In order to celebrate National Cheese Lovers Day, January 20, instore merchandisers should know how to style a cheese board like a pro. SideChef, the leading step-by-step cooking app, is offering insight saying a good cheese board should consist of three to five different cheeses and a variety of accompaniments to provide a variety of flavors and textures, so no bite is the same.

SideChef has broken down this preparation into two easy categories:

1. The Star: Cheese. It is crucial to choose cheeses with different textures, flavors varying from mild to strong and at least one cheese from each animal.

There are five textures of cheese: hard, semi-hard, soft, semi-soft and blue.

There are two essential types of tastes: mellow that includes citrusy, fruity and herbal tastes; and intense that includes bitter, smoky and sharp ones.

Cheese is made of three types of milk: goat, sheep and cow.

2: Sidekicks: Bread, fruit, nuts and veggies. Cheese needs sidekicks that make it shine, and that’s where accompaniments come into play.

Breads and crackers provide a base for the cheese, but stick to simple or complimentary flavors that don't overpower.

Fresh and dried fruits or fruit spreads compliment intense cheeses.

Brined vegetables such as olives or peppers provide a salty contrast.

Nuts offer a crunchy, nutty flavor.

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