Mozzarella with the AMNPS using dust instead of pellets

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by scarbelly, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I decided to do a demo using the AMNPS with dust to demonstrate how well it does both pellets and dust.

    We buy the water packed "fresh" mozzarella from Costco that comes in the two packs. 

    The first part of the process is to unwrap the cheese and drain it then dry it on paper towels. I then cut the chubs in half and set them in the fridge for about 2 hours to "form a skin" on the outside of the cheese. This process allows the cheese to take on smoke but not render too much moisture during the process. Kind of a moisture barrier if you will. 

    Here is the cheese after sitting in the fridge for 2 hours - notice the light skin on the outside of the chubs


    Here are the flavors of the day. I keep my dust in jars (Bears idea) to keep them dry


    Here is the AMNPS loaded with one row for a 2- 21/2 hour smoke. 


    Here we go into the smoker with the AMNPS lit and ready to run


    Here we are at the one hour mark- the box is staying in the 70's outside temp is about 75 and climbing 


    Here we are at the two hour mark. Notice there is some moisture loss on the foil. The outside temp hit 85 and the interior was close to 80. Notice that the AMNPS still has about 30- 45  minutes more smoke to give.   


    Here is the finished product. You will notice a little sweat on the cheese. I usually let this air dry for about 20 minutes then wrap them in plastic wrap and into the fridge. 


    The big advantage to using this "fresh" mozzarella is that you can eat it as soon as it cools and rests for a few hours. We cut slices and give them a light pinch of sea salt right before eating which really brings out the flavor. Give this cheese a try, you will be amazed how good it is. They used to do this in all the NY Deli's that made their own cheese until too many of the caught on fire smoking or at least that is the story we got last time we tried to find some in NY.

    I hope you will try using the AMNPS using dust - as you can see it burns very well in this unit. 

    Thanks for looking 
  2. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Guest

    That looks great Gary. Prob is that the Mrs went to costco today BEFORE you posted this LOL.
  3. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice job Gary...

    It is about time I smoke some more cheese, I used the last I had last week...
  4. shtrdave

    shtrdave Smoking Fanatic


    What model Cookshack are you using?

    Did you bring air in from outside by means of an air pump or did it get enough from opening the door a few times?

    It looks good, I need to pick up some cheese again and give mine a try, I have a smokette.
  5. tjohnson

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

    Great Job Scar!

    Apple & Pecan are one of my favorite combinations

  6. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have a SmokinTex 1400 not a Cookshack and once I raised the unit off the drip pan about 3" I am not having intake issues
  7. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice job Gary!

    Great tutorial!
  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    MMMMMmmmmmm-----------That looks Great, Gary !!!!

    Thanks for the tutorial!!!

  9. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Wow It looks great and porbably it is yummy too thanks  Gary
  10. Looks like perfectly smoked moz too me. Nice post.
  11. shooter1

    shooter1 Smoking Fanatic

    Looks great Gary! Looking forward to trying some when it cools off around here, maybe in December. [​IMG]
  12. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Scar your smoker looks as bad as mine does....USED !!!!   Great job on the cheese !!!!
  13. dnovotny

    dnovotny Smoke Blower

    just  a suggest  to keep the heat  down add a pot of ice inside

    your smoker about the smoke and it will keep the temp down as

    you cold smoke...
  14. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    looks good.
  15. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I do that normally on  a hot day but I did this early in the AM and it doesnt usually get that hot. Thanks
  16. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    looks great scar.... need to smoke some cheese... Had some smoked pepper jack at solaryellows tues and it was great... thanks for the tutorial


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