I understand cheese needs seasoned for 1-3 weeks to properly infuse the flavors. I am curious if vacuum sealing would be an acceptable method for long term storage or if once the seal is broken, your shelf life will suffer? I would like to do some cheese for family members and would like to store it for a while. I understand some used the wax method but that is kind of messy IMO and I already have a vacuum sealer.
vacuum sealer for seasoning smoked cheese?
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I guess the big question now is if this cheese I did has a problem or just needs to season. I know now that 1-2 weeks is needed but I am still surprised how bitter and off the flavor is right now. I guess I have doubts that 1-2 weeks will really do it.
It could be you did give it too heavy a smoke.
I found your post about cheese, but you didn't say much about the smoke or the length of time, and no pics.
Was there dark stuff on the outside that could be wiped off by hand?
Was it smudgy on the outside?
my first try at cheese the cheese was pretty bitter and strong right after smoking. let it sit a few days and it was MUCH better. it got better the longer it sat. it has been 5 weeks and I just had some of the last package today. when I think back to how bitter it was to start I am pretty amazed! it will happen faster than you think.
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I read somewhere here and now cant find it, but as we hang out around the smoker before, during, and after a smoke...we get pretty accustomed to the "taste" in the air, and when we grab a bite of something right after smoking it...that can change our taste buds. I found this to be true as after a smoke, I can't resist...but consciously went a while without the temptation. What I found was that by as early as 1/2 a day later - the taste was better, especially with cheese. Then waiting a week or longer it got even better.
I also vac seal. Not alot...so I went to Sears and bought the Kenmore version (which is their labeled version of the main brand), which was $60 less than the name brand and the EXACT same unit. I used that extra $60 to get tons of bags!
After waiting about 5 days not, the cheese certainly is coming around. The problem that I have noticed though is the cheese is very crumbly now. Does not really taste dry, but sure looks it. Is there a way to avoid this or fix it?
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I unfortunately do no have a vacuum sealer but I wrapped them tightly in saran wrap and then into a zip-lock freezer bag and got all the air out of there. I know that they wont last as long stored that way vs the vacuum sealers, but hey, gotta make do with what you have. 3 more days and I am at the 2 week mark. Cant wait to taste this cheese!
I do have one question...I have noticed the cheese becoming darker in color...is that normal? The smoke color after they came out of the MES was pretty light and now after its been sitting in the fridge for almost 2 weeks, it is significantly darker. Just curious to see if you guys experience the same thing or if not vacuum sealing them is causing that.