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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Can you smoke a hard cheese like parmesan?

post #2 of 13

Check out this link. I make some of my own cheeses and buy my supplies from this place. I like the pics of the cold smoking setups.

 

 http://cheesemakinghelp.blogspot.com/2010/05/smoking-your-cheese.html

post #3 of 13
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Thanks Squirrel!

post #4 of 13

Yes you can smoke parmesan, I've done a few chunks and it was awesome.

post #5 of 13

Now smoked Parm sounds great to me. I bet it can be good too.

post #6 of 13

You can pretty much smoke any cheese.

post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 

Does it hold up to temps better than cheddar?  It's so blinking hot here that cheddar/mozarella would melt just sitting in a cold smoker.

post #8 of 13

It will sweat, but it does hold up better than mozz. Gosh, any cheese holds up better than mozz, I can look at wrong and it melts.

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Originally Posted by Squirrel View Post

It will sweat, but it does hold up better than mozz. Gosh, any cheese holds up better than mozz, I can look at wrong and it melts.


Squirrel, I'm sure if you looked at me, I would melt as well!

post #10 of 13

Awww, that is so sweet! AK1!

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
I just pulled a wedge of parmesan smoked with cherry using my new a-maze-n smoker. Delicious!!! I'll let it rest for a week or so (I have to go out of town or it wouldn't last!) :)
post #12 of 13

Dont forget the pics - I am gatherin a group of cheeses for a smoke in the next couple of weeks

Parmesan

Fresh Mozarella

Pepper Jack

Mozarella

Monterey Jack

Cheddar

are on the list so far -

If I can find some affordable reggiano will add that too

post #13 of 13

I've got cheese blocks in the frig waiting for the temperatures to go down here.  We've had two weeks of 95-100 F outside during the day, and hardly lower than 80F at night.

 

I have a variety of sawdust to use in my A-Maze-N smoker, and will have to restrain myself from putting all the cheese on at once so that I can test them each out.  Got Oak wine barrel, oak whiskey barrel, peach, hickory and maple.    Can't wait, but I think that these temps are too high -- even with ice blocks.

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