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1st serious cheese smoke - 8 lbs of chedda (all pics already inside)

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I loaded up my 22.5" top rack to capacity with 8 lbs of cheddar and thought Id share some pics with yall.

 

4 lbs Kirkland sharp cheddar, thats the fat blocks

3 lbs Tillamook sharp cheddar, long blocks

1 lb Tillamook medium cheddar, for comparison later

 

My AMNPS went out a couple times during this smoke but I believe Ive figured it out and wont have that issue next time. Smoked ~3 hrs with cherry pellets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for lookin! Open to any questions, suggestions, criticism or comments.

post #2 of 18

Looks great. Boy you do jump in with both feet don't ya? Now you just have to stay out of it for a couple of weeks or more. Tee Hee....

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Looks great. Boy you do jump in with both feet don't ya? Now you just have to stay out of it for a couple of weeks or more. Tee Hee....

 

Yes..have to watch it bc it can be a problem. I tried some cheese from my last smoke and its already gone. Not sure if its bc I used cherry pellets and its a milder smoke flavor? Had some people over and the ~1 lb I had disappeared. Everybody should smoke cheese, its amazing. Starting to look at auction sites for something like this as a dedicated cold smoker..

 

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post #4 of 18

I just saw some guys that were building big cabinet smokers had posts here a few days ago. I guess you can get those big warmer units for cheap if you know where to look. I can't recall what the subject was so finding the posts might be tough. 

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I just saw some guys that were building big cabinet smokers had posts here a few days ago. I guess you can get those big warmer units for cheap if you know where to look. I can't recall what the subject was so finding the posts might be tough. 

 

I'll do some lookin, thanks for the heads up. Sent you a pm with a non-cheese related question.

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Originally Posted by pcmyers23 View Post

Yes..have to watch it bc it can be a problem. I tried some cheese from my last smoke and its already gone. Not sure if its bc I used cherry pellets and its a milder smoke flavor? Had some people over and the ~1 lb I had disappeared. Everybody should smoke cheese, its amazing. Starting to look at auction sites for something like this as a dedicated cold smoker..

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That would make a great dry curing fridge. 🍺
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That would make a get dry curing fridge. 🍺

 

The only things I know about curing are I dont know enough and it must be precise. The ones Im lookin at arent working so Im thinkin I can get one relatively cheap. Is it a good cold smoking option?

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The only things I know about curing are I dont know enough and it must be precise. The ones Im lookin at arent working so Im thinkin I can get one relatively cheap. Is it a good cold smoking option?

It would with some mods.

You would have to make intake and exhaust vents. They would be easy to do.
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It would with some mods.

You would have to make intake and exhaust vents. They would be easy to do.

 

That sounds do-able. Glad to hear Im headed in the right direction and I'll start lookin into how to cure. Thanks!

post #10 of 18
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1 more pic. The cheese has darkened quite a bit on the countertop since comin off the smoker ~ 5 hrs ago.

 

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Somebody likes cheese besides me...
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Somebody likes cheese besides me...

Haha yes...me and everybody I know!
post #13 of 18

Good job pc,  Went to the city yesterday and somehow 15 pounds of cheese found it's way into the car. th_dunno-1[1].gif  That will go into the cooler and 15 Lbs. of the 4 year old will be rotated out and soon be in the smokers.

 

Enjoy your cheese and good luck hunting.

 

Tom

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Good job pc,  Went to the city yesterday and somehow 15 pounds of cheese found it's way into the car. th_dunno-1[1].gif  That will go into the cooler and 15 Lbs. of the 4 year old will be rotated out and soon be in the smokers.

 

Enjoy your cheese and good luck hunting.

 

Tom

 

Haha and I thought 8 lbs was a lot! Gonna need a fridge dedicated just to age smoked cheese at this rate.

 

The cheese has been awesome so far, thanks Tom.

post #15 of 18

Nice looking cheese,  That's A bunch !!

 

 

Gary

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Nice looking cheese,  That's A bunch !!

 

 

Gary

 

Thanks Gary, it took me about 30 min to vac pac it all up haha. Last pic..the collection is growing.

 

post #17 of 18

Did you cold smoke with the Lid off to reduce bitterness or is that just for the  pic?  

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Did you cold smoke with the Lid off to reduce bitterness or is that just for the  pic?  

 

That was just for the pic. Lid closed with all 4 vents (3 bottom and the 1 top) wide open. Any more questions Id be happy to answer.

 

I smoked 10 lbs of cheese last night and another 11 tonight. Heres a pic of the cheese (cheddar, white cheddar and pepper jack) on the smoker now. New Q-matz that I cut to fit right over the circular grates and even got a hole for the probe clip. Those mats are sweet.

 

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