A cheese curd isn’t a special kind of cheese. It’s just a young cheddar, one that hasn’t been aged at all. These curds are separated from the whey during the cheese-making process, and instead of being molded for a future cheese wheel, they’re sliced up and bagged to be sold right away.
Cheese curds are little-known in locations without cheese factories because they should ideally be eaten absolutely fresh, within days of manufacture. They have about the same firmness as cheese but have a springy or rubbery texture. They are usually light orange in color and are little nubs of cheese, roughly the size of peanuts, which, if very fresh, squeak when you bite down on them. The “squeak” is a very high-pitched sound. As they age in your fridge the squeak will decrease but the flavor is amazing! If you want to get the squeak back, pop them in the microwave for a few seconds.
Quebec, Canada, has their own popular way of eating cheese curds called Poutine. Poutine is a French-Canadian recipe in which French fries are topped with cheese curds and gravy. Other ways of eating cheese curds are by sprinkling them with different seasonings such as garlic, jalapeno, Cajun, chipotle, pesto, paprika, pepper and then serving and eating them like potato chips. Some people even eat them with ketchup, just like you would French fries. They are the perfect high protein snack!
Enjoy your fresh, squeaky, tasty cow milk baby cheddar cheese curds!
- Medium ~8 oz Bag for $6
- Large ~16 oz (1 lb) Bag for $10