Pleasant Day...Why Not Smoke Some Cheese?

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by bandcollector, Dec 31, 2015.

  1. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Pleasant day of 34 degrees here in Pittsburgh and this time of year my local market puts cheese on sale...Soooooo why not smoke some?


    Cut and ready for the smoker


    Amazen Pitmaster pellets into the Microwave...1 minute...Rest and Stir...Another minute.


    Fired up and almost ready to go!


    Patiently waiting.


    Swimming in glorious smoke in the Mini.


    Finished, resting for a few hours,  and vacuum packed for some aging!


    Happy New Year Everyone and Keep On  Smoking!

    John
     
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2015
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  2. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Lookin' good!
     
  3. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks AK...Happy New Year!

    John
     
  4. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Same to you John.

    I actually have a few pounds smoking tonight as well.
     
  5. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You've still got my address right? 

    Nice looking cheese, gonna have to try that some day soon.
     
  6. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I would be happy to send you some...Thanks for the kind words...Really easy process for an outstanding reward!

    Happy New Year!

    John
     
  7. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    Very nice, BandCollector! I've only recently discovered smoking cheese. It's really pretty easy with a pellet tube, and it's something to smoke when it's just too darn cold to mind a smoker!
    I never thought about smoking Swiss. I'll have to try it :)
    How long do you put smoke to it? My 6" AMZN tube gives me about 2 1/2 hrs through the mailbox, and so far that's worked out well for me.
    How long do you let it age before you break down and crack one open?
     
  8. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Wait at least 2 weeks to try it.

    Do this cheese smoking on a fairly regular basis, then you won't have to worry about waiting, because you'll always have some ready to go, and have some to age.
     
  9. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    No problem with the two weeks and longer, AK! The Mrs. has gone from complaining about all the sausage in the freezer to asking about the vac packs of cheese with dates on them...😏
    I just tell her we need to eat more sausage LOL!
    A second small fridge in the garage (no room for a big one) is in the works.
     
  10. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    <chuckles>

    You never have enough!

    2 lg reefers in the kitchen. 2 medium old reefers in the garage, one for projects and one for beer.

    2 really large freezers in the garage and one old medium stand up. 

    Freezers, 1 for meats, one for seafood, and one from veggies and misc. I need one more to designated for (ready to use) andouille, sausage, hocks, trotters, ham and turkeys.

    I need more room too! 

    I keep swearing I'll get one of those big 48 cu ft reefers' only, with a matching freezer. I could then free up some freezers and reefers in the kitchen space in the garage! LOL...  course I'd probably find a way to fill 'em all anyways. ROFLMAO AND I thought drinkin and chasin women was expensive........
     
  11. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Smokey,

    My favorits are Sharp Cheddar, Swiss, and Pepper Jack.

    I usually smoke 2 to 3 hours

    After I shrink wrap and refrigerate I don't touch them for at least one month.

    Its easy, delicious, and enjoyed by all!

    Have fun and keep smoking,

    John
     
  12. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    This one is filled with beer and smoked cheese...The box on top is filled with fine cigars.

    Does life get any better?


    Happy New Year Everyone and Keep Smoking,

    John
     
  13. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Excellent advice, be looking for a bigger fridge though.  Although we smoke fresh cheese as well, our aged stash is closing in on 80 pounds and the average age is 4.5 years old. 

    T
     
  14. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great looking cheese and the perfect weather for smoking it!

    Disco
     
  15. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Disco...Cheese came out great!

    John
     
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2016
  16. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    awesome post John.  Happy New Year. b
     
  17. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Brian,

    Been following yours as well.

    Happy New Year my friend!

    John
     
  18. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dang it man that looks good - nice job 

    A full smoker is a happy smoker

    DS
     
  19. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like a nice load with great color!
     
  20. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks driedstick & b-one...Smoking cheese is easy and a lot of fun to do...Especially when it comes to eating it accompanied by a good cold beer!

    Happy New Year and keep on smoking,

    John
     

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