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What is Cold Smoking

What is Cold Smoking

Cold smoking is the process of smoking meat, cheese or other food for several hours in a closed smoker or grill at temperatures typically below 100 degrees Fahrenheit. For meat and seafood, the cold-smoking process can take 12-24 hours, while cold smoking cheese takes about two to four hours. Unlike hot smoking, cold smoking allows food to be smoked without cooking so it can be prepared and served later.

One of the most important aspects of cold smoking is ensuring that the temperature remains low. It's best to complete this process during cool weather seasons, as the internal temperature of a smoker will be easier to control and monitor. Before cold smoking, food is typically cured with salt or a brine to preserve it through the smoking process.

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Foods that are often cold smoked:

  • Salmon
  • Cheese
  • Sausage

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