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Cheese Curds

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Cheese curds are bite-size solid parts of soured milk either eaten alone or used in regional dishes, especially in Canada and United States. They are sometimes referred to as Squeaky Cheese as the fresh curds squeak against your teeth when bitten into. They lose their squeaky texture after twelve hours or so, even if they are refrigerated.

Cheese curds are mild, salty to taste, but the flavour can differ depending on how it is made. They display the same firmness as cheese but with an added springy or rubbery texture. Most varieties are naturally uncoloured, as it doesn’t require artificial colouring.

Fresh Cheese curds are eaten as snack, appetizer or served with an additional flavour such as jalapeño peppers, garlic, various herbs, and spice blends such as Cajun. Fried Cheese curds are a popular local delicacy in Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota where they are deep fried covered in batter and served with a side of ranch dressing as quick, casual fast food. They are also known as cheeseballs in some areas.

Cheese curds form the main ingredient in Poutine, a Canadian dish made with French fries, topped with a light brown gravy-like sauce and Cheese curds. Fresh Cheese curds are also known as Paneer in India where it is widely used as a main ingredient in gravies, starters, biryanis and appetizers.

  • Made from pasteurized or unpasteurized cow's milk
  • Country of origin: Canada, India and United States
  • Family: Cheddar
  • Type: fresh firm, whey
  • Texture: firm, springy and supple
  • Rind: natural
  • Colour: white
  • Flavour: mild, milky, salty
  • Aroma: fresh
  • Producers: Fromagerie St-Fidèle, La Fromagerie Boivin, Tillamook Cheese Factory
  • Synonyms: Squeaky Cheese, cheeseballs, paneer, curd, Boivin Cheddar Curds

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Squeaky cheese curds were delivered to my doorstep today from @CarrValley in Wisconsin! Go @packers! #cheeseheadinCA
Jan 09
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Jan 08
Sometimes the husby will torture you by sending you photos of cheese curds he's enjoying without you.
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Brought in some cheese curds from Wisco! We will see how long these last!
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Dec 03, 2014
Take a mid-week break and enjoy our Poutine with Braised beef, cheese curds and more. Add a fried egg to top it off!
Dec 03, 2014
@NastyXavi as promised from yesterday I present to you, Poutine. Fries, gravy, and cheese curds.
Dec 03, 2014
Writing about #poutine, Quebec's comfort food of fries, brown gravy and tangy cheese curds, is making me hungry.
Dec 02, 2014
Burger + deep fried cheese curds @ The Old Fashioned in Madison, WI
Dec 02, 2014
Missing Midwest food? @TheButterflyNYC serving up fried cheese curds, just the way they do at home.
Dec 02, 2014
Antojo: "Burger + deep fried cheese curds @ The Old Fashioned in Madison, WI"->
Dec 02, 2014
Frozen pizza rolls, cheese curds, and curly fries for dinner tonight #Merica
Dec 01, 2014
Ordered the cheese curds at @BWWings. Really sad how little you get for the price #notworthit
Nov 24, 2014
Smoked baby back ribs, Georgia gold BBQ sauce on white bread. Add fries or cheese curds for awesomenes @TheBravehorse
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