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Smoked Cheese Update

OnegrecookOnegrecook Posts: 121
edited August 2012 in EggHead Forum
Ok...the other day I posted about my smoked cheese tasting funny. It's been in the fridge for a few days and it's disgusting! It tastes like I dragged an old truck tire into a small room, smoked 100 cartons of cigarettes, let the smoke get stale, then ripped off a chunk of the tire and ate it. Not good! Not sure if I smoked it too long or what, but it's nasty.


  • bud812bud812 Posts: 1,574
    Back to the drawin board. I wanted to try it too but I'll pass for now.

    Not to get technical, but according to chemistry alcohol is a solution...

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  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,875
    Will your dog eat it? Maybe use it as catfish bait?

    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • OnegrecookOnegrecook Posts: 121 will eat it. I gave her a bite and she ate it.
  • misumisu Posts: 213
    Try the soldering iron method, I smoked a lot of cheese earlier in the year when it was cold outside and they all came out great. All types of cheese too, I even tried feta :)

  • bettysnephewbettysnephew Posts: 1,042
    edited August 2012
    I also have had good luck with the soldering iron method.  Get the lowest wattage iron you can find or use a solid state speed or lighting controller to keep the smoke at a low level.  A 35 watt iron is plenty from what I can see. My procedure uses only about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of fruit wood so the smoke doesn't get too heavy, as the flavor seems to grow while in the fridge.  I have used my old W kettle for this also and it actually seems to work just a little better than the Egg ( I know sacrilege!).  I surmise due to the metal shell shedding the heat more easily during the cold smoke process.  I finally found a use for the W besides storing Eggcessories.  I also have put the cheese in the freezer for a short time before the smoking and it tastes a little smokier at the end product, like meat put in the Egg cold vs. room temperature.
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  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,421
    with the cheese cold run a brick under the faucet....wash off some of the smoke, dry with paper towel and back in the fridge for a day before taste testing again.....if that does not work, trim off the exterior and taste again.

    my hunch is because of the summer time heat, the cheese softened (sweated to much) when smoking allowing the smoke to do the nasty.   

    I don't smoke cheese until the outdoor temps are 50ish, easier to keep the egg under 100 degree by the dome thermometer....  

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  • OnegrecookOnegrecook Posts: 121
    Good advise guys...thank you. I did notice some condensation on the cheese after I smoked it. I'm sure that was due to the ice just below it. What does that do to the flavor, or how does that make it worse? It sounds like that is the's just not a very clean smoke taste.
  • misumisu Posts: 213
    I used a pan of ice under the cheese in late spring with my soldering iron setup with no difference in taste, that's not it. What briquettes did you use?
  • OnegrecookOnegrecook Posts: 121
    The only briquettes I could find were these. I made sure the weren't match light. Do you think this is the problem?

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  • OnegrecookOnegrecook Posts: 121
    I also made sure they were fully in very ashy before starting.
  • misumisu Posts: 213
    those look fine to me, how hot was outside when you were doing this?
  • It was warm...I don't recall the exact temp. The dome gauge never got above 80 or least not close to 100.
  • LoggerLogger Posts: 240
    Ohhh...never use briquets...only lump which is natural...
    Give that stuff to somebody else.
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  • egretegret Posts: 4,041
    The only briquettes I could find were these. I made sure the weren't match light. Do you think this is the problem? Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
    Those will work fine......I've been doing smoked cheese for many years now and all I ever use is briquets. Here's a link for the process I use :

  • smaschsmasch Posts: 115
    Costco cheddar, egg at 250 with mucho grande smoke, wrap cheese in cheese cloth soaked in Wesson oil 3 times and place in a loaf pan.  Smoke 2 hours, take out of smoker and cool in pan 24 hours.  Works first time every time.  
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