Can You Freeze Halloumi? How?

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Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Halloumi? 

Yes, you can freeze halloumi, and they can last in the freezer for up to 6 months. The key is to wrap them up thoroughly and make sure that they are well protected from being exposed to air or freezer burns. You can store them in freezer-safe air-tight containers or Ziploc bags. 

Here is the most comprehensive guide on how to freeze and store halloumi for the long term. 

I have found these methods and tips to work amazingly well! 

So, let’s get started.

How to Freeze Halloumi?

How to Freeze Halloumi?

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

If you are planning to use a big block of halloumi cheese in a recipe and want to freeze it as a whole, then you can follow these steps.

Materials

  • Halloumi
  • Cling Wrap

Tools

  • Ziploc Bag or Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container

Instructions

    1. Prep and Portion: Cut the halloumi cheese into portions that you would normally use in one go. If you are not sure, it is best to keep it to ½ lb. portions.

    2. Wrap the Cheese: Wrap the halloumi using some cling wrap, making sure to leave no part of it exposed to air.

    3. Pack and Seal: Pack the wrapped cheese into a Ziploc bag or freezer-safe air-tight container and seal it in.

    4. Label and Freeze: Write the date on the container or bag, and you are all set to freeze the halloumi.

Freezing Sliced Halloumi

Time Taken: 5 – 10 minutes 

What you will need: 

  • Halloumi 
  • Parchment Paper 
  • Cling Warp 
  • Ziploc Bag or Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container 

Another option is to slice the halloumi beforehand and get the prep out of the way, before freezing them.

Cut the Cheese

Cut the halloumi into slices based on how you would like to cook with them later on.

Separate the Slices

Place a strip/square of parchment paper between each slice of halloumi, making sure that the cheese slices don’t stick to each other.

Wrap the Cheese

Once the slices are separated, wrap the whole thing with some cling wrap.

Pack and Seal

Place the wrapped halloumi into a Ziploc bag or a freezer-safe air-tight container and seal them in.

Label and Freeze

Add a label with the best before date on the bag or container and freeze it.

How Long Can You Freeze Halloumi? 

You can freeze halloumi for up to 6 months. Compared to other cheese, halloumi has a longer shelf life and will stay fresh and flavorful for quite a long while. 

The key to keeping halloumi frozen for long is to keep it wrapped thoroughly. Exposure to air will dry out the cheese, and it will deteriorate in taste and quality.

To avoid this, you could double wrap the cheese for added protection if you like. 

How to Store Frozen Halloumi? 

You can store frozen halloumi in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag. The key is to wrap them up thoroughly before freezing.

You could also freeze the halloumi in the package that you bought it in, as long as the packaging is moisture resistant and thoroughly air-tight.

How to Defrost Halloumi? 

The best way to defrost halloumi cheese is to do it slowly. So, take the cheese and leave it in the fridge for a day or two, to let thaw gradually.

Quick temperature changes will lead to ice crystal formation and that can affect the taste and texture of the cheese.

Once the halloumi is defrosted it should be used up within 2 to 3 days.

It should be kept in the fridge meanwhile and not on the kitchen counter, as bacteria can build up quite quickly when it is left out.

Can You Refreeze Halloumi? 

No, it is best recommended not to refreeze halloumi once it thaws. Repeated freezing and thawing can affect the texture and flavor of the cheese, making it rubbery and unappealing.

Moreover, if the halloumi thaws and is left out, there are chances of bacterial build-up and making it unsafe to eat.

To avoid having to refreeze or waste the cheese once it thaws, it is best to portion it beforehand and freeze the portions separately. 

Does Halloumi Freeze Well? 

Yes, halloumi freezes well, and unlike most other cheese, it has a long shelf life. If wrapped properly and frozen in steady temperatures, the halloumi can stay fresh for 6 months or so. 

But keep in mind that the halloumi can change slightly in texture, the longer it stays in the freezer.

Also, if there was excess moisture on the cheese or packaging, ice crystals can form on the cheese-making it loses its texture.

FAQs

Can you freeze halloumi fried or cooked? 

Although you can freeze halloumi fried or cooked, it is best advised not to. The cooked frozen halloumi may be safe to eat, but it will not be as tasty or crunchy as freshly fried ones.

So, it is best to freeze the cheese before cooking and have them prepared fresh.

Bottom Line 

I hope this article helped you make the most out of halloumi cheese by freezing them. 

If you have any doubts or would like to share some freezing hacks of your own, it would be lovely to hear from you. 

Feel free to share this article with your cheese-loving family and friends. 

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About Karen Wilson

Karen is a foodie to the core. She loves any variety of food - spicy or junk! Her slender body and height are deceiving, as she enjoys eating hearty meals that would leave most people gasping for air. She has an appetite for life, and wants everyone around her to share in it too.

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