It's here. The best valentine's fix for a cheesehead- the cheese heart. I created this last year, and it was a major hit. I think it's good to get away from the cookie-cutter gifting every now and then. I'm no Troy Landwehr, cheese carver, so this isn't entirely anatomically correct; but you get the gist. This project is very fun and effective, takes less than an hour, and around $20 to complete. Anyone can pull this off, so get out there this v-day and surprise somebody with your cheese heart! Then watch them shred it over nachos :)
Don't forget to share some pictures. Let's get everything together...
Step 1: Everything your little heart requires
Be a hunter gatherer and acquire these things:
A good size block of cheese, I used a 1 Lb block of cheddar. I'm sure you could use other cheeses as long as they are not too soft, or too hard and crumbly.
String Cheese, I used a total of four.
Wire loop carver, refer to the photo to see how I just made one
1 bottle of red food coloring
A bit of vegetable oil (not pictured)
Step 2: Rough cuts
This is where your knife and oil come into play.. Carefully dab some oil on your blade, this allows for a cleaner cut and less cheese debris hanging on. Cut your block down to this shield shape and bevel the edges a bit. After I took the picture, I actually sliced a bit more from the bottom edge, check it out below. Don't worry if things aren't looking spot on, this is just the rough shape. Also some good news, look at all the extra cheese you have piled up.
Step 3: Atriums, Ventricles, and You
I was happy with this general shape. Pull out your wire loop and start rounding everything up. I used the wire loop for everything here on out. Keep the wire loop nice and round while removing larger strips. I was able to bend my loop to a triangle to carve out thinner strips in grooves. Any cheese bits built up on the surface are easily wiped off with oil.