Smoking cheese for the first time.......

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by kovaku, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. I had bought 2 lbs of Cheddar that I planned on smoking in my new MES 40 2.5 and I was just waiting for the right day.  I woke up this morning and it was a frosty 35 F here in Louisiana so it seemed like a good day to do it.  Got the cheddar out and sliced up and placed in the MES.  Filled the water pan with ice cubes and dropped the maverick probe in through the exhaust to monitor chamber temp. 

    6 1/3 pound pieces for this fist cheese smoke. 


    Got the AMNPS fired up with pecan pellets for this smoke. 


    I removed the chip loader for maximum airflow for the AMNPS and as you can see she is smoking away. 


    Stay tuned for the finished result.  I plan on smoking 2 hours and then stopping for this first batch. I can adjust next time for taste. 
     
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2016
  2. mfreel

    mfreel Smoking Fanatic

    Since you're using the AMNPS, and it's fairly cool, I don't think you'll need any ice.  But, it won't hurt anything either.  Looks like your vents are open.  Good.  2 hours is really conservative.  Consider going 3.  What wood are you using?
     
  3. mfreel

    mfreel Smoking Fanatic

    Oops.  Pecan. Great wood for cheese!
     
  4. ndkoze

    ndkoze Smoke Blower

    I would also recommend either covering your ice pan (if ice is needed) with foil or some type of cover to prevent the melting ice moisture from filling the smoker and causing condensation on your cheese.

    I use frozen 2-Liter soda bottles.
     
  5. Thanks guys for the replies.  At the moment I'm 45 minutes in and the chamber is 70F.  I will be using the bottles for sure next time.  I will also see how the cheese looks at 2 hours if I don't see much color I will go 3.  
     
  6. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I usually do 3 to 4 hrs, be careful with that smoker Do Not Let the Sun light hit the window

    I'll be watching

    Richie
     
  7. smokinal

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

    Looks great so far!

    Al
     
  8. I ended up smoking the cheese for 3 hours.  I packaged is up and plan on tasting it in about a month.  I work offshore on a 28 days on 28 days off schedule so waiting want be an issue because I want be home.  I can smell the smoke on the cheese and I'm looking forward to tasting this.  The smoker never got over 72F so today was a good day and the AMNPS performed flawless. You can't see much color on the plate but you can see it a bit better in the bags. 

    Straight our of the smoker


    All packaged up ready to rest in the fridge for a month. 

     
  9. smokinal

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

    It looks real good from here!

    Nice job!

    Al
     
  10. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm liking it. Nice job.
     
  11. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I agree with the guys, your cheese looks good. Smoking to the desired color is a good idea IMHO. Before doing so though, smoke to your desired taste then note the color, you can then repeat regardless of climate conditions which can affect your smoke.

    T
     
  12. mfreel

    mfreel Smoking Fanatic

    Looks good.  Plan to do some more when you get home!  Funny how it runs out so fast!
     
  13. whistech

    whistech Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Kovaku, cheese looks delicious!      That is something I want to do.
     
  14. docholiday

    docholiday Newbie

    Why do you wait a month before eating it? Are you aging it more or does it take that long to let the smoke fully penetrate it?  (Sorry, I'm new to all this)
     
  15. smokinal

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

  16. docholiday

    docholiday Newbie

    Cool thanks Al!
     
  17. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Nice looking cheese. Have you tried it yet? How was it?

    Be safe out there on those rigs my friend.

     

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