Charcuterie boards are the latest entertaining trend for displaying food-from large parties to intimate gatherings. While technically charcuterie boards are a selection of meats surrounded by foods that complement those meats, including fruits, nuts, crackers, and dips (as opposed to cheese boards, which are an assortment of cheeses surrounded by complimentary foods), the term is now used more broadly to cover all manner of food displays. An artful arrangement of the elements of the board creates a beautiful presentation.
If you follow my blog, you know that I am a huge fan of live edge wood. So when I came across some live edge lumber, I immediately decided that they would make beautiful charcuterie boards. Most charcuterie boards you see on Pinterest and Instagram are overflowing with food—obscuring the actual board completely. But why shouldn’t the board itself be just as beautiful?
By removing the bark and leaving the live edge exposed, I kept all that gorgeous texture and interest of the wood. I planed the pieces flat and filled any holes with food-safe epoxy. Next, I sanded the boards smooth and applied a food-safe beeswax and mineral oil, which helps to seal and protect the wood. Finally, I added rubber feet to the bottom to not only protect the surface the board sits on, but also to raise it enough to facilitate lifting it with ease.
These boards look gorgeous on their own or as a base for beautiful food presentations. They are available for purchase at The Shop at Amy’s Upcycles.
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