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First Cheese Smoke w/ A-Maze-N Q-Mats!

post #1 of 4
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Temps today were not optimal for cold smoking, but I have friends coming in 2 weeks, and they requested smoked cheese.

Soooooo, I sliced up 5 lbs. of sharp cheddar into chunks, and included a pound of soft goat cheese just for the heck of it.

Used a Q-Mat I bought from Todd, and slid into the fridge smoker with about 10 lbs of ice inside.

Since temps are in the 70's today, I thought it best to speed up the smoke as much as possible. Lit up my AMNPS on both sides with a 50/50 mix of apple and peach pellets, and kept my smoker inside the garage, out of the sun with the garage door wide open.

Pulled them out after 3-1/2 hours. My probe was reading 92°, but it didn't feel that hot in there to me. I'll have to calibrate it again.

 

Anyway, here are a couple before shots:

 

 

And a couple after shots:

 

 

 

As you can see, there was no melting at all. The goat cheese held up remarkably well on the Q-Mat. Not so well when I went to insert it into a vacuum sealer bag. Oh well, it's still mostly intact.

 

So the verdict--Todd's Q-Mats are great! I'm sure this would not have worked out half this well without it. Thanks Todd, you've come thru again with another great product!

post #2 of 4

Cheese looks great and the Q mats are awesome.

 

I need to order some for my uds.

post #3 of 4

Looks good next week temps are suppose to be coming down fall is here,   smoke on :)

post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 

Yep, as soon as it gets cooler, I  have a boneless pork leg that I will brine and smoke as a ham. :beercheer:

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