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Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« on: December 09, 2017, 05:02:05 PM »
I have an offset can I will be burning wood in and a dryer duct linking the can to the smoker where the cheese will be.  Any last minute tips?
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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2017, 05:13:25 PM »
Yeah - don't leave the the fresh out of smoker loaf on the counter to cool if your lab or similar sized dog can snatch it.

Poor thing will be bound up for a week  :chuckle:

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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2017, 05:14:16 PM »
Don't get over 90 degrees. I like 70.
After smoking for however long you want, let rest on racks on the counter for an hour or so. Vacuum seal and throw I'm fridge, not freezer. Don't touch it for 4 weeks minimum.
Anything sooner you might as well eat an ash tray.
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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2017, 05:25:23 PM »
What 92 said.  I like no warmer than 80 and smoke lightly for 1.5-2 hours max.  Vacuum seal and fridge it for a month.  Then you can freeze or eat.  I like the softer cheeses.  Gouda is my favorite, pepper jack is good and mozzerella too.  Compte is good too (if you can find it).
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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2017, 06:07:20 PM »
Keep one block for a chef sampler, you know so you can taste it at different times on smoke to determine how much smoke you like, lol

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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2017, 06:11:14 PM »
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How does the Tillimook medium cheddar smoke up? 
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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2017, 06:16:29 PM »
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How does the Tillimook medium cheddar smoke up?

Amazing????  Buy the huge loads from Costco and cut them to size before smoking.  I love smoked cheddar brisket nachos.   :drool:

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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2017, 07:46:31 PM »
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How does the Tillimook medium cheddar smoke up?

Amazing????  Buy the huge loads from Costco and cut them to size before smoking.  I love smoked cheddar brisket nachos.   :drool:

How’s your cholesterol??
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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2017, 07:51:04 PM »
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How does the Tillimook medium cheddar smoke up?

 :tup: I only smoke tillinook
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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2017, 08:05:05 PM »
I've got 2 10lb loafs of Tillamuk medium cheddar, 10lb loaf of swiss, 10lb loaf of provolone, and a 2lb loaf of Tillamuk white cheddar
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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2017, 08:48:47 PM »
Try a Tillamuk Sharp Chedder with a about 4 hours of smoke!
One of the best tasting cheeses for crackers I have had.
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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2017, 10:39:11 PM »
I've smoked a couple of 5 pound blocks of medium cheddar, must be kept under 100 degrees during smoking.  Only took a week in the fridge to be edible.

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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2017, 04:22:15 PM »
Tillamook pepper jack is my favorite.
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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2017, 06:09:25 PM »
I did a 10lb block of sharp cheddar and cut it into 4ths and smoked it at 85 degrees for 6 hours. I let it cool in the refrigerator for about 4 hours and then vacuum sealed it up for 4 weeks before I opened up the first one. It had a very strong smoke flavor. The next one I opened up a week later and it was still strong. I think less is more on the smoke. My next batch will be  2 hours max.

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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2017, 06:02:57 PM »
i buy Havarti from cash & carry...2 hours smoke with apple and vac pac it for 2 months...awesome
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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #15 on: December 12, 2017, 09:08:48 AM »
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How does the Tillimook medium cheddar smoke up?

 :tup: I only smoke tillinook
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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2017, 01:35:26 PM »
As close as I have watched the Smoker in the past (to keep it cooled down), invariably the wood catches fire or the Wife has a emergency and I turn my back just long enough to have this happen.
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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #17 on: December 12, 2017, 01:52:49 PM »
Yup, that's too warm.  :chuckle: I use a piece of flex exhaust pipe from my primary smoker to a "remote smoker" where the cheese sits. I can text pics, it is just as redneck as it sounds, but it works.
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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #18 on: December 12, 2017, 01:59:40 PM »
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If you haven't already done your smoke. Personally I wouldn't smoke the whole loaf but cut into convenient chunks. When i use the large loafs I usually cut in to 6 or 8 pieces depending on the size of loaf approx 1.5 inches thick. When I get the wedge of Gouda at Costco, I trim the wax and cut 3 equal size wedges from that. I think you get better smoke when they are smaller like that.
Then as the others said seal, refrigerate and ignore for 3-4 weeks.

