Cheese Curds: Everything You Need to Know
We love to tell you more about our different products here on the blog. We’ve noticed that there are often questions about our cheese curds so we’ve chosen to answer them today.
What are cheese curds?
They are fresh, young cheddar cheese in the natural, random shape and form that the cheese takes before being processed and aged. If you live somewhere without a cheese factory, you may not have encountered them before. They have the same firmness as cheese, but with a springy or rubbery texture. Fresh curds are squeaky when bitten into because of the air trapped within. They are sometimes referred to as “squeaky cheese”!
What do cheese curds taste like?
Curds have a mild taste, somewhat like the cheddar that we are used to. They are sometimes salty and can also be flavored.
Where can I buy cheese curds?
Ours are made in Upstate New York and we truly believe that they are the best around.
How should I eat cheese curds?
Deep-fried cheese curds are sometimes found at carnivals and fairs in the Midwestern United States. They are covered with batter or breaded and placed in a deep fryer to create a crisp outer coating.
If you have ever been to Canada, you may have eaten poutine. This is a dish combining French fries, cheese curds, and gravy. Sometimes other toppings are added. It’s a decadent dish and particularly good if you’ve slightly over-indulged in the bar the night before!
They are delicious on a skewer combined with antipasti meats, olives, and tomatoes. You could also melt them onto a pizza or toss them into a salad. They’re a great garnish for a Bloody Mary.
If you are making burgers, incorporating curds into the mix can add both flavor and texture. For a healthier option, they are lovely stirred into a pasta salad. We think our roasted garlic curds are some of the best for this.
Buffalo wing curds can almost be an alternative to real chicken wings. Serve them with a side of celery and some blue cheese or ranch dressing for the classic flavors.
If you want to surprise your guests with something new, serve them up on a cheeseboard and see if anyone can tell you what they are.
What should I drink with cheese curds?
Classic cheddar flavors pair well with beer, red wine or even a fortified wine such as Port. Consider the rest of the dish that you are serving when selecting your drinks. Poutine pairs well with beer or a rich Pinot Noir. Spicy buffalo flavors are great with cocktails like a martini or a mojito. Roasted garlic is delicious with a light, summery rosé wine.
Do you love cheese curds? Or are you trying them for the first time? Let us know in the comments!