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How to cut feta cheese in cubes

Hi,
I am trying to prepare watermelon, olives and feta cheese skewers but I cannot get the feta cheese to hold.
The only few times I managed to cut good cubes of feta, they completely crumble when trying to put them on the skewer.
I thought about buying the already cubed feta, but I am wondering if they would hold when assembled.
I would really appreciate any tips and or brands of feta that could work for this.
Thanks a lot!
Laura

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  1. Feta is one of those cheeses that is going to crumble even if you buy the cubes, it will still crumble on a skewer.

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    1. re: Cherylptw

      I agree with you, but there are so many recipes for this type of salad that I am thinking there should be a way to do it :-(
      https://www.google.com/search?q=water...

      1. re: chiarlau

        I'm thinking the only way (and I might be wrong so don't hold me to this) is to purchase bulk feta through a food supplier; it usually come in a 5 - 10 pound bucket in large blocks submerged in salted water. You can cut these into whatever size you want and it seems this type of feta is packed more solidly so it holds it's shape better when cut. Athenos is the brand of Greek feta I've worked with from food service delivery company.

        If you can find a cheese shop, you may be able to get a smaller quantity of a good quality cheese that can be cut without crumbling.

    2. Stuff the olives with the feta and then skewer them.

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      1. re: weezieduzzit

        This is a great tip! I will need to find big olives though.

        1. I create a V cut in the watermelon chunk and then slip the feta cube inside and then skewer them. The watermelon holds up and "protects" the feta cube from splitting.

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          1. re: HillJ

            Now that's thinking outside the box

          2. Use ricotta salata instead. Somewhat similar to Feta, but holds together much better when cubed.

            1. You also might consider substituting halloumi for the feta...it's not quite feta, but to me, is quite tasty raw.

              An easy solution is to just toss the watermelon feta and olives in a salad, never minding the skewers.

              Or you can put little cubes of olive, watermelon and feta in endive leaves.

              1. There are some different types of feta that are less crumbly - The "Bulgarian" feta I would get at the corner store in Queens was much creamier than your typical feta and may cube better - if you have access to a middle eastern or eastern European market they may have several types and you can ask which one would work best for this recipe. There are some that just crumble and some that practically spread.

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                1. re: JTPhilly

                  Yup. I bought several fetas at a Middle Eastern market last summer when it was cheese of the month and some of them were quite firm. In fact, I used some in a salad and was annoyed that it wasn't crumbly enough!

                2. Last time we bought feta from Costco, I remember thinking that it was very soft and not crumbly. Sorry, don't recall the brand but naturally it is sold in giant pieces. It was also very tasty!

                  1. Costco carries President brand feta. It's ok but Feta is probably the 2nd easiest cheese to make.

                    1. If you can find it Bulgarian feta (Sirene) is less crumbly then Greek feta, and more dense. Rose's Market in Mtn. View was several fresh feta's including the Sirene.

                      1. Another way to go is a Rubik's cube like the one pictured here: (scroll)

                        http://www.techblogstop.com/40-plus-i...

                        served with a small bowl of toothpicks

                        1. Easiest way to slice it is keep it chilled and ensure that the feta is in square slices not cubes... The thicker they are the more likely they will crumble. Also simplify your skewer to have one or two items or use toothpicks. Here's some skewers I just made with watermelon, feta, mint, and a balsamic/olive oil/honey drizzle. :)