If you have never seen or tasted a cheese curd you might not be anxious to put one in your mouth because”cheese curd” is kind of a strange name and doesn’t necessarily conjure up images of something yummy. But a cheese curd is very tasty. I think as soon as you try one you will be eating a lot more of these!
I’m from Wisconsin and grew up eating cheese curds (and yes, plenty of additional cheese too). I thought everyone ate cheese curds and that you could buy them anywhere. When I grew up and started to travel outside of the country I learned in a hurry a good deal of things were different and that cheese curds were a specialty item only available in regions which produced cheese. That’s changed a little bit today. Cheese curds, together with a huge array of other kinds of cheeses, are more readily available in all areas of america.
Most cheese curds (at least most of the ones made in Wisconsin) are a cheddar cheese product, but believe infant cheddar cheese or newborn cheddar cheese. Cheddar cheese curds are what cheddar cheese is until it is pressed into a block and aged (cheddar cheese you see in your grocery store is aged at least 60 days and up to 10 years to get the really sharp cheddar cheeses).
Cheese curds are a really new product and have the best taste if they are eaten the same day they are made. But going to a cheese factory and purchasing cheese curds the exact same day they are made is not an option for many men and women.
Cheese curds are still quite tasty a few days after they’re created, but after a week or so they begin to lose their flavor very quickly. Although”new” cheese curds may be available at the local supermarket, it’s likely they’re at least one to two weeks old by the time they get to the shop’s dairy case. Don’t purchase them from your supermarket or grocery store (unless you are certain they really are fresh). Instead order directly from a cheese factory via the web or phone. Look for a place that ships the cheese curds the same day they are made (do an online search for”cheese curds” – there’ll be lots of choices of companies that send cheese curds out the exact same day they create them). You’ll be glad you went to the problem of ordering the freshest cheese curds possible.
Cheese curds can be found in several flavors. Although the traditional yellow cheese curds are the most popular and most widely accessible, I’ve also seen and tried white cheddar cheese curds as well as the following flavors: garlic, dill, jalapeno (they have a”kick” to them), Cajun (have a”kick” to them), pesto, chipotle (these are spicy too), and paprika. Cheese curds have a smooth feel. They come in their natural shape and form that’s small random chunks.
One fun thing about cheese curds is that they”squeak.” A new cheese curd will make a squeaky noise as you’re eating it. That’s one of the reasons why kids love to eat cheese curds (and many adults too).
You can buy special batter mixes made especially for cheese curds, but overall purpose batter mixes like Golden Dipt All Purpose Batter Mix (made by McCormick) works fine. But my personal favorite sort of batter for deep fried cheese curds is beer batter (have I mentioned I am from Wisconsin?) .
If you haven’t yet had the chance to try cheese curds, I hope you try them soon. I think you’ll be glad you did. Happy eating!