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Offline Roget

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Cheese & Spam
« on: December 01, 2016, 11:31:55 am »
I did some cold smoking yesterday.
I smoked 15 lbs. of cheese & 1 lb. of spam.

This is the first 4 trays
I always cut mine into small portions before smoking in order to get more surface area.


I didn't get a picture of the second smoke. V started wrapping it before I thought to get one.

These three pictures show all I smoked yesterday.
I had 3 varieties of cheddar, swiss, farmers, havarti, jarlsberg, pepper jack, & Spam.   






I know many, if not most, say to wait 4-6 weeks before eating the smoked cheese.
I have eaten it after a month, but I prefer to wait at least 2 or three months.
I think it just gets better & better the longer it sets.
I actually think it is at it's best after about 4-5 months.

I ran completely out before I smoked this, so I'm pretty sure this batch won't make it that long.
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Offline Edward176

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Re: Cheese & Spam
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2016, 02:08:12 pm »
Wow, looks real good! When you say "I actually think it is at it's best after about 4-5 months" I'm wondering how you keep/store it? Do you freeze it or wrap it and leave it in the fridge? I too have made smoked cheese and find it tastes more "flavourable" after a week or even 2 but I just wrap it in Cling Wrap and leave it in the fridge. And how long will it keep in the fridge?

Offline Roget

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Re: Cheese & Spam
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2016, 02:19:11 pm »

Wow, looks real good! When you say "I actually think it is at it's best after about 4-5 months" I'm wondering how you keep/store it? Do you freeze it or wrap it and leave it in the fridge? I too have made smoked cheese and find it tastes more "flavourable" after a week or even 2 but I just wrap it in Cling Wrap and leave it in the fridge. And how long will it keep in the fridge?

I wrap it in plastic wrap, then vacuum seal it & into the fridge.
It will keep indefinitely as long as the air doesn't get to it.
After so long it might get a little mold on it.
I have kept it in the fridge for more than a year without it molding.

Don't freeze it. Frozen cheese is not good.
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Offline randy1

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Re: Cheese & Spam
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2016, 04:44:18 pm »
Looks really good so out of all those which do you like the best think I might have to try some . Randy

Offline Roget

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Re: Cheese & Spam
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2016, 05:34:54 pm »
I have smoked a lot of cheese & like the cheddar & Swiss the best.
My son also likes cheddar best, but my wife likes a softer cheese. something like the Jarlsberg.
Gouda is also very good, but I didn't do any this time.
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