Slicing Havarti

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by inkjunkie, Dec 19, 2015.

  1. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Wife picked up a block of it....handed it to me telling me to smoke it. Lit the AMNPS and dropped it into the bottom of the Egg. Prior to me taking it outside Ernie did try to slice it. Seems like it just wanted to crumble. Any trick to slicing it? Ernestina really likes munching on this stuff. But she mentioned she would like to slice some for burgers....
     
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Chill it good first. Overnight in the refer should do it. If it still crumbles, cut in chunks for snacking and Grate it for burgers...JJ
     
  3. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Ernestina tried slicing it right out of the fridge....
     
  4. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Maybe it was just a crappy piece of cheese. It happens sometimes.
     
  5. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    When I buy the cheap cheddar vs the expensive higher quality cheddar I have this happen to me. I figured out that the cheaper stuff has a higher oil content and this causes it to crumble more. Not sure if it's the same for Harvarti or not but there you go.,
     
  6. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

     The lack of moisture is what causes cheddar or other cheeses to crumble.   You will normally find this in aged cheeses or cheese that has been previously frozen as freezing will drastically remove moisture.   Unlike a young cheddar, an 12-year-old would definitely be crumbly. Of course the manufacturing process will determine the moisture content also.

    You can clearly see the water streaks in the 4 year old cheddar in the following thread.  When slicing, it was on the verge of crumbling.   http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/183646/2015-christmas-gift-cheese-aged-smoked-waxed

      To get the most flavor and aroma, always slice cheese at room temperature just prior to service.   Heating your knife under hot water will aid in slicing also, go slow.

    Nothing wrong with melting crumbled cheese on top of that burger.

    Enjoy,

    T
     

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