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Melvang's Smoked Cheese [reopening, see bottom post]
« on: Thu, 04 February 2016, 20:09:20 »
So as some of you remember, I did a GB type buy for some of my smoked cheese.  I know I stated it was a 3 cheese blend, but when I was at the store talking to the guy behind the cheese counter, I learned that 2 of the cheeses I was using were the same thing.  So, for the upcoming buys, I will actually be using 3 cheeses.  The three I am using will be romano, reggiano, and asiago.  I am not sure what you would call this type of buy, but here is how it will work.  The buy link will stay open during the season which I can smoke the cheese without to much worry about melting due to temps in the smoker.  I do hope to aleviate this issue this summer with a home built smoker that separates the smoke/charcoal chamber from the meat and cheese chamber with enough distance to prevent the cheese from heating to the point of melting.  I doubt I will be able to do cheddar and other higher moisture content cheeses, but I am hoping I can do the Italian low moisture "granular" style cheeses.

Either way, this will be a rolling style buy.  The link stays open and when I hit a determined number of portions ordered I will buy, smoke, send invoices, and mail.  I think I am going to start with setting the number of portions to 50.  This may change, I just don't know yet.  Haven't looked that much into asiago to see what it typically gets sold in for weights. 

Prices are going to stay the same for now, $5 per 1/2 cup portion of preshreded blend + shipping + PayPal fees ($.30+2.9%).  At this point I am considering a bit of a discount for a larger orders, over 5 portions, and I will give a fairly serious discount for anyone that wants to buy the cheese in full blocks, not shredded.  This option can include any combination of the 3 cheeses listed.  Last I checked shipping in a flat rate priority box was $6.80, though I believe you can get a bit of a discount printing directly from paypal.  The cavet here is I can only ship to the address registered to the paypal account.  So, as of me writing this, I will ship to registered paypal address for that price, or to any other address for the $6.80.  Also, I apologize, I can only support CONUS shipping.  Me personally, I am pretty adventurous about eating stuff that has sat on the counter overnight and such, but I am paranoid about sending this anywhere with longer than 3 day shipping. 

Thank you for your time and ordering my cheese.  All porceeds will be going towards funding my mill that I will be using to make some kick ass stuff for the forums.

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Re: Melvang's Almost Never Ending Smoked Cheese
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 04 February 2016, 20:09:45 »
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Re: Melvang's Almost Never Ending Smoked Cheese
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 04 February 2016, 20:10:13 »
Reserved for recipes.  If you want something posted here, please PM me.
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Re: Melvang's Almost Never Ending Smoked Cheese
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 05 February 2016, 05:36:34 »
Out of curiosity, where are you getting your cheese?
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Re: Melvang's Almost Never Ending Smoked Cheese
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 05 February 2016, 06:28:02 »
Out of curiosity, where are you getting your cheese?

The cheese counter at a local grocery store.  I know it isn't a super high quality cheese, but I know the reggiano and the romano are both broken off a larger wheel in store.  Not sure about the asiago.
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Re: Melvang's Almost Never Ending Smoked Cheese
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 05 February 2016, 06:29:37 »
Turn excess cheese into vape juice. vape the smoked cheese. then you will be smoking smoked cheese (sort of)

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Re: Melvang's Almost Never Ending Smoked Cheese
« Reply #6 on: Fri, 05 February 2016, 06:35:08 »
i'm very interested in this cheese but only if it comes in the shape of an artisan keycap.

artisan cheese cap.
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Re: Melvang's Almost Never Ending Smoked Cheese
« Reply #7 on: Fri, 05 February 2016, 06:42:26 »
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Re: Melvang's Almost Never Ending Smoked Cheese
« Reply #8 on: Fri, 05 February 2016, 15:44:29 »
Count me in on deliciousness!

Willing to buy >=5 "chunks" un-grated.

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Re: Melvang's Almost Never Ending Smoked Cheese
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 05 February 2016, 22:00:01 »
I love the idea of buying the un-grated chunks. I didn't even think about how much work shredding all that cheese must have been for you. Besides, there's something alluring about shredding on-demand...it makes you look like you know what you're doing.

And when it comes to eating cheese, I know what I'm doing.

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Re: Melvang's Almost Never Ending Smoked Cheese
« Reply #10 on: Fri, 05 February 2016, 23:55:31 »
I love the idea of buying the un-grated chunks. I didn't even think about how much work shredding all that cheese must have been for you. Besides, there's something alluring about shredding on-demand...it makes you look like you know what you're doing.

