Charcuterie (shahr-cute-uh-ree) Board

Adair Hoover, HGIC/Food2Market, Clemson Extension, Clemson University

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A Charcuterie board is an assortment of foods that when carefully paired and styled up on a serving board make a beautiful and delicious appetizer. Charcuterie boards have been on the menus of high-end restaurants for ages but have become very hipster in the last few years.

A Charcuterie board with an assortment of foods carefully paired and styled up.
A Charcuterie board with an assortment of foods carefully paired and styled up.
Adair Hoover, ©2018, Clemson Extension

If this is something that you would like to prepare at home you can find plenty of recommendations for building your own charcuterie board using commercially produced foods. Or, for the overachievers out there - how about preserving some of the items at home? With reliable research-based resources you can safely preserve a variety of foods at home, that when paired together, make up a proper charcuterie board.

Here is what you need:
A food grade serving platter (wood is perfect) and a variety of the following:
Pickled foods
Fermented foods
Jams and Jellies
Cured meats
Fresh herbs
Crackers or bread

And here is how you do it! Make sure to plan in advance because some of the foods need substantial time to prepare.

Pickled Foods, HGIC 3400

Jam and Jelly Recipes, HGIC 3200

Fermented Foods, Dill Pickles and Sauerkraut, HGIC 3380

How to Cure and Smoke, National Center for Home Food Preservation

Home Cheese Making: Mozzarella, HTP1217

Herbs, HGIC 1311

Basic Nut Bread, Oregon State Cooperative Extension

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