UPDATE Tuesday Oct 15th. Two new pics added below.
So the stock pile of cheese I smoked last winter has finally dwindled to nothing. I know that may seem sad at first, however the local weather and supermarket cheese prices have conspired to help me at just the right time. For the past weeks I have been buying up cheese as it goes on sale around town. (Kroger was the latest to have a sale so if you got one near you, check it out b/c the sale ends this Sunday.) The humidity has finally broke too, giving us awesome crisp autumn days.
I'm also happy because I get to try out some new peach pellets. My last batch of cheese was smoked with oak pellets and I hit it pretty hard too. (The cheese was good but as you probably guessed had quite a bite to it!) So I was excited for this round b/c I have heard rave reviews about using peach for cheese.
Got some Hoffmans Super Sharp Cheddar (my fav), Wisconsin Pinconning, Kroger Moz, and Kroger Pepper Jack.
Cut up in about 1 or 1.5lb portions. I like to take cheese to a party as an appetizer. These butter-stick sized portions help keep me from being too generous.
Smoke is rolling! The peach smoke is much lighter than the oak and sweeter smelling than anything I have used before. When I was done I had about an inch of pellets left in my AMNPS but I just let it keep burning b/c it was making my back yard smell so good.
The mozz took the smoke real well and had a nice caramel color.
Mmmm. Might shred this later for a home made pizza!
Ok, it's now Tuesday night. The Detroit Tigers just blew it again against Boston, so I guess there is nothing else to do but vac pac the cheese I did (above) last Friday.
Big thanks to Case (Dirtsailor2003) for recommending that it rest for a few days in the fridge before vac packing. I can really tell the difference from other batches I've done in the past that weren't rested.
Locked and loaded. This amount will probably carry me through the holidays...maybe super bowl.
LOL See Case! I told you I had a separate fridge just for beer and smoked goodies! (If you look closely, you can see the cheese in the middle drawer!)
Thanks again for looking.
Edited by Humdinger - 10/15/13 at 6:28pm