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Smoking some cheese

Rolling EggRolling Egg Posts: 1,995
edited 12:54AM in EggHead Forum
Ok, I wasn't going to do cheese this year but Hoss pushed me right on over the edge yesterday with his post. I picked up 10 blocks of pepper jack, and about 15 blocks of cheddar today at wally world. My plan is using the soldering iron and going about an hour on the smoke. Apple will be the choice of wood and I guess this year I will get to skip the ice tray, because its currently 22 degrees outside. I think I may leave my cheese on a cookie sheet outside for about an hour after smoking to air out and then into ziplocks to finish the mellowing in the fridge for a week. I figure at 22 degrees I don't have to worry about insects getting on it while it's resting. Anybody else have any great ideas or advice?

Update: I just finished up and ended up going an hour and fifteen minutes total time. I went almost two hours on the last batch and it was too smokey for my liking, so I trimmed it back this year. I had to stand a few sticks up to gain some more real estate, but I did get it all on there. Going into ziplocks now and into the fridge. I probably will foodsaver them in about four days.
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  • hornhonkhornhonk Posts: 3,841
    Wow, small world! I'm doing the same thing tomorrow. I picked up my cheese today and did a clean-out burn on one of my larges. I could only find pecan chips, though. My butcher ran out of apple. I've smoked lots of cheese with the apple and love it. I've never smoked cheese with the pecan. I've done other cooks with it, however. Should I go ahead or wait until I find some apple? Oh yea, I use the bean can and soldering iron method, too. Love it!
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    DO IT!!! ;) Afterall,it's gonna be gifts.Who cares about the bugs?! :laugh: :)
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    Pecan will be fine.TRUST ME! :evil: Really pecan is my go to wood.It is probably the MOST versatile wood of all I've ever used! :)
  • hornhonkhornhonk Posts: 3,841
    Thanks, Hoss. The smoke will be billowing in the morning! :laugh: B) :P
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    :) Best of luck. :)
  • Rolling EggRolling Egg Posts: 1,995
    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
  • Last year and the first batch of this year I used a fruit wood blend for my smoke but last trip to everything BBQ they had some chips made from the oak barrels used to age wine. I picked up a bag of merlot and a bag of cabernet. The last batch of cheese I did I used the cabernet and we just opened the first stick of swiss....AMAZING!!!

    Good luck, you'll love it!!

    Bruce
  • hornhonkhornhonk Posts: 3,841
    Bruce, would you mind stuffing your bus full of that wood and taking a drive down Plano way? :woohoo: I mean, what the heck, I'm sure you don't have anything else to do... :whistle: :evil:
  • And it gets smaller all the time...
    I too will be smoking cheese tomorrow morning :) !
    NO! I don't think you need to worry about bugs....Not sure about you folk, but we don't even get Snow Flees until Feb.
    I won't need to worry about an ice tray either, with a low of -11 F. tonight and a high 15 forecast for tomorrow :woohoo: :woohoo: .
    I'll be doing Sharp Cheddar, Colby, Swiss and Pepper Jack.
    This week is busy, busy, busy with the Reif production of the Nutcracker, but next week I'm going to roast some nuts too! Going to try it with Little Steven's "Garam Masala Spice" ideas.
    Happy Holidays!
  • Rolling EggRolling Egg Posts: 1,995
    Not quiet that cold here. I am holding 39 degrees inside the dome with no ice tray. Not too bad.
  • I'll be doing mine with Apple...BUT...I agree that Pecan is a great "go to" wood (wish I didn't have to "try" to find it and buy it in a bag, but it dosen't grow here!
    Another great "go to" is Wild (or Black) Cherry! That I have growing here and it too, is some wonderful smoke-wood!
  • Do you have a recipe you can point me to?
  • Rolling EggRolling Egg Posts: 1,995
    Here's the direction to smoke cheese with the soldering iron. The tray of ice is neccesary if the out side temps are not cold enough to keep the cheese from getting soft. As you can tell I had to use the tray the first time I did it because it was in the 70's outside. Last night it was in the teens here, so there was no need for the ice tray. Heres the link.

    http://www.eggheadforum.com/index.php?option=com_simpleboard&func=view&id=699255&catid=1#
  • Hoss
    Pecan wood used to be impossible to find around here NOW weber sells chunks and chips of it (just like their hickory and apple) and most ACE and True Value Hardware stores carry them. I stocked up on an end of season sale.
  • beesbees Posts: 335
    That sounds great. I'm new to the forum but have become addicted. It's the first thing I do at work after checking business e-mail. I'm in Montgomery and wanted to know when and where there are eggfests in this paart of the country. Thanks much.
    Randy
  • Rolling EggRolling Egg Posts: 1,995
    Not really sure about local gatherings down your way. As far as real deal eggfest, their is one in Gulfport, MS every year I believe, a couple in Fl every year, and also the big one in October in Atlanta. There's always local dealers doing demo's that turn into eggfest sometimes.
  • beesbees Posts: 335
    Thanks
  • hornhonkhornhonk Posts: 3,841
    Mines done! I found a bag of apple chips hidden in the garage. :) I'll take a pic after I foodsaver it later today.
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    Very Nice! ;)
  • Hey Steve, can't load the bus with it but I may end up in Longview on Christmas...if we route through Dallas I'll be glad to bring you some!

    Bruce
  • Randy,

    The 2nd Annual Gulfcoast Eggfest is April 9 in Gulfport, MS.

    You can probably get more info by Goggling. More details will show up here on the Forum,as well as a banner, as we get closer to April.

    I cooked at the fest last year and we had a blast.
  • hornhonkhornhonk Posts: 3,841
    Bruce, that would be great!
  • hornhonkhornhonk Posts: 3,841
    Here's my "Tub 'O Smoked Cheese" from today. I still smell like smoke. :P

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  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    Lookin good,Cuz! ;)
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