Christmas and Smoking......No not that kind of smoking.

This year for Christmas, as I was working, we decided to try our hands at smoking some food in an old Japanese style toaster I converted into a smoker. Just so I could have a smokey Christmas lunch box at work.

After removing all the electrical components, and anything that might get a little hot. I fitted an extra shelve  and modified the holes. It was really easy to be honest. Just took about 30 minuets to get it all ready. And it actually looks pretty cool. I left the timer on just because it will still come in handy, even if I cannot hear it going off in the garden.

So we brought some `Cherry Wood` chippings from the camping store, found a few recipe ideas on-line and away we went. As the small toaster can only hold a small amount, we started to experiment with small things first. Just a couple of sausages, two small marinated ham stakes, two small chunks of Camembert  cheese and some processed fish.

All in all it worked out better than we expected. The raw sasuages and the cheese took on a lovely smoky brown color and they tasted awesome. So any friends reading this now know what they will be getting as presents in the coming months.

Now the cat is out of the bag, we are going to try smoking what ever we can get our hands on. I might even dedicate a jacket to the job so I do not stink up all my clothes.

So watch this space and if you see me eating any smoky foods, then please do not hesitate to ask for a taste. Its a real treat.

Things to Smoke:

*Oily Fish (Salmon, Mackerel, Sardines, Trout)
*White Fish (Cod, Haddock, Pollock, Black Colly)
*Shell Fish (Scallops, Oysters, Mussels, Whelks. Anything really)
*Meats (Chicken, Turkey and Pork, Bacon work best)
*Veggies (Onions, Garlic) 

This is where we are up too. If you have any suggestion then please share your ideas with us.


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