Cold Smoking in the cold

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Cold Smoking in the cold

Post by workingpoor » Sun Dec 23, 2012 16:20

I am putting this here as it relates to my fermented sausages. I am about to start another batch of pepperoni (slow version). I want to cold smoke them (I know that this is not traditional in Italy, but I am not Italian and like the taste). My question is that I see that it calls to cold smoke at 72F. Well, it is around 34F here. Will sitting at that temp for 8 hours negatively affect the microbiology in the recently fermented sausage? I know that bacertia slow down in the cold I just want to make sure I am not putting the brakes on my hungry little bacteria to much.

Also, I can't do the semi dry version right now because I have no culture.
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Post by redzed » Sun Dec 23, 2012 18:47

Fermented products can be cold smoked any time during the dry cure process, so you have a longer window of opportunity to smoke your pepperoni. 34°F is quite cold, almost freezing, so I would not risk putting freshly fermented sausage into that environment. Can you not raise the temp in the smoker by about 10 degrees?
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Post by workingpoor » Sun Dec 23, 2012 19:00

I have been using my propane hot smoker box and just putting an amaze-n smoker in it. Even on low my crappy smoker chugs along at 140
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Post by crustyo44 » Sun Dec 23, 2012 19:37

Hi Workingpoor,
Instead of using propane as a heat source, use a small electric hotplate on the lowest setting with a cast iron pot it acting as a heatbank to stop temperatures fluctuating to much.
A bit of trial and error required with notes taken for future use.
You should be able to raise the temp 10 degrees as Red suggest.
YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!
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