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lay cheese flat or stand on side

Discussion in 'Smoked Cheese' started by smokerjim, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. smokerjim

    smokerjim Smoking Fanatic

    Going to be smoking 60 8 oz. Blocks of cheese shortly, I've read in other threads where it's better to lay them flat rather then standing on edge,what's everyone's opinion on this, im using a mes30 and was thinking about standing on edges before I read this. I've smoked cheese before but never this amount. All input is welcome. Thanks
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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  3. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Never really thought about it, but for some reason I would think the sides would get hit more with smoke, so I'd put the narrow side down.

  4. smokerjim

    smokerjim Smoking Fanatic

    I've always laid them flat, but I figured I could fit alot more in if I stood on edge, am wondering if I would get the same smoke coverage if that makes sense
  5. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I put mine on edge or end side. Less on the mat, more of the wider parts exposed freely to the smoke.
    I use mats as well. I always figure the grate pattern is mine to eat. ;)

    It doesn't make any difference IMHO.
    Try some both ways and choose. o_O

    The only time it did make a difference was a couple of times it got too hot. So the cheese was melting.
    I have since fixed that mistake...
    The only time I like melted cheese is on a Grilled Cheese Sammie, or Pizza.
    (Or broccoli, or cauliflower, or Nacho's or....)
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2018
  6. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  7. smokerjim

    smokerjim Smoking Fanatic

    Ok thanks, I will have to look into the mats, although i never had an issue with grill marks or I never noticed
  8. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The only way you'll have grill marks is if the heat is too high.

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  9. smokerjim

    smokerjim Smoking Fanatic

    I do use the mailbox mod so thats probably why I don't get them, thanks again
  10. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    SJ, I lay them on their side as you get more blocks on one rack ( i.e. less to clean!) I have done 42 blocks of 8 ounce cheese on two racks with room to spare.
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  11. bill ace 350

    bill ace 350 Smoking Fanatic

    You don't need them for smoking cheese. If you think you need some get some silicon mats, shop around and save some of your hard earned money!

    I've smokes cheese both ways, didn't notice much difference. Place them on edge to get more on each rack.
  12. You can lay them flat, one end on their side or any other configuration and they turn out the same, GREAT!

    I did cheese cubes along with different sized blocks I cut down from larger blocks. All different sizes all different placement and all came out great as usual. However you get them to fit in the smoker is not important it the smoke in the smoker that does the magic
  13. I just did 6 8z blocks on a mes30 w mailbox mod. The coloring results on the blocks were so-so. I see no reason that stacking them otherwise wouldn't be better.

    It certainly would help you to get more of them. If it was my cheese (money), I'd stack them on their sides.

    Maybe do that ( the stacking of cheese) in the smoker because I envision a catastrophe trying to transport 4 trays of 15 blocks each to the smoker :)
  14. Not to take away from the folks at Amazing but latch hook grids work a treat if cold smoking. A pack of 10 or 12 of them is a few dollars at WalMart. A single layer of cheese cloth also works. When done ball up the cheese cloth and toss it.
  15. bill ace 350

    bill ace 350 Smoking Fanatic

    You're not taking away anything from anyone.
    When someone tells you to buy q-matz ( or however it is spelled), without even addressing the original question, it is nothing more than a shameless plug.
  16. Dave is just trying to help. Amazin makes great products. I'm partial to the pellet tray and spread the word when I can. Fortunately on here I don't think we get too many shameless plugs for useless items but rather plugs for branded or unbranded dedicated or repurposed items that make our lives easier and better end product.
  17. smokerjim

    smokerjim Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks for all the replies, I'm just going to put them right on the racks, sense I've not had a problem with marks.
  18. bill ace 350

    bill ace 350 Smoking Fanatic

    I like the tray too, no doubt about it. He may be trying to help, but a further explanation of how using these mats to answer the original question woul be most helpful!
  19. smokerjim

    smokerjim Smoking Fanatic

    It is possible he didn't understand what I was asking I wasn't totally clear that I was looking for an answer on smoke coverage , he might of thought I was worried about the grill marks.anyway thanks again to all
  20. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Master of the Pit

    I prefer to lay them down flat, but have had to put a couple on their sides when space was an issue. Personally I think you get better color from laying them down. I also have a grate for my WSM that is used only for cheese and other cold smokes so I don't get the black specs on the cheese.