My barber used to smoke cheese on  the Traeger in a bowl, as it would melt and take on the shape of the bowl  :chuckle:

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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #19 on: December 12, 2017, 04:47:23 PM »
JJ,

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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #20 on: December 12, 2017, 05:45:04 PM »
try putting trays of ice under the cheese...i've done it in my bradley and seems to work by just heating up the smoker not the box.  I also agree with the flex pipe option-never done it with cheese but used it for cold smoking a turkey before i deep fried it.  Basically hooked the smoker unit up and put it in a large cardboard box--cut a hole in the top of the box and ran the dryer vent into the smoker box which i put a couple feet above it...real cheap way to just get smoke to the meat/cheese without putting direct heat on it
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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #21 on: December 12, 2017, 06:30:02 PM »
This is what I use to cold smoke cheese with, it works great!
https://www.amazenproducts.com/product_p/amnps5x8.htm

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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #22 on: December 12, 2017, 06:38:34 PM »
Tenkara,

That's what I use also.  Keeps my big smoker at 75-80 degrees.  Works perfect.
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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #23 on: December 12, 2017, 08:49:46 PM »
Tenkara,

That's what I use also.  Keeps my big smoker at 75-80 degrees.  Works perfect.
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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #24 on: December 12, 2017, 09:05:22 PM »
How does that work?

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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #25 on: December 13, 2017, 07:48:01 AM »
How does that work?
I fill it with pellets, get it smoking, and put in my gmg opposite side of the cheese.

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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #27 on: December 13, 2017, 08:51:14 AM »
I'm using this accessory cold smoker for the masterbuilt electric smoker  (MES)

https://www.amazon.com/Masterbuilt-20070112-Smoking-Digital-Smokers/dp/B008DF6WWE
watch the vid, it works pretty slick and plugs into all MES, gotta brush out the tube inside occasionally so the chips will continue to fall down to the heating element inside, some folks complain it goes out but it's easy to clean out.



The little drawer on the bottom is the ash clean out pan, the chips go in under the little zinc dome on top into a tube, the chips fall down the tube and there's a little electric U shaped heating element that smokes the wood.  It'll run 8 hours, but I've only ran mine up to 6 hours straight and there was some wood left.


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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #28 on: December 13, 2017, 09:06:00 AM »
I can see how that one works, still can't figure out how the mesh one works as a cold smoker....

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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #29 on: December 13, 2017, 09:09:13 AM »
I'm using this accessory cold smoker for the masterbuilt electric smoker  (MES)

https://www.amazon.com/Masterbuilt-20070112-Smoking-Digital-Smokers/dp/B008DF6WWE
watch the vid, it works pretty slick and plugs into all MES, gotta brush out the tube inside occasionally so the chips will continue to fall down to the heating element inside, some folks complain it goes out but it's easy to clean out.



The little drawer on the bottom is the ash clean out pan, the chips go in under the little zinc dome on top into a tube, the chips fall down the tube and there's a little electric U shaped heating element that smokes the wood.  It'll run 8 hours, but I've only ran mine up to 6 hours straight and there was some wood left.



Well that's cool. Didn't know that was available

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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #30 on: December 13, 2017, 09:11:16 AM »
I can see how that one works, still can't figure out how the mesh one works as a cold smoker....


You get a butane or map gas torch and burn one end, then it smolders its way around the maze like a punk kids use to light firecrackers.

I think you got to use pellets though, chips might flare up
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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #31 on: December 13, 2017, 09:22:28 AM »
I can see how that one works, still can't figure out how the mesh one works as a cold smoker....
Once lit you place it in the lower portion of  smoker box without the heat turned on. Could even Jerry rig a cardboard box as a smoker in a pinch.
It just smolders pellets, very minimal heat produced

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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #32 on: December 13, 2017, 09:25:39 AM »
I can see how that one works, still can't figure out how the mesh one works as a cold smoker....
Once lit you place it in the lower portion of  smoker box without the heat turned on. Could even Jerry rig a cardboard box as a smoker in a pinch.
It just smolders pellets, very minimal heat produced

So you just put it over a flame until it starts to smoke?

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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #33 on: December 13, 2017, 09:35:18 AM »





You just torch one end of it until its smoldering and toss it down in the bottom of your bbq or whatever.  You don't turn on the bbq itself.
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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #34 on: December 13, 2017, 09:01:04 PM »
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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #35 on: December 13, 2017, 09:12:40 PM »
JJ,

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Didn't get around to it
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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #36 on: December 14, 2017, 10:00:57 PM »
I picked up some pepper jack, sharp cheddar and regular cheddar


should I do it all in applewood?  Or swap it up
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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #37 on: December 15, 2017, 06:57:48 AM »
Hickory!

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Re: Smoking cheese tomorrow. Any last minute tips?
« Reply #38 on: December 15, 2017, 12:12:07 PM »
 :tup:


Why guys check out "mail box mod" for your smokers, pretty dang cool.


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