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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hello!

 

I'm here mostly to pick your knowledgeable and beautiful brains! As a very small time smoking enthusiast (I've only ever smoked stuff on a barrel BBQ using a tin with chips in!) I'm researching taking a leap and getting a large capacity electric smoker so that I can produce and hopefully sell some stuff! Specifically smoked mushrooms, which are so so tasty and very hard to get hold of in the shops. So, I'm after any knowledge or help you guys and girls are willing to impart- I really am a total beginner. Anyway, it seems like a community I'll be pleased to be part of! See you on the forums, Charis  

post #2 of 15

Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions
Post it and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is
because their are so many different ways to make great Q...
Happy smoken.
David

post #3 of 15

Hello and welcome to the forum, Great place to learn and share and a bunch of real good people.

 

Gary S

post #4 of 15

Welcome.  I joined myself only a few weeks ago.  I have been doing exactly what you plan.  I have reached out to people and received great advice to the point where I was able to have a very successful first and second smoke.

 

 "THEMULE69" gave the best advice.  Use the search engine at the top of the page.  From there you will get questions that you can start threads about yourself.  This place is an endless supply on positive info.  Good luck.

 

So what kind of mushrooms do you like to smoke?  Smoked mushrooms sound like they would really add a new flavor to many dishes that I cook.  The one that jumps out at my is beef stew.  I think adding smoked mushrooms over fresh would really add some nice flavor.  Do they last long in the fridge or freezer after they have been smoked?

post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys!

 


Rob: I've never tried freezing them, I haven't even tried drying them yet!

 

I have read however that if you want to freeze mushrooms you're best off blanching them (boiling for a short time, then chucking in cold water to halt any enzymatic reactions),- how this would work with smoking I'm not sure, maybe you could cold smoke them then blanch them?

The impression I get is that mushrooms that have been cooked either on a low or high heat won't be suitable for freezing, but I'm not really sure!

 

It seems like drying might be the best option for smoked mushrooms. I am keen to see if its possible to impart a smoky flavour to mushrooms that have already been dried as this would make the whole process easier and cheaper, but I'd be surprised if is.

 

Otherwise you can dry in a very low over, in a dehydrator or apparently even in the sun!

 

Any and all tips you've learnt/been told that you're happy to share please get in touch via PM.

 

 

PS. Absolutely definitely try in a beef stew, I bet they would be amazing!!

Cheers!

 

Charis

post #6 of 15

Charis,

 

I have been making beef jerky for years but only in the dehydrator.  Never in the smoker.  When OI received my new smoker for fathers day I jumped on this site and have been learning as much as I can,  During the time since I received my smoker a friend pointed out that I hadn't made beef jerky in a very long time.  I thought I would try smoking some this time.

 

So to add information to our original conversation I can tell you that I smoked the jerky for about 2 1/2 hours.  It was not done so I threw it into the dehydrator as not to put to much smoke on it.  It turned out to be the best jerky I've ever made,

 

So for beef jerky smoking first then dehydrating was the way to go.  I would think the smae order for muchrooms.  Once you dehydrate do you think it will be harder to get smoke into the mushrooms?  I think If I decide to try mushrooms I will make plans to use them rigth away or give them out to friends.

post #7 of 15

Hello Charis and Welcome to our addiction.  Many good folk here with a load of experience that they are more than willing to share.  If you have specific questions just start a thread and someone with experience will be along soon to offer advice.  All info you can provide us with such as smoker type, location and so on will help us answer any questions you may have, and pictures help a bunch.  Spend some time doing some research on the forums, tons of advice and recipes already available there.  Check out Jeff’s 5 day smoking E-Course ( link below ) that will help you get started.  We look forward to your contributions.  Have fun.  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!

Danny

 

http://www.smoking-meat.com/smoking-basics-ecourse

post #8 of 15

Hi Charis

 

Welcome to the growing band of Brits chatting on here. Ask away - no question is too basic and you will always get good advice. The same goes the other way too. If you have something that you would like to share we would love to hear about it and see photos.

 

Cheers

 

Wade

post #9 of 15
Hey Charis

Welcome to the Smoking forum. You’ll find great , friendly people here, all more than willing to answer any question you may have. Just ask and you’ll get about 10 different answers—all right. LOL. Don’t forget to post qviews.

Gary
post #10 of 15

Welcome aboard Charis!

 

Lots of experienced and friendly folks here for any help you might need.

 

Also, you might enjoy joining the forum's UK Smokers Group?

 

Good luck and good smoking.

post #11 of 15

Charis,

 

I have been making beef jerky for years but only in the dehydrator.  Never in the smoker.  When OI received my new smoker for fathers day I jumped on this site and have been learning as much as I can,  During the time since I received my smoker a friend pointed out that I hadn't made beef jerky in a very long time.  I thought I would try smoking some this time.

 

So to add information to our original conversation I can tell you that I smoked the jerky for about 2 1/2 hours.  It was not done so I threw it into the dehydrator as not to put to much smoke on it.  It turned out to be the best jerky I've ever made,

 

So for beef jerky smoking first then dehydrating was the way to go.  I would think the smae order for muchrooms.  Once you dehydrate do you think it will be harder to get smoke into the mushrooms?  I think If I decide to try mushrooms I will make plans to use them rigth away or give them out to friends.

post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks all! By far the friendliest forum I've ever come across!

 

To the UK folks: I've joined the group and will soon introduce myself... looks like I missed a good weekend meet recently!

 

Rob can I ask do you cold smoke jerky before dehydrating? Cheers again!

 

Charis :)

post #13 of 15

Hello Charis.  I haven't done jerky but from my reading seems folks do cold smoke the jerky for a couple hours before putting in the dehydrator.  Hope this helps.  Keep Smokin!

Danny

post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by Charisk View Post
 

Thanks all! By far the friendliest forum I've ever come across!

 

To the UK folks: I've joined the group and will soon introduce myself... looks like I missed a good weekend meet recently!

 

Rob can I ask do you cold smoke jerky before dehydrating? Cheers again!

 

Charis :)


Hi Charisk,

 

I have not tried cold smoking yet.  I hot smoked the jerky about 225F - 250F. I smoked about 2 1/2 hours then finished on the dehydrator.  The meat was still very raw. it came out pretty good.  all of my friends loved the added smoke flavor.

post #15 of 15
Hey Charis

Welcome to the Smoking forum. You’ll find great , friendly people here, all more than willing to answer any question you may have. Just ask and you’ll get about 10 different answers—all right. LOL. Don’t forget to post qviews.

Gary
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