I've been smoking cheese now for a couple months now and just love it.
Cheese is simple and great to eat and share.
Read many of these posts to find out what cheese smoke well. I like mozzarella and sharp cheddar.
I've found that Sam's Club has good prices on 5lb blocks of cheese. They sell for $10 which is $2.50/lb. Take a look at your grocery store for smoked cheeses and you might see it for $6.99 for 8oz. That's $14/lb! I have also tried the individually packed cheese sticks, but when you smoke cheese you get that familiar leathery-type skin and sticks have so much surface area that they were almost too leathery for me. Plus it was a pain to open up 20 of those stupid little packs.
I bought a "cheese blocker" which is a wire-cutting device which makes cutting blocks of cheese into smaller blocks alot easier. You'll want one of these if you are picky about having your smaller smoked cheese blocks in uniform shape. Also its alot easier.safer than using a knife to cut cheese.
As stated in other posts, after you smoke you will need to seal the finished pieces and refrigerate or freeze them for a week before eating. Freezing smoked cheese is acceptable and honestly there is no distinguishable difference between refrigerated smoked cheese and frozen smoked cheese. Use a vacuum sealer on your finished product and it will be perfect.
I use 2 AMNPS smokers with a hickory apple pellet blend that they sell. Two devices produce double the smoke. I have a large smoker that needs alot of smoke. Yes I know I could light the AMNPS on both ends, but I like a long smoke. It's kinda fun lighting it before bed and waking up in the morning and seeing it still going...and the entire neighborhood wondering where that incredible scent is coming from so early in the morning haha.
Cheese smoking is pretty fool proof. Give it a try and share your finished product with your friends!
Edited by midtownbistro - 11/4/11 at 10:13pm