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Nausea Bagwash

Advice please, cheese experts

I am not a cheese lover. Brie, St Paulin, jarlsberg, gouda, leerdammer, boursin, white stilton, mozzarella and similar mild cheeses are about my limit. Can live with wensleydale, farmhouse cheshire, ribblesdale, creamy Lancashire and at a pinch camembert or stilton. Don't like cheddar, goats cheese (except ribblesdale), feta or anything strong.

Now the question - do you think I would like halloumi? A bit shy of buying it as I hate throwing away food.

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Darkginger

Halloumi

If you don't like feta, you probably won't like Halloumi - it's similar in that it's a dry, 'squeaky', salty cheese - but it differs in that it's less crumbly, doesn't melt, and can be pan fried and stay in one piece. I make pretend croutons out of it when I'm low carbing. It's not a very 'cheesey' cheese - but could be an acquired taste.

If you have a specialist cheese shop near you, perhaps you could ask them for a taste before buying?

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cheese

It is very mild, and really not at all cheesy. Uncooked it is rubbery and unpleasant. It goes golden and crusty when fried on both sides in a tiny bit of oil, and is nice in salad. I don't personally think it is like feta, which I agree can be very strong if you buy the ewes' milk version.

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JaneMR

Cheese

It does change a lot when grilled. I hate raw goat's cheese, but love it cooked. Why not have it when you've got other people to share it with and if you don't like it, they can have bigger helpings.

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SonyaK

Advice please, cheese experts

"If you have a specialist cheese shop near you, perhaps you could ask them for a taste before buying?"

But, If you try it 'raw' it is very rubbery, as said before. I like it grilled or fried and I don't like strong cheeses.
But it can be very salty, I've found. Worth a try, though, and if you don't like it you can freeze it and use it later, when others are there to eat it for you!!

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lemonsqueaky

Cheese experts

Go mad NB - just try it. Lasts for ages in the fridge and Delia has the wonderful recipe for it fried with a caper dressing. It also works tossed amongst roasted veg.

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lemonsqueaky

Cheese experts

I love mutter paneer. Home made paneer is better than shop bought but I fancy trying halloumi next time Bolas - what a good idea.

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Nausea Bagwash

halloumi

Thanks all Will give it a whirl.

Sadly our specialist cheesemonger closed down a few years back - driven into the ground by Morrisons' wide range of cheap cheeses.

 
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