The name Halloumi derives from the Greek word “almi” – salty water. Originating in Cyprus this salty stretched curd cheese was initially said to of being made during the Medieval Byzantine period, and was an essential part of the Cypriots diet; a good source of protein and a practical way of preserving surplus amount of milk during spring.
The Halloumi-making process was often done so by women and managed under the supervision of a “Galatarka”, the most experienced ‘cheese woman’. Halloumi became an important part of village life. Milk was collected from neighbouring locals and pooled together to form large batches.
Traditional Halloumi is formed into wallet sized pockets by hand and is a combination of goat’s and ewe’s milk. It is often used in cooking and can be fried until brown without melting. The resistance to melting comes from the fresh curd being heated before being shaped and placed in brine.
Halloumi is made with rennet—but it’s pressed for a shorter time, resulting in a higher-than-usual pH (around 5.8). The cheese is then dipped in hot whey, which kills the starter bacteria and prevents further development of acid (meaning that calcium phosphate flows out of the cheese), ensuring a strong, rigid protein network.Giancalis Caldwell, Culture, June 28 2017
Aphrodite Halloumi is one of the few examples of halloumi that follows the traditional methods of production to this day.
Made from a combination of goat and ewe’s milk (70% Goat / 30% Ewe), this hand-made Halloumi is selected by cheese enthusiast Will Studd who fell for its delicious texture and flavour. The Ewe’s milk is high in fat, which causes a delicious brown crust to form when the cheese is grilled or fried, while the goat’s milk provides a firm yet elastic texture, and a subtle lingering lemony tang.
The Ewe’s milk is high in fat, which causes a delicious brown crust to form when the cheese is grilled or fried, while the goat’s milk provides a firm yet elastic texture, and a subtle lingering lemony tang.Will Studd
Perfect for summer, you can view a range of easy and delicious recipes created by Will Studd using Aphrodite Halloumi online, visit http://www.willstudd.com .