First try at cheese (very small batch) Qview

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by dukeburger, Apr 18, 2015.

  1. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Got a mid-week smoking bug and decided to give cheese a go with whatever I had in the fridge. Managed to find about half of a block of medium cheddar, so I chopped it up into 6 rectangle pieces and set it in the fridge on Wednesday night.

    When I woke up for work on Thursday morning, I took out my blocks and left them on the counter for the day.

    Got home from work Thursday at 5:30 and fired up my Big Chief and filled the pan with maple chips and put my cheese in. I managed to keep the temps between 75-90F through the 3.5 hour smoke by keeping the door cracked.

    After smoked, I kept on a rack at room temperature for a day or so, then vac-sealed and put in the fridge. I have not tasted any yet and I'm really not sure how long I'm going to wait..

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    Threw an ice pack and some ice cubes in there to help keep temp down. Told Ms. Duke I was making smoked ice.[​IMG]



     
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2015
  2. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great Lookin cheese man ! Thumbs Up I just recently done my first as well, from what I understand it has to mellow for a few weeks or it will taste bitter !
     
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2015
  3. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Good to know! It sure smelled smokey. I'm afraid I might have overdone it. Guess I'll find out in a few weeks!

    Is it just me, or is there a lot of waiting in this hobby? [​IMG]
     
  4. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Did you have a cocktail with your smoked ice! Looks good the wait is the hardest part but worth it!
     
  5. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Most say 14 day wait But i promise you 30 days is better. i have some that is 2 years old in the fridge and i really saw a difference up until the 6 month mark.

     after 6 months i can't tell / taste any difference.
     
  6. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Haha, there is waiting for sure.... But that's why Q & brew go together so well ! Just saying ! :biggrin:
     
  7. Nice Cheese    Great Job

    Gary
     
  8. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yikes! I better start doing some larger batches!
    I like your style!

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  9. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    DB, Looks great, start another batch soon!
     
  10. This is sweet - I bought my cheese and I'm just goofing off until I get a cool day to do it on.  Keep up the good work.
     

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