First mozzarella smoke with photo

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by chefal, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. chefal

    chefal Fire Starter

    Tried my first cheese smoke. Let the mozzarella sit out for 3 hours to get a nice skin, then into the smoker for 1 hour at 150 with apple and pecan wood. Then back in the fridge for a few hours to firm up. Came out great!
     
  2. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks Great, Did it taste good?[​IMG]
     
  3. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like it came out great, have 2 things of mozz in the fridge waiting for the temps to drop again so I can give them a nice good cold smoke.
    Great job!
     
  4. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    This is one of my favorite smokes. You nailed it perfect. I do like to cut the mozarella into smaller chubs so I get more smoke on them - the taste is just out of this world. Nice job [​IMG]
     
  5. scubadoo97

    scubadoo97 Smoking Fanatic

    That cheese looks wonderful. [​IMG] How did it not melt at 150*
     
  6. That looks great!
     
  7. chefal

    chefal Fire Starter

    First you set the cheese out for a few hours to let it get a bit of a skin.

    What I forgot to mention, and this is important...I put the cheese into a disposable aluminum pie plate, and then put it into another aluminum pie plate filled with ice, and then onto the smoker. This allows it enough time to absorb the smoke and get it off after an hour without melting.

    Hope this helps.
     
  8. scubadoo97

    scubadoo97 Smoking Fanatic

    Gotcha chief. I put a tray of ice on the shelf under my cheese but still have to watch the temps closely even using a cold smoke generator. It's been friggin hot here. My patio faces west and ambient temps in my smoker can run near 90*
     
  9. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    NY
    Sounds like a great idea Al. Nice job!
     
  10. rod guy

    rod guy Smoke Blower

    I'm gonna have to give that a try, it looks sooooooo good.
     
  11. chefal

    chefal Fire Starter

    I know the feeling. I was trying to smoke in the summer here in Las Vegas when it was 112 outside and boy is that a challenge!! Let's just say very little charcoal is needed lol.
     
  12. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks perfect Al, and good idea with the ice pan.
     
  13. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now i got a question for ya. If you can keep the temps down while smoking do you have to let the mozzarella get the skin? I smoke cheddar all the time but was planning on doing moz on sunday. thanks for inspiring me
     
  14. chefal

    chefal Fire Starter

    I am relatively new to smoking and only have 6 months of experience, but I am sure there are others here who can answer your question. This was my first ever cheese smoke but certainly not my last!

    Good Luck!
     
  15. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    alright I had just not heard doing it like that before. If you want to be able to keep the temps lower you might want to take a look at a smoke gun. that is what i use actually it is called the big kahuna. works great ! I would recomend some pepperjack also if you like a little spice..wow
     
  16. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I was wondering about the melting point of the cheese but it sounds really good and I/we like smoked mozzarella in this house. Well we like all cheeses just about. Gemany had some really good cheeses to.
     
  17. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    so how do you normally smoke your mozzarella???
     
  18. xjcamaro

    xjcamaro Meat Mopper

    If your looking for a good cold smoke, read this, they use a tin can and a soildering iron to produce the smoke but not heat. I have done this multiple times and it works great, temps never get over 60*. I smoked swiss, cheddar, and mozz for 2 1/2 hours last night and all three blocks never lost their shape.

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/for...ad.php?t=74121
     
  19. freshmeat

    freshmeat Smoke Blower

    I read the referenced thread, are you still using chunks 'shaved' down? How much of the 'shavings' should go in the can...packed in and physically touching the soldering iron? I have a ECB and will construct one of these ASAP!

    Thanks!
     
  20. xjcamaro

    xjcamaro Meat Mopper

    Ya I'm using small chunks. You want them to touch the iron so the start smoldering. I just put enough in to cover the iron and add some in as needed as they burn away. Once you get it hot and the chunks are smoldering, the added peiced will start smolding quickly. I give the can a shake every now and then to settle the chunks down around the iron. Works great. I just ate some of the cheese I did last night and its awesome.
     

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