Smoking cheese for the first time with Qview. Some questions.

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by worktogthr, Nov 21, 2014.

  1. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Well, an inexpensive experiment. 6 bucks worth of cheese. From left to right we have
    Extra Sharp white cheddar, pepper jack, and reserved white cheddar (whatever that means) cut each block in half.

    Got the AMNPS doing its thing (pellet blend with hickory, cherry, maple, and apple)


    And in the cold MES 30 it goes:


    Walked away for a couple of hours,checked it but not much color. Let it go for another hour and pulled it when it looked like this:


    I know your supposed to wait but I cut a little piece off of one stick of each flavor. Tasted great. Pretty smokey. Here are my questions:

    1. Should I let it sit on the counter for a little while before wrapping and refrigerating it for a couple of weeks?

    2. Does the smoke flavor mellow, strengthen or just change all together during this waiting time?

    3. Do I have to do anything to the cheese before I wrap it up.


    I am using plastic wrap because unfortunately I don't have a vacuum sealer. Thanks everyone!
     
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  2. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I typically let it cool for an hour plus before vacuum sealing it up with plans to let it sit a month plus before opening.
     
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    We don't usually let it sit for long before sealing it up and putting in the fridge. The smoke will mellow and meld with time. Once it has sat in the fridge for a couple weeks there is nothing else to do but eat it
     
  4. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    You have good advice from my friends above.  Good color on your cheese, hope you are keeping good notes such as internal smoker temps, color and intensity of the smoke along with the time and color of the cheese. 

    The reason for letting the cheese rest before packing is to allow any moisture that may have collected on the surface of the cheese to evaporate, do not wipe. 

    If only using plastic wrap consider applying oil (olive or cooking) to the surface prior to wrapping.

    Good job, enjoy.

    Tom
     
  5. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I wrap in plastic wrap then in the fridge overnight. Then vac seal
     
  6. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thanks everyone for all the help. That's why I love this place. Rubbed some olive oil, wrapped it up tight and popped in the fridge for two long, painful weeks haha
     
  7. I like apple and alder seams to work for me . also use my  mailbox setup , and temp doesn't  get much above 75 deg inside the smoker                                                                                                          

     when temps outside are no higher than 60 degs s the best for  SMOKIN
     
  8. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Quick question for everyone.  My dad got me a vaccuum sealer as a belated birthday gift.  It should be delivered in a couple of days.  Should I unwrap the cheese from this thread and seal it to make it last longer?  Or could I just vaccuum them right in the plastic wrap they are in?
     
  9. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I vac seal them in plastic wrap all the time. 
     
  10. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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