Halloumi, derived from the Greek word "almi", meaning "salty", is a unique cheese. It has impressive heat tolerance, and this higher-than-normal resistance to melting, makes it a perfect cheese for frying or grilling.More about Halloumi Less about Halloumi
Halloumi, is a Semi-soft cheese seasoned with mint leaves and soaked in brine. Its taste is best described as somewhere between Kashkaval and Mozzarella. It can be enjoyed fresh, but due to its unique heat tolerance, is great fried or grilled.
An unopened package of Halloumi will keep in the refrigerator for up to a year. Once opened, store in lightly salted water in the refrigerator.
Tradition suggests folding the cheese slices in half, making a "U" shape (optionally with mint leaves inside the folded portion), before storing in the brine.
The brine will keep your Halloumi good for several months, and the flavour will increase with storage time.
Most cheeses can be frozen, but it is important to keep in mind that freezing can affect texture and character. This is why thawed cheeses are best used for cooking. Neither the taste nor the texture of meals cooked with previously frozen cheeses will be affected.
You can freeze Halloumi, like most Semi-soft cheeses, in pieces of 500 g or less, for up to two months! Just carefully wrap cheese in plastic wrap and place in an airtight freezer bag. Before using, it is important to allow cheese to thaw slowly in the refrigerator.