2005, the COVID Inquiry will examine the government’s “actions as rigorously and candidly as possible,” according to the Prime Minister, and will aim to “learn every lesson for the future.” It will do so by summoning the production of documents and witnesses to give evidence under oath in order to examine the government’s response to the pandemic.
Rt Hon Baroness Heather Hallett DBE will act as Chair of the inquiry, which is set to begin “sometime in spring 2022”. In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about the COVID Inquiry and what we can expect from the process.
How Will The COVID Inquiry Work?
According to BBC News, the Chair of the Inquiry can call whoever they want to give evidence, “whether they are witnesses to an event or people with particular expertise.” As barristers’ chambers Doughty Street Chambers notes, witnesses to an event will be asked to give evidence of their experience or direct knowledge of what took place. They speak on behalf of an organisation, like the NHS or the police.
Evidence sessions will be given in public and under oath, per BBC News, and most sessions will be available to watch on TV and online. There’s no time limit to the inquiry either, and they can often take years due to the “huge amount of evidence that needs to be read.”
What Will Be Included In The COVID Inquiry?
The exact aims, issues, and remits included won’t be announced until closer to the start of the inquiry, but the Prime Minister has said his government would work closely with the devolved administrations and governments in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland before setting out what exactly will be included in the inquiry itself.
Shortly after announcing that an inquiry would take place, the Prime Minister told MPs that the inquiry would consider his government’s handling of the pandemic before the first lockdown in March 2020, per The Guardian. As for other issues, law firm BDB Pitmans suggests that the higher death rate in general, especially among ethnic minority groups, will be a major point of contention, as well as the government’s “procurement processes” of contracts awarded during the pandemic.
What Issues Have Been Raised Around The COVID Inquiry?
Following the publication of a report by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), it’s vital that the voices of undocumented migrants are properly heard during the COVID inquiry. The report found that the UK “lagged far behind other European countries” in protecting undocumented migrants during the pandemic.
Caitlin Boswell, author of the report and policy officer at JCWI, said in a statement that if the government “wants to learn lessons” from this inquiry and “fully recover from the pandemic”, it needs to “stop prioritising its anti-immigration agenda above saving lives.” An anti-immigration agenda which is more commonly known as the Hostile Environment.
The term “Hostile Environment” is used by many to describe a set of policies that are intended to block undocumented migrants from using public services like the NHS and the police, as well as making work and housing inaccessible; effectively making life as difficult as possible.
Boswell added that the government “must listen to migrants’ voices, including those who’ve lost status, and ensure that in the future, no-one has their life put at risk because of their immigration status.” Boswell concluded that in “doing so will not only protect the most marginalised, it will help protect all of us.”
People With Disabilities
Sense, a charity which focuses on complex disabilities, has also called for the government to take the experiences of disabled people and their families into account. As the charity notes, 6 out of 10 people in the UK who have died from COID are disabled, despite making up 22 per cent of the general population.
“Decision-makers did not engage with us, our needs were often overlooked and communications were largely inaccessible,” Fazilet Hadi, Head of Policy for Disability Rights UK, explained. “Health bodies treated our lives as less valued, disabled people receiving social care were inadequately protected, some disabled children were denied education and support, and supermarkets failed to ensure that we could access food.”
There is yet to be a date announced or confirmed for the COVID Inquiry.
Original Source: bustle.com
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