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Offline pwabrahams

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Cleaning the V tray after smoking drippy cheese
« on: July 28, 2017, 12:21:10 pm »
I'm cold-smoking mozzarella cheese.  Despite using  Frogmats mats on the racks, I still have a noticeable amount of melted cheese and other gunk accumulating on the V drip pan.  I've tried cleaning it with a brush, soap, and water, but that isn't sufficient.  I thought of treating the  V drip pan as a disposable item, but at $25 it's too expensive for that.  So what's a good way to clean it?  Alternatively, can I just give it a quick rinse and let the stuff accumulate for years?

Offline Habanero Smoker

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Re: Cleaning the V tray after smoking drippy cheese
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2017, 12:54:22 pm »
I have a plastic tub big enough to place the V tray (drip tray), and soak it. I like using Dawn Power Clean; though I believe they may have changed the name. I use to find it in BJ's or Costco, but haven't seen it for a while. Luckily I have a stockpile. After soaking for at least 5 minutes I use a heavy duty Scotch Brite pad.

Below is a thread on the subject of cleaning the tray.

Cleaning The V Tray/Drip Tray



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Offline RedJada

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Re: Cleaning the V tray after smoking drippy cheese
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2017, 03:10:44 pm »
For starters if you are dripping cheese cold smoking your still to hot. As for as your cleaning question I have found when the racks, v-tray, etc get too dirty/gunked up. I do a dry run with an extra water bowl. No smoke and run the temp around 150 for a couple hours. After that, take the racks and what not to the kitchen sink and wash. Stuff comes off with ease.

Offline Gafala

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Re: Cleaning the V tray after smoking drippy cheese
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2017, 04:42:08 pm »
After a cold smoke with cheese or any thing else I run everything through the dishwasher every thing comes out like new one and a while there is smoke residue and a 3m pad takes care of that. I'm using the Bradley cold smoke adapter haven't had any temp problems in the unit. I have never had cheese melt in the BDS here is some cheese and garlic we did a while back .




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Offline aha638

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Re: Cleaning the V tray after smoking drippy cheese
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2017, 01:20:12 pm »
I clean my V rack with oven-off - soak in plastic bag!

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Re: Cleaning the V tray after smoking drippy cheese
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2017, 10:35:40 am »
Agree with:
"For starters if you are dripping cheese cold smoking your still to hot. As for as your cleaning question I have found when the racks, v-tray, etc get too dirty/gunked up. I do a dry run with an extra water bowl. No smoke and run the temp around 150 for a couple hours. After that, take the racks and what not to the kitchen sink and wash. Stuff comes off with ease and Masterbuilt electric smoker"

Offline rnmac

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Re: Cleaning the V tray after smoking drippy cheese
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2017, 05:29:25 am »
I have a old roasting pan that is big enough to hold it. Just fill it with hot water and dish soap then let it sit out on the deck overnight. The next day clean-up is easy. Do this with my racks also.