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Another First Time Cheese Smoke w/qview

post #1 of 17
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Since I was doing some seasoning/test runs with the new cold/warm smoker today, it seemed like a good time to smoke some cheese. I want to wait two weeks but we will see if I have that much patience. I suspect we will get into it within a week.

Had two of my w00t $14 temp probes set up looking for cold and warm spots with.

I ran into an interesting dilemna. To get my hickory chunks smoking I had to turn up the one element I was using to 3/4 of its highest setting and then turn it back down to halfway. With the doors closed and vents open this produced roughly 100*. My solution was to prop open the doors which kept things right around the mid - upper 60's. I may try the tin can/soldering iron trick next time and forego the burners completely.

2 small blocks of mild cheddar on the left, a small block of sharp cheddar on the back right, and a small block of mozzarella on the front right.

They are now wrapped and in the fridge. biggrin.gif
post #2 of 17
Great cheese smoke.
Man it is hard to wait the full 2 weeks to try them out.
I usually make it a week on one of them and try to let the others go the full time.

Speaking of which...I'm going to go slice up some extra sharp cheddar I did 3 weeks back, it helps to have other cheeses to hold you over PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif

That's a nice smoker you have by the way, did you build it?
So many threads on here I occasionally miss some.
post #3 of 17
I really like the smoker..Thats a beauty and nice looking cheese as well..sounds delicous
post #4 of 17
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Yessir, built it last weekend.

Thanks! I am already justifying in my mind why I need to try a little bit of the cheese now. biggrin.gif
post #5 of 17
Looks really good. Just about to put my tray of cheese in the smoker. How long should I leave it in?
post #6 of 17
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I did mine for an hour but I have no experience to back that time up with.
post #7 of 17
Cheese looks Great and so does the smoker...PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #8 of 17
Just a little over an hour here. Pecan complimented w/ Cherry. While I was wrapping the blocks for the refrigerator for two weeks, my son thought they were ready to eat and cut into one of the blocks. Lots of harsh smoke! We will see...
post #9 of 17
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I woke up this morning thinking I should cut into one to see what I got but I think you have dissuaded me from doing so. biggrin.gif
post #10 of 17
So let me get this right you smoke it and then let it sit in the frig for 2 weeks before you can eat it. I'm confused why do you have to leave it for 2 weeks??
post #11 of 17
2 weeks!?!?!? :( mine never make it more than a few days.
post #12 of 17
Two weeks was the amount of time suggested on this Forum. However, I think the logic is that the cheese will develop a stronger taste of smoke over time. If so, then I'm in trouble!
post #13 of 17
LOL Your in trouble Stonebrair.
It will mellow out over time. The day you smoke it, it's strong ( I almost through my first batch away) but the longer it sits in the frig the better it will taste.
post #14 of 17
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This was my understanding as well. Still fighting the urge to get into it. biggrin.gif
post #15 of 17
Cool smoker, it looks like some lockers we used to have at the station.

I smoked some cheese yesterday for the first time I melted 1 bllock and another got really soft but I saved it. I hope it is edible by Christmas, I didn't know it had to sit for 2 weeks.
post #16 of 17
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The cheese turned out great. By the time the last football game was over yesterday there wasn't much left. So much for my patience. biggrin.gif
post #17 of 17
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I don't know that the 2 weeks number is a hard and fast rule. It was what I saw mentioned often on here so that was my plan for the first attempt. We started getting into ours on the 5th day and it was great.
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