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The Smallest Fire I have Ever Made.

post #1 of 7
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I have never smoked cheese, but this last weekend I had some free time and decided that I might give it a go. I bought something cheap to experiment with, and I happen to like smoked mozzarella anyway. I don’t have a smoke generator (I plan to build one…stay tuned for that) so I will be using the 2 to three briquette system and see how this goes.

Here is the victim…

I put this on a small rack to put in my smoker. I did this so the cheese wouldn’t be sitting on a greasy smoker rack.

It was about 35° degrees outside, and the smoker had set outside overnight, so it was cold too.

To make sure that the insulated cabinet didn’t hold heat, I filled the water pan with snow.

This is the smallest fire I have ever built…three briquettes and a small piece of cherry wood. I alternated small pieces of apple and cherry for the duration of the smoke. I had to refresh the briquettes several times.

Make no mistake…this small fire produced a good deal of smoke. I was impressed.

Here is the Mozz sitting in some thin blue…

This is the final smoked cheese…

I put the cheese in a food saver bag and vacuum sealed it for a week…This will let the cheese mellow and “absorb” the smoke throughout. I just cut some off and tried it…IT IS FANTASIC! I can’t believe that I have paid top dollar for smoked cheese when it is this easy to make at home. If you haven’t tried to smoke your own, I strongly suggest that you give it a go.
post #2 of 7
Nicely done! Panning up some snow sounds like a great idea to keep the temps right.
post #3 of 7
Now that you have this figured out try the mozarella packed in water. You dont have to wait a week to taste and what a fantastic taste. Just leave it out for a couple of hours to get a skin on the outside. You will love it
post #4 of 7
Looks great dana....That size fire is how i smoke my peppers....When i started doing it years ago it really gave me appreciation of how little smoke it takes to get flavor etc....

Gotta give you somepoints.giffor the snow....PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #5 of 7
No truer words have ever been spoken PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #6 of 7
When I saw this thread I thought you were using the "Iron Maiden" for the smoke. PDT_Armataz_01_05.gif

Nice work. PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #7 of 7
Great idea on the snow! Maybe I can smoke in the summer after all on the UDS.PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
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