Made some Jack today... Will smoke later

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by jtupper, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. jtupper

    jtupper Fire Starter

    Made up two pounds of Monterey Jack today while I was working on some sausage. I plan on smoking at least half of it upon completion in a month.

    cutting the curd

    pressing the cheese
  2. Looks good.

    I need to learn to make cheese.

    [​IMG]I will be fallowing this thread

    Happy smoken and keep the pics coming

  3. jtupper

    jtupper Fire Starter

    Its pretty simple just takes time and it's boring. Kinda like sausage making or beer brewing. I spent over an hour today just stirringa pot!
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    What gives the Jack it's specific flavor over just using rennet to make the curd?...JJ
  5. I can make sausage of all sorts. I can make a lot of differant beers I can start with corn and [​IMG]! I can smoke cheese

    I need to learn to make cheese [​IMG]  I can stir the pot.

  6. jtupper

    jtupper Fire Starter

    Most differences in in cheese cone from procedure differences. Such things as times and temperatures. And just like in making beer with ale yeast vs lager yeast you have different strains of cultures or starters for different cheeses. it this cheese was made with a mesophilic starter culture which is used for such things as jack, corby, cheddar, gouda, Stilton, exam, and munster. The procedure is what changes it after that. it how long you let it set, how big you cut the curds, if you rinse it, when you stir, how you age it, etc

    Hope that helps a bit...
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Do mind sharing the recipe? We've made cheese but never Jack, and we love smoked pepper jack!
  8. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Cool!  A new trick for here!

  9. jtupper

    jtupper Fire Starter

    Sorry I have to say this but that recipe comes directly out of "artisan cheesemaking at home" by Mary Karlin to protect her royalties and hard work, I wouldn't be able to share. But I do highly recommend her book if you want to learn. Its been great!
  10. humdinger

    humdinger Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks good JTupper. I want to learn to make cheese too. If the stirring gets boring, I'll just have my mother in law take over......she loves to stir the pot.[​IMG]
  11. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Mmmmmmm............. Cheeseeeeeeeee!
  12. jtupper

    jtupper Fire Starter

    Started a new cheese tonight and with that a new post. For those of you looking to start making cheese I included a simple recipe for Queso Blanco that can be made completley with househole ingredients.


    Fire Roasted and Cracked Black Pepper Queso Blanco

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