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Smoking Techniques => Cold Smoking => Topic started by: Max on May 12, 2012, 07:08:20 am

Title: Did I ruin the cheese?
Post by: Max on May 12, 2012, 07:08:20 am
I smoked 1 lb chunks of cheddar, Gouda, and pepper jack for 2 hrs. The cabin temp was around 90 degrees. The cheese started to sag a bit thru the grates and had a pretty good amount of sweat at the end. Not melted but soft to the touch. Where do you draw the line between keep vs toss?
Title: Re: Did I ruin the cheese?
Post by: muebe on May 12, 2012, 07:10:40 am
It will be fine. Let it get cold in the fridge and air dry for a few hour. Then wipe down and vac seal it. Wait a month before eating.

It will look strange but still be edible ;)
Title: Re: Did I ruin the cheese?
Post by: Quarlow on May 12, 2012, 08:35:33 am
What he said. 1 Month minimum.
Title: Re: Did I ruin the cheese?
Post by: pensrock on May 12, 2012, 10:25:30 am
Like the others said, it will be fine. pat dry and cool to firm back up.
Title: Re: Did I ruin the cheese?
Post by: SiFumar on May 12, 2012, 03:39:47 pm
Like the others said give it time.  No cheese is ruined, can always grate into something!
Title: Re: Did I ruin the cheese?
Post by: Max on May 12, 2012, 05:45:54 pm
Thanks. Most of it would get grated anyway, so I'm glad it is not a waste.
Title: Re: Did I ruin the cheese?
Post by: watchdog56 on May 14, 2012, 08:19:38 am
Next time you could throw a bowl of ice in there to help with the temp.
Title: Re: Did I ruin the cheese?
Post by: Kahunas on May 14, 2012, 12:46:59 pm
The only time you are really in trouble is when you cut the cheese and it smokes...........BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Title: Re: Did I ruin the cheese?
Post by: MrSlick on May 14, 2012, 02:44:44 pm
Like the others said give it time.  No cheese is ruined, can always grate into something!

+1 on the grating.  My first batch of cheese melted quite a bit.  After a month the worst looking melted stuff was grated and used on pizza.  Best pizza ever!
Title: Re: Did I ruin the cheese?
Post by: Habanero Smoker on May 15, 2012, 02:40:48 am
Grating does work well. Besides the tip MrSlick posted; when I make grill cheese sandwiches from smoked cheese I grate the cheese instead of slicing it.

MrSlick;

Welcome to the forum.
Title: Re: Did I ruin the cheese?
Post by: 4given on June 20, 2012, 11:33:49 am
Yeah we did that ona batch of cheddar. It was ugly but it tasted just fine.  We liked to slice it up, arrange it in one layer on a dinner plate then mircowave it untill it starts to bubble then eat in on Ritz  crackers. Yum! ;)