How To Smoke Cheese
Knowing how to smoke cheese at home, will not only allow you to serve one of the most sublime epicurean treats to your guests but also help you to save several bucks. Not sure about how to achieve this task, worry not for here is a list of tips that will help you prepared gourmet style smoked cheese at your home. So read on…
Tips To Smoking Cheese
Cold smoking is the easiest way to smoke cheese at home. Cold smoking means smoking food items at a temperature which is much lower than normally required smoking temperatures. To smoke cheese using this method, all you need is grill with a tight lid and charcoal at lower quantities than what is required for smoking fish or meat. Read to know how you can smoke cheese using cold smoking method.
1. Arrange Cheese On A Tray
Unpack the cheese and arrange on a cookie sheet or tray and keep aside, allowing to stand at room temperature for about an hour. You will notice a skin on the cheese which will prevent the cheese from melting while being grilled, at the same time enabling proper penetration of smoke.
2. Soak Wood Chips In Water
Immerse about ½ cup aromatic wood chips in water and let them soak for 1 hour. It is preferable to choose woods according to cheese to be smoked. If you wish to smoke cheese like Provolone or Mozzarella, then use apple wood, while hickory is good for smoking Gouda cheese.
3. Set Up The Grill
Place 7 to 8 charcoal briquettes at the center of the grill and light them. Allow to burn till coals turn white.
4. Add Wood Chips To Coal
Take out the soaked wood chips and add to the burnt coal. Arrange the wired cooking rack on the grill.
5. Arrange Cheese On Grill
Arrange cheese over the aluminum pans with ice chips around the cheese. Once the grill starts to smoke properly, place the pans on the grill’s outer side, and allow the cheese to absorb the smoke.
6. Smoke For 30 minutes
Cover the grill, keeping the side and top open, and allow the cheese to smoke for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, check the warmth of cheese. Remove the melted ice from the pans. Add some more soaked chips if more smoke is required.
7. Smoke Cheese Till Desired Flavor
Check occasionally and allow smoking to continue until desired smoky flavor is reached.Remove from grill, cool and wrap using a plastic food wrap. Refrigerate for future use.
So next time you plan a party, smoke cheese and serve hot as a snack or as an appetizer without worrying about the cash spent at the gourmet store.
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