Wilderness Charcuterie Plate
Share an adventure, share a meal with Wilderness Charcuterie Boards. Charcuterie (shahr-cute-uh-ree), French for smoked, dry-cured or cooked meats, is a perfect vessel for classing up an outdoor dining experience without having to cook.
How to Assemble a meat and cheese plate
The best foods to use for wilderness charcuterie plates have long shelf-lives and maintain freshness without refrigeration. A great meat a cheese plate has a variety of flavors and ingredients, here’s what you need to assemble an outdoor charcuterie plate:
- A sturdy board or clean surface
- Wilderness knife
- Assortment of meats and cheeses
- Crackers, bread or chips
- Nuts and fish
- Dehydrated fruit
The board is the vessel which holds all ingredients together. Make sure this surface is clean and sanitized before building a spread. Look for natural features such as logs and rocks. Or use ultralight cutting boards or the back pad in backpacks to cut and present a varietal of wilderness friendly ingredients.
Use your trusty knife to slice ingredients into small pieces. The best portions are bite size, and stackable.
Assortment of meats and cheeses
Meats and cheeses with long shelf life are the best ingredients to bring into the wilderness. Foods like cured meats and hard cheeses stay fresh for many days without refrigeration. Meats and cheese provide key trail nutrition with protein, fats and calcium. These are some of our favorites:
- Romano, parmesan, asiago cheese
- Manchego cheese
- Cooked bacon
- Summer Sausage
- Wax-covered edam cheese
- Cheddar cheese
Crackers, bread and chips
Crackers are a type of biscuit invented to last longer than traditional sailor’s biscuits without spoiling. They have a long shelf life, making crackers the perfect vessel for spending time in the wilderness. Crackers pair perfectly with charcuterie ingredients and provide a lovely crunch to each bite. Looking for variety? Flat breads, pita, pretzels, or chips pair well with meats, cheese an pickled vegetables.
Nuts and fish
Add trail mix, smoked fish, canned fish or foraged nuts for healthy ingredients that bring fun variety to your charcuterie board.
Purchase or dehydrate favorite and seasonal fruits. Trail staples such as cranberries, apples, apricots, cherries, even goji berries, pair well with meats and cheese and enhance flavors.
Use a Ziplock bag to pickle your favorite vegetables. Pickling is a simple way to preserve vegetables.
Spreads bring big flavors to your plates. Try honey or sweet chili sauce in single serving condiment pouches. Or make some trail friendly dehydrated hummus.
Looking for additional items to add to your appetizer? Pick local berries and edible plants for fresh vibrant flavors. Be careful, do not forage unless you are undoubtedly confident that you know what you are picking!