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Wood for Smoking Cheese

mkriet

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Hey guys, I just smoked my first batch of cheese last weekend, and am going to do some more today.  I know most people use apple, or some kind of fruit wood for smoking cheese.  All I have right now is hickory pellets.  Does anyone use hickory on cheese?  
 

crankybuzzard

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Yep! You'll love it! Let it rest a few weeks before eating though. Needs to mellow.
 

801driver

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I use hickory on cheddar, cheddar mixes and swiss.  I cut a standard store bought block in about 3/8 in thick slices to lay out on my cold smoker for about 20 minutes of smoke.  We let it sit a while hour or two to dry just a little then zip lock bag our extra.  It usually does not last too long around here, but we have froze it also, gets a little crumbly, but still has the great flavor and is great on baked potatoes or mac and cheese.

You can always experiment with a small batch of different types and different woods.

Good luck to you..

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crazymoon

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MKR, I have not used hickory but will be interested in seeing how yours turns out.
 

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I prefer apple, but have used hickory many times. 

Just don't smoke it as long. Two hours is plenty of smoke for us with hickory.

Al
 

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