Smoking Cheese in a Cardboard Box (Ch-View)

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by alelover, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Needed a little cheese for a party we're going too. Maybe. Had some smoked Moz, cheddar and Colby Jack from the last smoke but I wanted some Havarti and Gouda too. It was 95 out that day and at least 90 under my shaded porch. But I've never smoked cheese this warm so I thought I'd try it. Unless you were all lying to me and the cheese actually sucks when you smoke it that hot.  [​IMG] Just kidding.


    So I got some. Top row is Havarti. The yellowish on the right is Gouda and the 2 in the lower left are Cabot's Seriously Sharp Cheddar. It was in there so why not. It's the best.


    Broke out the cardboard box smoker I built a while back. No I don't have too much time on my hands. [​IMG]


    I was feeling a little wild so I thought I would try a peach apple combo today.


    Got it all fired up. There is blue smoke coming out. I guess the camera couldn't see it.


    3.5 hours later we're done. Time to go to dinner for my Anniversary. I'm guessing it was a 100 in the box.


    It got sweaty but I've seen worse. On here. Some of you know the pic I am referring to.


    Sealed her up after I fridged it to let it dry a little. I'll let you know how it is in a couple weeks.


    Thanks for watching.
  2. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks good Scott.  I have had mine get sweaty at those temps too.  We have hot summers here, so I have to cold smoke at night.  Sometimes I have to use ice jugs, too.

    I did like your "Alton Brown" Box!  I just use my Weber kettle, but that box looks like fun.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  3. Gosh that Gouda looks good!  I wish I would've thought to get some for my smoke today.  Oh well, now I have a reason to smoke again soon!  LoL!

    I love that cardboard smoker!!!

    Very cool smoke, despite the heat of the day!
  4. Thanks. Can't wait to use it when it's 45 out.
  5. tjohnson

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

    That's the fanciest Cardboard box Smoker I've ever seen!

    You're right, the cheese got a little sweaty, but I've found it takes smoke a little better

    Great Color!

  6. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That looks awesome. If you have not tried the fresh mozzarella in water yet you are really missing out on some great cheese
  7. Thanks guys. I've done cheese in the 40s, 50s and 70s but never the 90s. There's a database in my head holding all this info. Hope I can recall it someday.

    I usually use Poli-O whole milk for my moz. Grew up on it. I think it has more flavor than the fresh stuff. To me anyway. Cold smoking cheese with your design Todd is definitely the deal. There really isn't anything better I can think of. I used to buy smoked cheese. As I look back .... well you know. The box was a revelation. I was at work and saw the box and then the tube and well. Box + Tube = Cold Smoker.
  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Scott---That cheese looks Perfect---Just right !!!!

    I would have thought it was too hot to do cheese right now, without ice.

    I love your nails that color too!  [​IMG]

    Thanks Buddy!

  9. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Great looking cheese, smoked gouda is one of my favorites. [​IMG]
  10. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    OMG!  Those were Scotts nails??  Why didn't his fingernails match his toenails.  Hmmmm?

    Good luck and good smoking.
  11. smokinal

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

    Wow, think what you could do with an old refrigerator box!
  12. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The cheeses look good they will make a good omelet for breakfast
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2011
  13. [​IMG]Yup they are mine. They're just connected to my wife.
  14. I have an old broken fridge Al. It used to be my lagering fridge. I want to move it to the garage and make a cold smoker for bacon. But then I got to move stuff out of the garage first. It's a vicious circle.
  15. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    Cheese looks great. I love the smoker too
  16. glenn t

    glenn t Fire Starter

    I just put a carboard box with a few holes (one on bottom, and two on top) on top of my electric smoker.  The box just sits right on the smoke outlet for the smoker.  Works great. 

    I will say that yours is a LOT more impressive than mine.

    Smoke some shredded cheese for about fifteen minutes and mix a cup of cheese with a brick of cream cheese and then cover with pecans,  You will be a hero!
  17. That sounds like a perfect North Carolina snack Glenn.
  18. brentczech

    brentczech Fire Starter

    Ale Lover,

    Awesome box! I love it. I did something very similar but not as nice. I will be posting on this site soon.

    Great photos also to document the process. I am new to smoking cheese, but not new to smoking foods.

    Looks great!


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