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snccoulter 01-06-2013 04:03 AM

First attempt at Cheese
 
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So my wife got me a cheese making kit for Christmas and I am finally able to give it a try Sunday. I am going to make a farmhouse cheddar, from Home Cheese Making 3rd Edition by Ricki Carroll. Given my propensity to overdue just about anything I take a shining to I built a cheese press today. It only cost me about $35 so my wife thinks we got off easy so far.


snccoulter 01-07-2013 12:17 AM

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The book tells you what you need to know as to when to put presser 10 lbs for 10 min then 20 lbs for 10 min the 50 lbs for 12 to 16 hours... for this cheese so far it has been easy.. i have it hanging right now.


snccoulter 01-07-2013 03:48 AM

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Here is my cheese at apporx. 50 lbs of pressure. Will take it out of the press at about 8 in the morning hopefully it will be ready to dry and then paint with wax in about 4 to 5 days.


snccoulter 01-07-2013 08:01 PM

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Well here is the result of my first attempt at cheese one nice looking cheese wheel I think...


snccoulter 01-14-2013 01:47 AM

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My redneck cold smoker I built it today I built it with the 2 plastic buckets some flexible ducting and a computer fan to draw the smoke from the smoker through the ducting and the plastic containers. Don't forget the duct tape I used to seal everything off. I figure the smoke will cool down enough while going through the ducting it will be able to cool off even more in the first plastic box then be pushed into the second plastic container then out the smoke stack. I will use it to smoke my next batch of cheddar and to smoke my own bacon on Friday. I have the pork belly coming into Safeway here in the next day or two. I am also told that smoked deviled eggs are the bomb...
Here is a pic of my first cheddar all done up in cheese wax.
And here is a pic of the lasagna I cooked with my fresh mozzarella it was good...


snccoulter 01-14-2013 01:47 AM

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My redneck cold smoker I built it today I built it with the 2 plastic buckets some flexible ducting and a computer fan to draw the smoke from the smoker through the ducting and the plastic containers. Don't forget the duct tape I used to seal everything off. I figure the smoke will cool down enough while going through the ducting it will be able to cool off even more in the first plastic box then be pushed into the second plastic container then out the smoke stack. I will use it to smoke my next batch of cheddar and to smoke my own bacon on Friday. I have the pork belly coming into Safeway here in the next day or two. I am also told that smoked deviled eggs are the bomb...
Here is a pic of my first cheddar all done up in cheese wax.
And here is a pic of the lasagna I cooked with my fresh mozzarella it was good...


snccoulter 01-14-2013 01:47 AM

3 Attachment(s)

My redneck cold smoker I built it today I built it with the 2 plastic buckets some flexible ducting and a computer fan to draw the smoke from the smoker through the ducting and the plastic containers. Don't forget the duct tape I used to seal everything off. I figure the smoke will cool down enough while going through the ducting it will be able to cool off even more in the first plastic box then be pushed into the second plastic container then out the smoke stack. I will use it to smoke my next batch of cheddar and to smoke my own bacon on Friday. I have the pork belly coming into Safeway here in the next day or two. I am also told that smoked deviled eggs are the bomb...
Here is a pic of my first cheddar all done up in cheese wax.
And here is a pic of the lasagna I cooked with my fresh mozzarella it was good...



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