First smoked cheese

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by ismoke, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. ismoke

    ismoke Meat Mopper

    So about a week ago, I smoked some bacon for the first time, and thought...shoot, if I'm doing that I might as well try some cheese to, right?  Not wanting to waste a bunch of expensive cheese, I went to the store and bought 4 blocks of cheese, 2 medium sharp cheddar, monterey jack, and pepper jack.


    Sorry for the blurry pic, took this with my camera...

    I smoked it for about 3 hours with maple, as that was what I had planned to use on the bacon, then brought them in, and food saved them for aging:


    I couldn't help but try a little sliver of them, and they were tasty.  I didn't really notice much of a color change (except the grate marks, lol), but could definitely taste the smoke.  I just hope that I gave it long enough so that the flavor doesn't leave as it mellows.  Anyways, I guess I'll find out on Wednesday when I can finally dig in!
  2. porked

    porked Smoking Fanatic

    Personally, I'd give it a couple of weeks. The longer it sits, the better it gets. Just sayin'...
  3. tjohnson

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

    Forget about it for a couple weeks and you'll be very surprised at the difference.  The smoke will mellow and permeate the cheese.

    How's your bacon?

  4. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Sometimes they don't look like they took on the smoke but they will, be patient for 336 hours and enjoy. [​IMG]  They will last a year if you vacuum pack them and keep in the fridge.
  5. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Definitely let it sit at least two weeks before indulging...  Three days is too soon...
  6. smokinal

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

    All of the above!
  7. ismoke

    ismoke Meat Mopper

    Oh, I'm definitely waiting the 2 weeks.  That will be Wednesday...I can't wait to test it out, so even though I knew that it wasn't going to be as good as it was, I had to induldge a little!  Can't wait to see it at its best, though!

    Todd, the bacon was great...I have a thread in the bacon forum with some q-view for it, if you want to check it out!
  8. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    yup let it sit and you will have gold.. enjoy your cheese.. nice job
  9. OK OK, It's Wednesday already!!!!!!!!! [​IMG]   How's it taste?!?!
  10. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great!

    My first cheese smoke is just about ready to devour..

  11. graniteman

    graniteman Smoke Blower

    Great looking cheese.  Just finished my 1st. batch of cheese, now waiting 2 weeks before I try them.  Waiting is the hardest part.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  12. graniteman

    graniteman Smoke Blower

    Great looking cheese, just finished my 1st batch of cheese, Swiss & Sharp Cheddar.  Now I have to wait a couple weeks.  That's the hardest part.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  13. distre

    distre Smoke Blower

    Good job. Just gotta wait a couple of weeks. Put it in the back or bottom of your fridge where you can't see it, it helps me, a little, but the wait is definitely worth it.
  14. ismoke

    ismoke Meat Mopper

    Ok, so I tried it on Wednesday, opened up a package of the cheddar.  My 3 year old son loves cheese, but has never had any smoked cheese, but he wanted the first piece.  I sliced it off for him, and...he said he didn't like it.  I figure that's probably just the smoke flavor, so I slice off a piece for myself, and I really couldn't taste the smoke flavor.  I tried a couple more slices (look, it's cheese, I still like it), and I couldn't taste it.  I know it's there, as if my son won't eat cheddar cheese, something is different about it, but I just couldn't quite make it out.  I think a little longer on the smoke next time will be in the works, but either way, I'm eyeing that pepper jack for some cheese burgers this week.  Should be tasty!

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