Outstandingly delicious Smoked Halloumi.
It was smoked with Apples, Cherries, and Alder wood chips.
Halloumi is a semi-hard, brined cheese native to Cyprus.
Halloumi has an exceptionally high melting point
because the curds are heated before being brined and shaped.
This allows smoked Halloumi to be crisp instead of melt when grilled or fried.
That crispy-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside character has given
Halloumi its moniker as “the squeaky grilling cheese.”
Our Halloumi is mildly salty and almost nutty in flavour.
and sometimes also cow’s milk.
Its texture is described as squeaky.
It has a high melting point and can easily be fried or grilled, making it a popular meat substitute.
although no acid-producing bacteria are used in its preparation.
Halloumi is popular throughout the Eastern Mediterranean.
It became widely available in Turkey after 2000.
The English name halloumi is derived from Modern Greek:
and was used for cheese eaten in medieval Egypt.
The name of the cheese likely goes back to the Demotic word ḥlm “cheese”
The Cypriot Turkish name hellim derives from this source,
as does the name of the different modern Egyptian cheese hâlûmi.
Production of smoked halloumi cheese involves several key steps.
The first step of halloumi production involves the coagulation of the milk in order to make curds.
This occurs by stirring rennet into the milk mixture whilst keeping it at a temperature of 30–34 °C
until the milk coagulates (a process which takes approximately 30–45 minutes).
Once the curd is formed, it is then cut, reheated and stirred in order to increase its firmness.
The next step of production involves boiling of the pressed curds in hot whey.
for at least 30 minutes during a process known as scalding.
This is the most crucial step in halloumi production as it contributes to the characteristic texture of the cheese.
The cooked pieces are then removed from the whey and are salted and garnished with
fresh or dried mint (Mentha viridis) leaves.
They are then folded and stored in salted whey for 1–3 days
before being packed in airtight containers, ready to be sold and consumed.