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    Posted: 29 April 2010 at 02:41
I'm going to be smoking up some gouda, mozzarella and muenster this weekend and I'm curious. How long do you folks let the finished product sit in the fridge before you taste it? I know it has to "cure" some, but I'm not sure how long to let it go before I cut and eat it.
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overnight seems to be good enough, but of course it is one of those things where "the longer the better" is the rule.....up to a point!
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Gotcha Ron, and thanks...I don't think I could have waited a week.
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Two weeks.  It takes about that long for all the flavours to come together.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote pitrow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2012 at 14:09
I find it kind of depends on the cheese and how much smoke you put to it.

Harder cheeses and/or heavier smoke I like to let rest longer. I'd start sampling it after a week or so, and find where you like it.

Softer cheeses or stuff you do with less smoke seems to mellow out faster. I did a batch of cheese curds once and they were mellowed out nice two days after the smoke. The chili pepper/garlic cheddar I did at the same time took about a week to mellow out to my liking.

but then again,  it's all up to your personal tastes. If it tastes good to you the next day or even right out of the smoker, then go for it! Smile
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Yes & no IMO. Obviously different cheeses will need different amounts of smoke.  My opinion is that regardless of the cheese and/or the smoke, it takes about 2 weeks for the flavours to blend properly. At that point IMO it's good for everyone. Of course some may like the cheese right off the smoker some may not. I feel that if you wait 2 weeks, everyone is happy.

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Guys,
 
Interesting Post ...
 
I would like to smoke some Italian Bufala di Mozzarella, Provolone and Home Made Ricotta.
 
Any steps 1 - 10 on how to do´s ?
 
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My initial advice to you Margi, would be to use a very low temperature in your smoker, and to watch it carefully or you can wind up with something that looks like this.

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Hi Margi;

Here's a simple way to make smoked cheese;


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Margi Cintrano Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 July 2012 at 09:01
AK1,
 
Truly appreciate your helpfulness and for sending me the link.
 
Have a lovely Sunday. I shall take a more in depth look at the website you have sent me, during the week and clarify some points I am sure right here.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AK1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 July 2012 at 20:11
You are very welcome Margi.

I'd love to be more specific but to do so I need to know what equipment you have, where you want to smoke, etc.

The most important thing will be cold smoke. You'll want little to no heat coming through, as that will cause the cheese to start melting.
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Today's cheese smoke is on.
My handy dandy AMNPS


White cheddar, sharp cheddar and pepper jack.  These will be under maple and cherry smoke for 4 hours then placed in a plastic bag to be put in the fridge overnight.  They will be vac sealed tomorrow then the wait begins.  Minimum 2 weeks before opening.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Effigy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 December 2013 at 23:42
Oh yummmmmmm, I love smoked cheese but wouldn't know where to begin to make it - assuming I even owned a smoker. Well I can dream along with your posts.
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I've had to purchase every piece of smoked cheese I've ever eaten. There was a time when I would eat a turkey and smoked gouda cheese sandwich almost every day.
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Store bought "smoked" cheese is not actually smoked.  It is bathed in smoke flavoring.  Were you to serve home smoked cheese side by side with store bought, the difference would be immediate and dramatic. Store bought smoked cheese elicits a "I like smoked cheese" reaction whereas home smoke cheese gets more of a "Be still my beating heart.  Where have you been all my life?"

Home smoked cheese is an outstanding treat well worth the minimal effort it takes to produce it.  It also makes for a wonderful, much appreciated holiday gift. 

The only requirements are cool temps and a cold smoker of some sort.  Heck, with an AMNPS you could use a vented cardboard box as the cabinet if you wanted to.  Yes, its just that easy.  Cooler temps are why cheese smoking begins in November and ends in the Spring.  It can still be done with added ice but I just keep it a seasonal thing.

I'll be smoking gouda and provolone today for more unsuspecting recipients.

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Originally posted by gracoman gracoman wrote:

  Cooler temps are why cheese smoking begins in November and ends in the Spring.  It can still be done with added ice but I just keep it a seasonal thing.

   That's really good advice.  No need for ice at all...we've already got a cold box to begin with.  When cold smoking in my smoker, I usually just light a corner of two pieces of lump...then place two pieces of smokin' wood on top of that...plenty of smoke and it doesn't heat up the chamber.  But add in the seasonal weather and it would be even better.

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assuming I even owned a smoker.

Anne, it's easy to assume, from the literature and specialized web sites, that you need a lot of fancy equipment to smoke foods. Nothing is further from the truth.

A smoker consists of an enclosed container and a smoke generator. That last just means a heat source to get the wood to smoulder.

I used to make smokers from galvanized trash cans, using a charcoal starter as the heat source and a tin pie pan to hold the chips. Heat was controlled with a rheostat (read "dimmer switch).

I've seen some rather good results from a cardboard box as the chamber, with the smoke led to it with some duct work.

So don't let the lack of equipment deter you from enjoying home-smoked foods. Smoking is the ultimate in making-do with what you have.
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What Brook said. 

Just think about what you need.... a smoke source, a way to bring that smoke cold to an enclosed chamber with the cheese in it. Easy peasy!!!
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Originally posted by gracoman gracoman wrote:

MacGyver one
http://www.ourkrazzykitchen.com/2010/12/how-to-make-your-own-smoked-cheese.html

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... off course I'm not sure that the original contents of the box will be any cheaper than a smoker, but that's the magic of womanly persuasion. Evil Smile

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