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Make a Charcuterie Board!

Did you know that charcuterie boards are as easy to make as they are delicious? All you have to do is follow one simple rule!

When assembling charcuterie, it's suggested that you follow the 3-3-3-3 rule to create enough options and balance the flavor profile. That means choosing three meats, cheeses, starches, and accompaniments. Basically, the general rule when making charcuterie is that there are no rules.

Even with the 3-3-3-3 rule, there are so many options and combinations, there are plenty of ways to experiment, which can be very freeing but overwhelming. That's why we will break down this rule and give you recommendations that we sell right here at your Co-op. 

Let's break it down.

Three Meats: As the name suggests, there are three different kinds of meat. We recommend including classic meats like Genoa salami and prosciutto from Niman Farm paired with some local Grotto Meats Old Fashion cocktail-inspired sausage.

Three Cheeses: Good news: We thankfully live in a time when so many different kinds of cheese are available. Bad news: You can't fit them all on one board. We say keep it simple and go with soft, semi-firm, and firm cheese.

For soft cheese, we highly recommend the local Amaltheia's soft goat cheese spread; for semi-firm cheese, a classic mozzarella, and for firm cheese, you can't go wrong with Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar cheese, or if you're feeling fancy, go with Georgian Double Gloucester Cheese.

If you want a vegan option, we highly recommend Nuts for Cheese Black garlic. This cashew-based cheese is easily spreadable and so delicious that everyone can enjoy it!

Three Starches: This means any bread or crackers. Try one of our staff favorites, like Yiayia and Friends toasted rusks or Firehook Garlic thyme baked crackers. You can also cut Co-op's fresh baguettes into small slices to make them perfect for larger spreads!

Three Accompaniments: These accompaniments are more flexible. You can use fruit, nuts, veggies, jams, and olives! These can really create unique combinations from your board. Put some of Divina's Fig Spread with a bit of Amaltheia's goat cheese on Yiayia and Friends rusk for a sweet and savory treat (also a great combination on our Co-op sourdough bread).

However you build your charcuterie board, from more sweet to more savory, know that your local Co-op has everything you need to make it perfect for you! 

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