Cold smokin time

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by turn4fun, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. turn4fun

    turn4fun Fire Starter

    Since it's only about 35 degrees out today I decided to cold smoke some cheese. I dropped two 1/2 pound bricks of sharp cheddar, two 1/2 pound bricks of pepper jack, a pound of muenster, a pound of mozzarella and a bunch of string sticks on Lil' Piggy about 30 mins ago. Got a single ember of lump that's keeping a small chunk of hickory and a small chunk of apple smoldering. Got thin blue coming out the stack and she's been rocking dead nuts on 55 degrees for a half hour. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2011
  2. smokinal

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

    Great start!
  3. turn4fun

    turn4fun Fire Starter

    Well I'm about 2 1/2 hours in and all is going well.  I've had to start a few more chunks with a torch and then put them in the firebox after they burnt down some.  So far I've been able to maintain a good thin blue which I am happy about.  The highest temp I've observed so far has been 64 degrees. 

    I've cold smoked cheeses a number of times before with my Brinkmaan vertical with a homemade smoke daddy rig, also done the sawdust method but have never been happy with the type of smoke I got; always thick and white.  This is my first try at cold smoking in my reverse flow and am thrilled at the performance so far. 
  4. turn4fun

    turn4fun Fire Starter

    Done!  Smoked for 4 hours and not even a hint of melting, in fact the cheese never even broke a sweat.  Now exiled to the fridge for a couple of weeks.

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  5. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks Good!

    Waiting Plain Old Sucks!!!

  6. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks good, as Todd said the waiting is the hard part...  In two weeks you will love it...
  7. smokinal

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

    Now the wait begins!
  8. graniteman

    graniteman Smoke Blower

    i get goose bumps just looking at that cheese.  i have to dig out some of my cheese tonight,  yum yum
  9. turn4fun

    turn4fun Fire Starter

    Thanks for the compliments.  Going on a fishing trip in a few weeks and this is gonna make some great snacks out on the boat.
  10. Prolly won't even be needing poles. the fish will just jump in lookin' to grab a bite.

    "You win, I give up. Can I have a little bit of that cheese?"

    Looks good!

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