I made halloumi!

Nearly all of my favourite meals involve cheese in some way. To me there’s only one thing as satisfying as eating cheese… and that’s making it. I discovered cheesemaking thanks to my friend Kat. We made goats cheese together a few years ago using a kit she bought me for Christmas. Since then I’ve made mozzarella and now halloumi!

Contents of cheese making kit

The Big Cheese Making Kit

The Big Cheese Making Kit sent me this Ultimate Cheese Making Kit, which contains everything you need to make ten different types of cheese. All you need to add is milk. I bought four litres of milk before realising my pan would only hold two litres. Still, that made plenty of halloumi for two people.

Bottles of milk

Gold top milk

First I heated the milk, added rennet and sat the pan in a warm water bath — a glorified term for my sink. The instructions said to leave the pan undisturbed, which mean’t I had to resist the urge to keeping poking it.

Halloumi in water bath

Halloumi water bath

Forty five minutes later, a solid cheese curd had formed. I cut it into smaller chunks and heated them in the whey.

Cooked halloumi curds

Halloumi in cheese cloth

Once the curds had heated to the correct temperature, I scooped them out into a cheesecloth ready for pressing. Like the water bath, my press wasn’t very high tech — two water filled milk bottles with a plate on top 🙂

Bottles pressing down cheese

Pressing halloumi

Ta-dah! The brain like curds were starting to look like real cheese!

Hand holding slice of halloumi

Pressed halloumi curds

I cut the halloumi into slabs and poached them in the whey. Each side was then coated in salt and mint and left to cool on a wire rack. My stomach said we should eat it straight away but the instructions said halloumi tastes better if sits and absorbs the salt for twenty four hours. So that’s what I did.

Halloumi on wire rack

Cooked halloumi in whey

My halloumi in all its golden, fried glory…

Browned halloumi in plan

Fried halloumi

We ate ours piled high with cranberry sauce, pistachios, garlic mayo, salad and toasted ciabatta. It was so so good! Pillowy soft in the middle with a slight squeak and a crispy outside. I wished my pan had been large enough to hold more than two litres of milk so I could have made more cheese.

Halloumi sandwichHalloumi sandwich

Making halloumi is the perfect Sunday morning activity. Although there were a few steps to work through, half that time was spent waiting for curds to form or press so it didn’t feel like hard work. If you decide not to let it sit for 24 hours, you can have freshly made halloumi in time for lunch. Lovely!

Disclaimer: The Big Cheese Making Kit kindly sent me The Ultimate Cheese Making Kit in exchange for an honest review. Thoughts and photography my own.

6 Comments

  1. How exciting! I’ve never made cheese, but it kind of seems like magic to me. I really want to try it after reading this.

    • Gemma Evans

      I’d definitely recommend making halloumi, I thought it would be much harder than it actually was 🙂

  2. so cool! I never really thought about making my own halloumi but this looks amazing! Must have been very satisfying to know you had made it – looks delicious!

    • Gemma Evans

      I think things taste better when you’ve made them with your own hands. Waiting that extra 24 hours was totally worth it 🙂

  3. Ooh, I actually bought Shane the goats cheese one a few Christmas’ back as he absolutely loves goats cheese. Ours didn’t turn out quite as well as yours did – it was really floury in texture. But I’ve really wanted to try their ricotta and mozzarella kits since. I didn’t know they had one with halloumi in, so I think I might have to add it to my Christmas list this year!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • Gemma Evans

      You won’t regret making halloumi. Poor Scott had to put up with me saying how good it was with every other bite — although I ate it pretty quick so at least he didn’t have to listen to me for that long haha!

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