New Cheeser!!!

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by mcarp71, May 11, 2015.

  1. mcarp71

    mcarp71 Newbie

    Very new to smokin', first time doing cheese. I got anxious and didn't research as much as I should. I had the heat at around 130 deg. and did not release enough heat. At about an hour, the cheese was punching through the grates. Needless to say, I pulled it. I had only let it set for around an hour before I packaged it. Afterwards is when I read here, that it should have set overnight. In turn, I have 2 questions for the cheese guru's. I did sharp cheddar, and a hunk of gouda. It was still extremely tasty!!

    1. Will it be ok, being packaged that early?

    2. Is it ok to freeze the cheese after packaging?

    Thanks very much!


  2. It should be OK but it may mold sooner. The reason to wait is for it to dry. If you freeze it it will crumble so that is not a good idea. In the future you need to smoke cheese below 80°. That is why most people smoke cheese when it is cold outside. What smoker are you using and what are you using to make smoke. Look into a AMNPS or a AMNTS.

    Happy smoken.

  3. mcarp71

    mcarp71 Newbie


    Thanks for the info, very much appreciated. I was using an MES Sportsman. Which is now is dedicated to meat.

    I just procured a Smokey Mountain propane smoker from a neighbor that he was using as a grinder stand. After some research,

    my wife ordered me the 8" Smoke Daddy so I could turn that one into a dedicated cold smoker. I used Hickory on this batch, but I will be trying different woods.
  4. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

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