Two Batches of Cheese*UPDATED 3rd BATCH*

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by tlcase, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. tlcase

    tlcase Smoke Blower

    On the day after Thanksgiving, I let the MES cool down after doing my stuffed loins and did 4 blocks of cheese. When my foodsaver showed up on Thursday, I removed them from the makeshift "straw suck the air out of the bag" packaging and properly vac sealed them. Then today, I did six more blocks and a package of string cheese.

    Here's last weeks load...these went around 3 1/2 hours

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    Some nice TBS today. I pulled the string cheese after 2 hours and the blocks after 2 1/2 as I cut these into thirds to make up some variety packs to take along to the various Christmases we have upcoming.

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    Both days were in the 40's and my MES never got above 78 degrees with no ice in the chamber. After vac sealing todays batch, this is what I have in the fridge..some extra sharp cheddar, shap cheddar, montery jack, colby jack, pepper jack, mozzerrela, and the string cheese. I can't wait for Friday to break some out and give it a try.

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    Last edited: Dec 6, 2011
  2. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Thats some good looking cheese you have there ...
     
  3. doing a double batch in the Weber Kettle today.  Must be a holiday stock up thing going on!  Thanks for sharing your Qview!!!

    John
     
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Cheese looks great!

    Nice color!
     
  5. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yuppers

    Looks very good and nice color.
     
  6. tlcase

    tlcase Smoke Blower

    Okay...so I caved. I opened a package with extra sharp cheddar and montery jack 4 days shy of the 2 week rest. I just wanted a little sample and it was killing me. Besides, the bag was big enough to reseal.  It. Was. AMAZING! I can see how big a hit this is going to be.....at work, at home, at upcoming family gatherings, Christmas parties. Therefore, I must do another, big-ass batch. I will be updating this thread with more smoked gold soon.
     
  7. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The cheese looks like it came out really nice. Did you cut it before or after smoking it?  I like to do mine before so the smoke is even throughout the individual blocks. Nice job 
     
  8. tlcase

    tlcase Smoke Blower

    This was your run of the mill Kraft block cheese that was onsale 2/$4. I cut the blocks before going on the smoker. The first run I cut each block in half. The second batch I cut into thirds.
     
  9. tlcase

    tlcase Smoke Blower

    Oh, and I almost forgot, I ran into my 2nd cousin the other day and he was telling me about his smoker...industrial two door fridge he built. He told me his father in law has another one of these fridges I could possibly have and he'll show me what to do to convert it. I'm jumping all over it if I can.

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  10. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'm loving all of these cheese threads. I would jump all over that fridge if you get the chance. Looks like he could use  a bit of a better seal around the top of the doors. Great looking rig!
     
  11. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Cheese Fan!

    Looking Awesome!!!

    Todd
     
  12. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    Good lookin cheese! It's definitely cheese season.
     
  13. tlcase

    tlcase Smoke Blower

    Well, I did another 8lbs of cheese tonight. I wanted to make up some more sampler packs to give away this Christmas. I also picked up some swiss, muenster, and havarti to try.

    Ready to unwrap

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    Cut up and in the smoke. I used a piece of unwaxed unflavored dental floss to cut the blocks into fourths. It worked very well.

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    Finished

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    And sealed up with the rest of what was in the fridge already.

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  14. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Busy man. Looks good. I did 4 lbs yesterday myself. Figured it was 15 outside so it was perfect for smoking.
     
  15. tlcase

    tlcase Smoke Blower

    It was freezing outside here. Low teens. My MES never got above 58 degrees.
     
  16. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I used just my A-Maze-N Pellet Smoker. Love that I don't have to use anything else with it.
     
  17. tlcase

    tlcase Smoke Blower

    I used my AMNPS as well. Using a 50/50 mix of apple and pecan pellets.
     
  18. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    My favorite combo for cheese
     
  19. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    Man oh Man you folks have me wanting to run out to the store for some cheese. Your cheeses look awesome.
     
  20. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    The 3rd batch is perfect just like the other two!

    Nice job!
     

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