And when it comes to eating cheese, I know what I'm doing.

++ to ungrated cheese...

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Re: Melvang's Almost Never Ending Smoked Cheese
« Reply #11 on: Sat, 13 February 2016, 19:25:15 »
Sorry about the delay guys.  Work, kids, etc.  Anyway, I am aware the OP is missing the link.  I will be redoing the form to allow options for ungrated blocks and such.  The price for ungrated will be $10 + expenses. 
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Re: Melvang's Almost Never Ending Smoked Cheese Now with LINK
« Reply #12 on: Mon, 15 February 2016, 10:05:37 »
Sorry about the delay guys.  Work, kids, etc.  Anyway, I am aware the OP is missing the link.  I will be redoing the form to allow options for ungrated blocks and such.  The price for ungrated will be $10 + expenses. 

so 1/2 cup un-grated?

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Re: Melvang's Almost Never Ending Smoked Cheese Now with LINK
« Reply #13 on: Mon, 15 February 2016, 10:46:42 »
Sorry about the delay guys.  Work, kids, etc.  Anyway, I am aware the OP is missing the link.  I will be redoing the form to allow options for ungrated blocks and such.  The price for ungrated will be $10 + expenses. 

so 1/2 cup un-grated?
Full blocks only for ungrated.  The price for blocks varies because they are broke off full wheels. 
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Re: Melvang's Almost Never Ending Smoked Cheese Now with LINK
« Reply #14 on: Mon, 15 February 2016, 10:57:23 »
So can we order blocks or no?

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Re: Melvang's Almost Never Ending Smoked Cheese Now with LINK
« Reply #15 on: Mon, 15 February 2016, 12:13:39 »
So can we order blocks or no?

I will get the link posted tonight.

Edit:  Will get it posted this weekend when I get a chance to go to the store and scope out general prices and actual weights of blocks.  Sorry for the delay.  I just want to make sure everything is as transparent as I can.
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Re: Melvang's Almost Never Ending Smoked Cheese Now with LINK
« Reply #16 on: Tue, 16 February 2016, 10:15:50 »
Transparent is good. Nobody's rushing. (Ok. I'm not rushing.)

Thanks for doing this!

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Re: Melvang's Almost Never Ending Smoked Cheese Now with LINK
« Reply #17 on: Thu, 03 March 2016, 10:14:02 »
Cheese? In blocks? :(

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Re: Melvang's Almost Never Ending Smoked Cheese Now with LINK
« Reply #18 on: Fri, 11 March 2016, 08:53:08 »
The cheese went up in smoke

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Re: Melvang's Almost Never Ending Smoked Cheese Now with LINK
« Reply #19 on: Sat, 12 March 2016, 01:52:43 »
I cant figure out if this is actually cheese or some kind of inside joke calling keycaps cheese.

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Re: Melvang's Almost Never Ending Smoked Cheese Now with LINK
« Reply #20 on: Sat, 12 March 2016, 12:12:30 »
I cant figure out if this is actually cheese or some kind of inside joke calling keycaps cheese.

It's actually delicious smoked cheeses.

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Re: Melvang's Almost Never Ending Smoked Cheese Now with LINK
« Reply #21 on: Sat, 12 March 2016, 12:34:45 »
I cant figure out if this is actually cheese or some kind of inside joke calling keycaps cheese.

It's actually delicious smoked cheeses.

Haha that's great! I wish I lived in the states

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Re: Melvang's Almost Never Ending Smoked Cheese Now with LINK
« Reply #22 on: Sat, 12 March 2016, 19:38:55 »
I hate to say it guys, but as it happens this time of year and living in Iowa, the weather is unpredictable this time of the year.  But I am going to have suspend this service until this fall.  The weather has gotten to warm for both running the cheese through the smoker and for shipping in what I deem a safe manor.

I will leave the link up for those that still want to place orders for individual portions.  Confirmation PMs and an announcement will be made here as well.
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Re: Melvang's Smoked Cheese [Suspended until Fall due to Temp]
« Reply #23 on: Sun, 13 March 2016, 13:16:30 »
That's unfortunate, but thank you for the update. I look forward to blocks of smoked cheese in the Fall. Thanks for doing this.  :thumb:

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Re: Melvang's Smoked Cheese [Suspended until Fall due to Temp]
« Reply #24 on: Wed, 14 September 2016, 21:04:27 »
Is it fall yet? I demand smoked cheeses! :P

Also, apologies for the Necro. But he did say check back in fall!

