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Unread 10-10-2012, 07:53 PM   #16
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Gator, I don't remember what was in the can, but it was smaller than a coffee can, but not by much. A small coffee can would work just fine, though.

Chris, I have not had to unplug the soldering iron with ordinary wood chips. The trick is to not smoke cheese for too long. It really soaks it up.

Also, don't smoke huge chunks of cheese, or you will have smoke on the outside parts, and not on the inside. I cut my cheese into pieces not more than an inch -- usually less than that. That way, when you serve the cheese, every bite has the same amount of smoke flavor.

Here is a shot of a small cheese smoke I did just for myself. The pieces were between 1/2-inch and 1-inch thick. That seems to work best, to me.



I need to get a grate just for cold smoking, so I don't need the foil.

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I need to get a grate just for cold smoking, so I don't need the foil.

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I just use skewers and lay then perpendicular to the grates and then just place the cheese on top.

Cheapo chopsticks work well too
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Careful Caseydog I've got a patent pending on that unique devise. If you have a great cheese store close see what kind of wood was used for what type of cheese. For instance I can't see using mesquite on baby brie.
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I've used hickory quite a bit with great results.
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A lot of good suggestions...I use a lil chief for cheese. Only suggestion I would add is a little smoke on cheese is better than too much. I usually use pecan, cherry or maple on cheese.
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Actually I'm not opposed to using hickory for cheese, just be careful.

I use the soldering iron/can set up in my Egg. Great list of tips so far.
I'm glad hickory was mentioned, until I got my cold smoke tray I tried many woods. I've found the colder the smoke, and the better quality of smoke.... the better the cheese. And in my cold smoke tray I've tried apple, peach, cherry and hickory. I've actually settled on hickory, and everyone I've given some has agreed they like it best.

That said, equipment makes all the difference. I don't think I could have used a strong wood like hickory in my Little or Big Chiefs.
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I've got a bag of Amaze-N Pitmasters blend being dropped off by UPS today, which is a combo of hickory,cherry & maple. I've got some Tillamook sharp cheddar, Tillamook Pepper Jack, Beechers Flagship (a local cheese made at Pike Place Market), some generic Colby Jack & Monterrey Jack all set to go on this afternoon as long as it doesn't rain too much. I think I'm also going to pick up some raw pecans when I run out for lunch. As far as nuts are concerned pecans are my favorite.
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Has anyone used alder?
If so, how was it? On what kind of cheese?
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I've got a bag of Amaze-N Pitmasters blend being dropped off by UPS today, which is a combo of hickory,cherry & maple. I've got some Tillamook sharp cheddar, Tillamook Pepper Jack, Beechers Flagship (a local cheese made at Pike Place Market), some generic Colby Jack & Monterrey Jack all set to go on this afternoon as long as it doesn't rain too much. I think I'm also going to pick up some raw pecans when I run out for lunch. As far as nuts are concerned pecans are my favorite.
That's a great selection, just sample each type as you go. Colby seems harder for me to get smoke into.

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I've used alder on mild cheddar and also on soft cheeses, but that was with one of my "Chief" smokers. Each smoke generator is different.
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So, here is an interesting twist. Anyone ever mess with adding spices/flavoring to the cheese for smoking?
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So, here is an interesting twist. Anyone ever mess with adding spices/flavoring to the cheese for smoking?
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So, here is an interesting twist. Anyone ever mess with adding spices/flavoring to the cheese for smoking?
How would you go about that? Coat with a rub, brine, marinade?
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here's a pic of uds cheese smoker.

It works great, except im am trying to figure out a better wy to attach the dryer hose to the lid.

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