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Hot-smoking at home
Fri 27-Jul-12
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Sounds fun- I will take up smoking (not tobacco) someday- but not using fish- I would be sick!

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

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I have had my professional style smoking cabinet now for almost a week and have tried it a few times now. For fish I have read it is bets to give it a light cure first. I have been using a 75% 25% mix of organic sea salt what_the_heck and demerara sugar.

 

The first fish I tried was some trout fillets. These had an hours curing and then a few hours smoking. At this time I had to use three tea lights to heat and burn the sawdust, this raised the temp to about 45/50. The trout was perfect, nice and tender and smokey. We ate it without any further cooking and had no ill effects. At the same time I did some cheese. This was ok and tasty but the heat  caused some of the fat to leak out, this left the cheese with a slight processed texture. Still very tasty though. Also did some salt at the same time ok

 

My next smoking was with the new cold smoker generator. I have been having a little trouble keeping this burning but have some ideas to help. This time I cured some haddock fillets for about 90 minutes (I think this may be too long as there is a noticeable salty taste, but not overpowering) and then a good smoking. They taste and smell just like commercial ones. I also did some more cheese. This time there was no fat leakage so the texture didn't change. The taste is very good.

 

More playing is required but commercially available suitable wood dust is expensive.

 

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Thu 2-Aug-12
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Whilst chatting about home smoking to the manager of a nice little farm shop today she pointed me to a copy of Dick and James Strawbridge's book Made At Home; Curing and Smoking. I bought a copy.

 

In it they mention needing a good air flow to keep the sawdust smouldering. They suggested using a small 12v computer fan.

 

As I have plenty of 12v rechargable sealed lead acid batteries (including several 38 Amp Hour magic) there is no problem.

 

It seems to be working on a quick test, in fact it might be too good, might have to baffle or reduce the air flow. doh

 

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Sat 4-Aug-12
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Well that seems to have done the trick.  ok

Putting a PC cooling fan inside the smoking chamber is keeping the sawdust smouldering. magic

It didn't appear to be producing much smoke but it soon builds up. It has been going now for almost 3 hours welldone

 

I have just tried one of my first smoked eggs, it was devine...

 

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Last nights smoker load has worked well. ok

The eggs were good, not at all over powered. I also did some good strong cheddar, this has worked well again not over smoked. I had some spare sausages so they went in along with some salt.

 

Not sure what happened but the salt came out rather wet and had to be dried in the oven but it is ok.

Don't know what produced the dampness. what_the_heck

 

I took the three eggs and a chunk of cheese to church this morning and sliced them up and offered them around on Ritz crackers, went down well. Even some of the young children enjoyed them.

 

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Sat 11-Aug-12
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New loading of the smoker this evening when it has cooled down a bit.

More cheese but this time some Stilton as well as cheddar.

A couple of salmon fillets which I have cured in my own cure mixture. Approx 2/3 salt 1/3 dem. sugar and herbs de Province. 

And 5 boiled eggs.

 

Wish me luck ok

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Sat 11-Aug-12
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Wishful Rat!

I'll try that again!

Sat 11-Aug-12
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Toffeeapple said:

Wishful Rat!

okokokokok

big_laughbig_laughbig_laughbig_laughbig_laugh

 

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Sat 11-Aug-12
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I'll try that again!

Sat 11-Aug-12
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The salmon fillets smoking....

 

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Here's a challenge for you, Simon, smoking pears and then making them into pastilles  .... smile

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brightspark said:

Here's a challenge for you, Simon, smoking pears and then making them into pastilles  .... smile

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big_laugh  big_laugh

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They say presentation is everything so here is one of my smoked cheeses all wrapped up.

Would make a nice gift. smile

 

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Nice looking......good for Christmas gifts.  ok ok ok  How does it taste?

 

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