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Re: Melvang's Smoked Cheese [Suspended until Fall due to Temp]
« Reply #25 on: Wed, 14 September 2016, 21:12:27 »
Thanks for the necro!  I wouldn't have seen it otherwise... sounds tasty!

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Re: Melvang's Smoked Cheese [Suspended until Fall due to Temp]
« Reply #26 on: Wed, 14 September 2016, 22:04:38 »
Is it fall yet? I demand smoked cheeses! :P

Also, apologies for the Necro. But he did say check back in fall!

Getting close.
Thanks for the necro!  I wouldn't have seen it otherwise... sounds tasty!

It is.

I will be posting an update in the OP sometime Soon™.

All seriousness though.  I probably won't do any cheese until I am done with my current job.  For those that don't know, I work in the union construction trades as a millwright.  As a result, I have to travel for work.  The contractor I have been working for the last 4 years or so hasn't really had me traveling for extended periods of time.  But I do work out of town a lot.  I am currently working at a facility that manufactures a lot of livestock vaccines, particularly rabies.  We are installing a plant addition.  In the last week, I have personally been involved in offloading over 75 tons of machinery and parts.  Three of which included a 16,000 pound reefer unit, a 25,000 pound condenser unit, and today we set the 44,000 pound freeze dryer up on its base.  That one shipped on its side, so that was extra fun.  Long story short, I am working 10 hour days, possibly 12's and some Saterdays in the future, plus it is a 2 hour drive with picking up a co worker on the way.
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Re: Melvang's Smoked Cheese [Suspended until Fall due to Temp]
« Reply #27 on: Thu, 15 September 2016, 04:01:39 »
Jesus man. Stay sane out there :)

I was kidding about demanding them. Just figured i'd check to see if you were planning on bringing them back :)

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Re: Melvang's Smoked Cheese [Suspended until Fall due to Temp]
« Reply #28 on: Thu, 15 September 2016, 06:31:48 »
Jesus man. Stay sane out there :)

I was kidding about demanding them. Just figured i'd check to see if you were planning on bringing them back :)

All good man, no worries. I am planning on bringing them back.

If anyone is worried about the shelf life.  I am still eating off a bag from this spring that has not been in the freezer. 
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Re: Melvang's Smoked Cheese [Suspended until Fall due to Temp]
« Reply #29 on: Thu, 15 September 2016, 20:33:53 »
Damn, when you get around to doing this buy, Ill be down for some. You're making me hungry!

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Re: Melvang's Smoked Cheese [Suspended until Fall due to Temp]
« Reply #30 on: Fri, 16 September 2016, 01:21:08 »
Are there any pictures? I'm super interested!

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Re: Melvang's Smoked Cheese [Suspended until Fall due to Temp]
« Reply #31 on: Fri, 16 September 2016, 08:09:54 »
Are there any pictures? I'm super interested!

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=49067.msg1056830#msg1056830

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Re: Melvang's Smoked Cheese [Suspended until Fall due to Temp]
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Re: Melvang's Smoked Cheese [Suspended until Fall due to Temp]
« Reply #33 on: Tue, 15 November 2016, 10:40:31 »
Tempting.

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Re: Melvang's Smoked Cheese [Suspended until Fall due to Temp]
« Reply #34 on: Thu, 01 December 2016, 16:25:00 »
Will be opening a quick flash sale tonight.  All cheese is smoked, and shredded already.  Supplies for this but are finite, orders will be filled in the order they are placed.  Invoices will go out on at least a nightly basis, possibly twice a day.
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Re: Melvang's Smoked Cheese [reopening, see bottom post]
« Reply #35 on: Thu, 01 December 2016, 17:12:06 »
Oh snap, I am currently in Utah...might have to grab some!

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Re: Melvang's Smoked Cheese [reopening, see bottom post]
« Reply #36 on: Thu, 01 December 2016, 22:04:05 »
New thread in the GB section, still needs to be approved.

If the link doesn't change here it is. 

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=86149.0

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Re: Melvang's Smoked Cheese [reopening, see bottom post]
« Reply #37 on: Fri, 02 December 2016, 19:09:48 »
New thread in the GB section, still needs to be approved.

If the link doesn't change here it is. 

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=86149.0

I will change the link in my signature when the thread is approved.

Still no approval :(

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« Reply #38 on: Fri, 02 December 2016, 22:35:13 »
New thread in the GB section, still needs to be approved.

If the link doesn't change here it is. 

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=86149.0

I will change the link in my signature when the thread is approved.

Thread is approved
Still no approval :(

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