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Is Haloumi supposed to be super salty?

Evilbanana11 Nov 3, 2010 07:03 PM

I bought some haloumi today for the first time and OMG was it salty. It was like eating sea water, ten times as salty as feta, I literally could feel my blood pressure spiking. I tried to rinse it then pan fry it but alas it was still inedible .Maybe I was unfortunate enough to buy a bad batch or maybe I'm unaware of some preparation technique to mellow it out. Please enlighten me because I actually enjoyed the texture and the taste but could not handle the saltiness.

  1. todao Nov 3, 2010 07:07 PM

    Saltiness if is a typical characteristic of Haloumi. When it is aged it is much saltier than the same cheese when it is not aged. I suspect you bought it stored in a brine. I don't think you got a bad batch, just the saltier variety. You can buy Haloumi that is less salty, just gotta make sure you ask for the milder stuff.

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      SherBel Nov 3, 2010 07:10 PM

      Yep, it's salty. Try soaking it in milk or water for 20 minutes or so. That will help.

      1. hala Nov 3, 2010 07:20 PM

        Or, try Adnois, they have less salty varieties of similar cheese.

        1. j
          janehathaway Nov 3, 2010 09:10 PM

          I thought it was approximately the same level of saltiness as feta. I got mine at Whole Foods - can't remember the brand, It was delicious though. I'll check on the brand next time I'm there.

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            Harters Nov 4, 2010 02:31 AM

            Yes, halloumi is salty. The Cypriots seem to have a passion for heavy salting in everything.

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              RGargour Nov 27, 2011 12:46 AM

              The saltiness is a defining characteristic. Eat it with an equal-size and thickness slice of ripe tomato with some arabic bread (warmed/toasted) I like it 1/4" thick slice, fried in butter (unsalted) until browned. Eat immediately with a 1/4-1/2"slice of ripe tomato either alone or in a sandwich of warmed/toasted arabic bread. The tomato balances the saltiness and the bread is the method of conveyance. Great for breakfast!

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                freia Nov 27, 2011 07:25 AM

                Yup, some find this an acquired taste. I personally hated my first piece of grilled haloumi, and now I've had a 5 year craving for the stuff. Go figure.

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