08/21/2014 07:00 am ET Updated Aug 21, 2014

You're Slicing Cheese All Wrong. Here's How To Cut Every Shape Of Wedge, Wheel And Chunk.

The facts are straightforward: Serve cheese plate, improve situation. No matter the occasion, cheese is bound to make it better.

Figuring out how to neatly present said cheese plate, however, is the tricky part. Sure, you can place the cheeses all nice and pretty on a board, but how does one know where to make the first cheese incision? And what about the intimidation factor that comes along with being the first person to whack into that beautiful, unperturbed wedge of brie?

Wipe the sweat off your brows, dairy queens. The folks over at Martha Stewart Living have made it simple -- thank goodness. "When preparing a cheese plate, make a few slices to get guests started (and avoid a mess later on)," they suggest. "Slice the cheese with the rind on; guests can discard it on their plates." Check out these helpful diagrams below for the best way to cut your cheeses -- from Gruyere to goat -- and rid your cheese-platter woes for good.

  • Semisoft Wedge
    Martha Stewart Living
    Cut the wedge cross-wise, then cut vertically along the rind.

    Cheeses: Tomme de Savoie, Danish fontina, Gruyère
  • Soft Pyramid
    Martha Stewart Living
    Slice the cheese into wedges from the top center.

    Cheeses: Goat cheeses
  • Soft Wedge
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    Section the cheese into long, narrow wedges from the point outward

    Cheeses: Brie, triple-cream cheese
  • Log
    Martha Stewart Living
    Slice across the log into coins.

    Cheeses: Goat cheese, fresh or aged
  • Soft Wheel
    Martha Stewart Living
    Cut it into even wedges, from the center outward.

    Cheeses: Camembert, aged goat cheeses
  • Veined Wedge
    Martha Stewart Living
    Slice it into points from the bottom center of the thin edge.

    Cheeses: Blue cheeses, fresh goat cheeses
  • This article appears in the September 2014 issue of Martha Stewart Living, on newsstands now.

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