Why did I not think to make our own cheeze boards before? Or as in the picture above, a chocolate and berry board? It’s not at all difficult to make a rustic cheeze board like the one here.
I might have mentioned in a previous post that we’ve started doing Pop Up Dining from our house. Read about that here. Our dining table is really narrow and I need long slim platters to slide down the centre with cheezes, biscuits, fruit or chocolates at the end of a meal. Can I find them? Hell no.
Not sure what got me thinking about this, but I woke up determined to find wooden planks to make a cheeze platter. Then my other half tells me he has a stash of them. All they need is a bit of sandpapering and some wood oil. Problem solved.
I’m fortunate as my other half is not just handy in the kitchen but around the house as well. He loves to make things and usually does a fabulous job.
If you’re not as fortunate, all you need do is pop into your local DIY centre or hardware shop. Look for a wooden plank in a fairly hard wood. Ask them to cut it it into the right lengths for you. You might have to buy a whole length of plank but then you can make an extra one or two cheeze boards to use as home-made house gifts. Make sure to purchase some sandpaper and wood oil, or whatever finish you wish to use, and a brush before you leave the DIY Centre.
My better half used a mechanical sanding machine which I will admit is much easier. You could ask someone to do this for you. Or sand it by hand. It’s only the ends that will be rough. And they don’t need to be perfect. Rustic is fine with these cheeze boards.
We chose to oil the cheeze boards but there are a number of finishes you could try. Clear varnish, a wood stain, a coloured stain or a neutral or coloured paint.
We decided to oil all our chopping boards at the same time. Amazing how the colour of the wood pops up.
You could also add a vintage cupboard handle at each end to to make them easier to pick up.
Our new cheeze boards are doing double duty. I also use them as a mini chopping board for something like a tomato or an onion when I don’t feel like using a normal sized board. Also adds a few scratches and gives character.
Have a fabulous green week.