Smoked Cheese with the A-Maze-N Dust burner Re-DEUX Q-view

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by big casino, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. I smoked some cheese two weeks ago, and I decided to sample some, noticing I was going to be late for work I ran out of the house, My 2 hound dogs Scout and Bella, a Black Lab and a Yellow Lab, were quite appreciative of the snacks I left them on the counter, as my son came down stairs to see each one of them sitting there with a block of cheese in their mouths

    I didn't have the camera for the cheese be prepared but I do have some of the finished product

    the first time I smoked the cheese I did so with temps around the 50 to 60 degree range, I didn't get much color, altho when I sampled them they did have a smoke flavor

    this time I smoked them between 70 to 100 at the highest mostly around 80 and I still didn't get much color

    I smoked them for 2 hrs and only one row of the A-Maze-N burned as you can see , do I need to light both ends for more smoke to get more color? or would this cause to much smoke flavor?

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    Here is a little closer look

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    Any tips or suggestions anyone has are welcomed and appreciated!

    Thanks for looking,

    Harry
     
  2. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks like my smoked cheese. I have yet to figure out how to get the great color cold smoking. so I am watching this with great interest to see the suggestions. I do not have the AMNPS Yet, I will if my gift certificate ever gets here that my niece got me for Christmas.
     
  3. Hey Harry, that's some fine looking cheese!  How's the taste?

    As for getting a bit more color, here's  my VH $0.02.

    I usually cold smoke my cheese at ~ 75*-85* using only my AMNPS.  I noticed you said you smoked your cheese for 2 hours.  I think that might be part of the problem.  I usually run mine for 4 or 5 hours (with apple and maple pellets) and usually get real nice color.   Since I don't have the same amazin smoker as you (dust vs. pellets), I can't comment on your question regarding lighting both ends of the dust.  I do know lighting only one end of the AMNPS produces more than enough smoke for a cheese cold smoke.  Hope this helps.

    -Salt
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2012
  4. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I usually light both ends when I smoke cheese. It almost never gets below 60 here when I am smoking and most of the time I smoke in the 70's to 80's. I think it is the warmer temp that allows the cheese to open up and accept the smoke and color.   Since I have never smoked in lower temps I can not verify this is the case but I see the lower temp smokes and they don't seem to get the same color. 
     
  5. smokinal

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

    I agree with Scar, it seems like if the cheese is smoked at 70-90 degrees it really takes on a lot of color.
     
  6. Yeah I was mostly in the 80 degree range, but I only smoked it for 2 hrs cause I thought that was what most people recommended,

    I guesss when I try these in a couple of weeks, I will see if the "smoke" is too light

    Thanks fellas!
     
  7. smoke king

    smoke king Smoke Blower

    You could go 4 hours and pull some off at the 2, 3 and the rest at 4 hours, and mark them accordingly when you wrap for the wait, and see which you like best.
     
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    Now your cheese looks awesome and it does have some nice color.
     

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