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: Cottage
- Type: fresh firm, whey
- Texture: firm, springy and supple
- Rind: natural
- Colour: white
- Flavour: mild, milky, salty
- Aroma: fresh
- Producers: Tillamook Cheese Factory
- Synonyms: Squeaky Cheese, cheeseballs, paneer, curd
Other Canadian cheeses:
Other cheeses from India:
Other American cheeses:
Amish Frolic, Bleu Mont Dairy Bandaged Cheddar, Cabot Clothbound, Crowley, Dry Jack, Dunbarton Blue, Duroblando, Estero Gold Reserve, Grafton Village Cheddar, Havilah, Idaho Goatster, Plymouth Cheese, Sartori Limited Edition Cognac Bellavitano, Sartori Reserve Chai Bellavitano, Shelburne Cheddar, Sonoma Jack, Swiss, Tillamook Cheddar, Tillamook Smoked Black Pepper White Cheddar , Woodside Alpine
Alpha Tolman, Bear Hill, Beecher’s Flagship, Brick, Broncha, Colby, Kennebec Highlands Caerphilly, Landaff, Longhorn, Maytag Blue, Monterey Jack, Pinconning, Pleasant Ridge Reserve, Sartori Reserve Black Pepper Bellavitano, Sartori Reserve Merlot Bellavitano, Sonoma Jack, String, Txiki
Ameribella, American Cheese, Appalachian, Baby Swiss, Beemster 2% Milk, Bergere Bleue, Bermuda Triangle, Colby-Jack, Cougar Gold, Crema de Blue, Crowley, Fresh Jack, Fuzzy Wheel, Humboldt Fog, Monastery Cheeses, Mun-chee, Onion & Chives Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Schloss
Acapella, Aged Chelsea, Bay Blue, Bloomsdale, Bonne Bouche, Brie au poivre (Brie with pepper), Capriole Banon, Cold Pack, Cottage Cheese, Cup Cheese, Hooligan, Hoop Cheese, Hubbardston Blue Cow, Monastery Cheeses, Muenster, Nettle Meadow Kunik, Peekskill Pyramid, Provel, Texas Goat Cheese, Winnimere
fresh firm cheeses:
Breakfast Cheese, Galbani, Laura Chenel's Cabecou
fresh soft cheeses:
Cello Thick & Smooth Mascarpone, Cream Cheese, Galbani, Quark, Westfield Farm Smoked Capri