When it comes to putting together their own charcuterie boards, consumers are always clamoring for insider tips. Edwards Virginia Smokehouse, a family-owned ham, bacon, and sausage purveyor, has just the solution for retailers looking to help educate shoppers. Sam Edwards III, third-generation Cure Master and resident cured meat expert, laid out some easy tricks to make charcuterie boards perfect every single time.
First up, the company’s Edwards Surryano is an excellent addition, given that its flavor profile offers a delicious umami nuttiness. Next, a classic salami adds an additional element of spice while providing an alternate texture to the Surryano. Then, the board should include two to three cheeses. These cheese are subject to the preference of the creator, but Edwards does suggest including ones with varying textures and tasting notes, such as fresh mozzarella, gruyere, Cheddar, and Parmigiano Reggiano.
Next, Edwards explains that adding fruit like melon or strawberries adds a delightful fresh element and balances the spicy and salty flavors with a bit of sweet. Pickled vegetables also bring a bright punch of flavor to the board. Last, crackers and bread are necessary to tie the whole board together.
And there you have it! When designing your deli cases or providing cross-merchandising options in store, think of Edwards Viriginia Smokehouse’s charcuterie guidelines, and you’ll be set.
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