Cold smoking mat ?

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by dennispfaff, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. I am sort of a new member here and have question(s) about cold smoking cheese. I haven't tried it yet, but want to.
    First of all..I have a Smokin-it #1 model smoker and use the 12 in amaze-n pellet tube.
    My question(s) are:
    1. What kind of mat or tray is best used for cheese? Where to purchase, etc. Or...can you just lay it on foil?
    2. Is there a best recommend brand of cheese to smoke? And what kind of pellets to use? And how thick should the cheese be?
    3. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
    Dennis
    Vietnam Veteran
     
  2. Frog mat works well.  It is on sale at AmazeN products website last I checked.
     
  3. gibsorz

    gibsorz Smoke Blower

    You can pick up non stick reusable grill toppers at dollar store for next to nothing. Normally used for veggies. That is what I use for cheese, just got 4 of those for like 2 dollars and since you aren't putting them to high heat, they haven't started to go bad.

    Re pellets, my favourite is the SmokinPellets perfect mix, 40 lb bag on amazon for 36$, free shipping. Best flavour and best burn I have found.
     
  4. To: Addertooth and gibsorz
    Thanks for those tips. I like the idea of buying a 40lb bag of pellets from Amazon, and there is a Dollar Store near us.
    Dennis
     
  5. java

    java Smoking Fanatic

    If smoking hard cheese, just put it right on the rack.

    Soft cheese just leave it on the foil it came in, trimmed up so when one side is done you can flip it
     
  6. gibsorz

    gibsorz Smoke Blower

    Yes, definitely leave soft cheese on the foil.
     
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Parchment paper works well.
     
  8. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hard cheeses straight on the rack.

    Soft cheeses will depend on the softness of the cheese and the smoking temperature. Things like whole brie or camembert place straight on the rack. Really soft cheese (or when the smoker temperature is not cool) will need to be on foil or on a mat.

    Fresh mozarella can be tied with butchers string and smoked - see below. They will need hanging for 24 hours in the fridge before smoking to allow them to drain.

     
  9. Thanks Wade. Does hard cheese have to be cut in small or medium slices for the smoke to penetrate? Looks like that is what you did in your picture.
    Dennis
     
  10. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You don't have to cut it up. I take a standard baby loaf and quarter it length wise. You end up with (4) 2"x2" (approx). If its the the bigger five pound I cut it half then quarter the halves yielding 8.
     
  11. gibsorz

    gibsorz Smoke Blower

    Anyone who has smoked Brie or Camembert, do you cut the top off the rind to allow smoke to penetrate or does it penetrate on its own?
     
  12. That's a good question, and how is the smoked flavor on Camembert and Brie?
    Is there one or two favorite cheeses to smoke?
    I am in Calif and the temp has been around 100. Looking forward to the weather so I can smoke some cheese.
     
  13. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    i cut all cheese in 4 oz blocks to smoke . 4 oz can be consumed in one sitting and i can sell 4 oz for $3.50
     

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