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, ... show all ... , Idaho Goatster, Lamb Chopper, Midnight Moon, Morgan, Plymouth Cheese, Sartori Limited Edition Cognac Bellavitano, Sartori Reserve Balsamic Bellavitano, Sartori Reserve BellaVitano Gold, Sartori Reserve Chai Bellavitano, Sartori Reserve Rosemary & Olive Oil Asiago, Shelburne Cheddar, Sonoma Jack, Swiss, Tillamook Cheddar, Tillamook Smoked Black Pepper White Cheddar , Wagon Wheel, Wasatch Mountain Gruyère, Woodside Alpine
Alpha Tolman, Bayley Hazen Blue, Bear Hill, Beecher’s Flagship, Bismark , Blue Ledge La Luna, Brick, Broncha, Colby, Consider Bardwell Farm Manchester, ... show all ... , Heat, Kennebec Highlands Caerphilly, LaClare Farms Evalon, LaClare Farms Evalon with Cummin, LaClare Farms Evalon with Fenugreek, LaClare Ziege Zacke Blue, Landaff, Longhorn, Maggie's Round, Maytag Blue, Menage, Mona, MontAmore, Monterey Jack, Mont Saint-Francis, Moonglo, Mt. Mazama Cheddar, Pinconning, Pleasant Ridge Reserve, Sartori Limited Edition Pastorale Blend, Sartori Reserve Black Pepper Bellavitano, Sartori Reserve Merlot Bellavitano, Sonoma Jack, String, Thomasville Tomme, Txiki, Weston Wheel, Wimer Winter
Ameribella, American Cheese, Appalachian, Asher Blue, Baby Swiss, Beemster 2% Milk, Bergere Bleue, Bermuda Triangle, Chile Caciotta, Colby-Jack, ... show all ... , Cougar Gold, Crema de Blue, Crocodile Tear, Crowley, Fresh Jack, Fuzzy Wheel, Goats' Milk Caciotta, Humboldt Fog, LaClare Farms Cheddar, LaClare Farms Martone, LaClare Farms Raw Goats Milk Cheddar, Lincoln Log, Lindy Hop, Loma Alta, Marisa, Midnight Blue, Miette, Mobay, Monastery Cheeses, Moses Sleeper, Mun-chee, Old Kentucky Tomme, Onion & Chives Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Schloss, Truffle Tremor, Wabash Cannonball, West West Blue, Willoughby
Acapella, Aged Chelsea, Bay Blue, Bloomsdale, Bonne Bouche, Brie au poivre (Brie with pepper), Capriole Banon, Classics Fresh Mozzarella, Cold Pack, Cottage Cheese, ... show all ... , Crocodile Tear, Cup Cheese, Green Hill, Hooligan, Hoop Cheese, Hubbardston Blue Cow, Julianna , Labneh, La Fleurie, Legato, Lil Moo, Little Bloom on the Prairie, Medallion, Melange Brie, Minuet , Monastery Cheeses, Moonlight Chaource, MouCo Camembert, Muenster, Nettle Meadow Kunik, Peekskill Pyramid, Piper's Pyramide, Provel, Sofia , Texas Goat Cheese, Winnimere, Za'atar Burrata
fresh firm cheeses:
Breakfast Cheese, Galbani, Laura Chenel's Cabecou
fresh soft cheeses:
Burrata, Cello Thick & Smooth Mascarpone, Chevre Log, Cream Cheese, Fromage Frais, Galbani, Herbs de Humboldt, LaClare Farms Chevre, LaClare Farms Fondry Jack, Ms. Natural, PsycheDillic, Purple Haze, Quark, Sgt. Pepper, Wasabi Disc, Westfield Farm Smoked Capri