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Cherry wood a little aggressive for cheese? Mine was pretty smokey...

Discussion in 'Smoked Cheese' started by viper, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. viper

    viper Smoke Blower

    After doing some smoking with cherry wood, I am not sure I really like the flavor of it.  Just a little off for me maybe.  Is there a sweeter or lighter wood that would go better with cheese and poultry?  I ran extra sharp cheddar and colby and then did a little test with cream cheese. 

    I am running about 60-80F.  I put 1:20 on the firm blocks of cheese and 30 min on the cream cheese.  I think it is the actual smoke flavor that does not excite me... 

    Right now I am smoking 2 chicken breasts and will probably feel the same with them....  No problem infusing smoke flavor, just ned to find the right wood...
  2. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    i like to use apple wood but than again i like the cherry also.
  3. I also like either Cherry or Apple...just depends on the amount of smoke. Plus I always like the cheese a while after I've smoked it. Right away gets a bitter smoke taste to me, so I vac seal it and try, try, try to wait a couple weeks until I dip into it. Helps to do a batch, then wait a week and do another batch, etc...so I always had cheese that was "aged" the way I liked it and when I craved it I could eat it.

    Good luck and if you really dont like the taste - give it away, someone will like it!
  4. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    What he said. Cheese needs a 1-2 week rest after smoking to let the flavours come together.
  5. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Let it rest for two weeks to Mellow. The strong taste will absorb towards the middle and become Super Cheese! I have some almost a year old and it's just getting prime. [​IMG]
  6. ellymae

    ellymae Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yep - It's gotta rest a while.
  7. viper

    viper Smoke Blower

    Is cherry wood a good selection for cheese?  Just seemed to not have that sweeter flavor I remember in some stuff I had before.  Would apple be a sweeter wood? If I wanted sweeter, what would I be looking for? 
  8. I am in love with cherry smoke, but if you don't like it apple is an excellent choice. It is milder. ( In my opinion)