Is vacuum packing necessary?

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by lav25, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. lav25

    lav25 Fire Starter

    Hi all, very new here.  Sorry if this has been asked before, but I've searched but haven't managed to find the answer.  Is it necessary to specifically vacuum pack your cheese once it's smoked?  I know that it needs to age for at least two weeks, but I don't have a vacuum sealer machine, and I was wondering if a nice tight saran wrap or ziploc would do the trick?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    that will do the trick and if it does get a spot of mold on it just shave it off and you will be all set.... Have fun and Happy smoking
  3. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You certainly do not need a vacuum sealer, although I would highly recommend it.

    For many years I got by.  I would not recommend Saran Wrap.  I recommend Stretch Tite which Costco sells cobranded with their Kirkland brand name.  It is a much better product.

    Wrap tightly with the Stretch Tite, then place in a zipper type freezer bag, removing as much air as possible.

    Highly recommended, tho, is to use the saved pennies for a vacuum sealer down the road.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  4. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    If cheese is the only thing you are going to freeze, save the money but I kick myself in the backside for not having bought a seeler earlier.  Just the amount of space it saves in the freezer makes it worth the investment.
  5. smokinal

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

    Not necessary, but very convenient.
  6. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    yep, agree with the above. Plus, with the vac sealer, if you get it at a costco or sam's (maybe) they usually have them with a instant savings of 40 bucks off once in a while and you also get the kinda cool vacumn container for marinades. I waited for years before breaking down and getting one and now really enjoy using it. Have seen lesser models at stores for more than I paid at costco for the ultra model.
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Exactly what Al, Al, and All said above!!!

    Not necessary, but you can't beat 'em!

  8. lav25

    lav25 Fire Starter

    Thanks to all for your advice.  I've got my first batch of cheese on right now, couldn't wait to get a vacuum sealer (or a thermometer, things are getting melty!)  We'll see how the saran wrap works out, and put a sealer on the Christmas list maybe.
  9. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  10. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    A food saver system/ vaccum packed system isn't nessary it is just nice to have. You can buy in bunk and seperate it out and make many many meals out of the big package. So if not I would just wrap the cheeses in saran wrap maybe severial layers and then it will work just fine.

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