If you have never encountered a fresh, squeaky cheese curd, we’re here to change that.
"What's A Cheese Curd?"
Cheese curds are an essential product of the cheesemaking process.
Before cheeses like cheddar are formed into blocks or wheels and aged,
they start out as curds. Fresh cheese curds have a slightly rubbery
texture and squeak when you eat them.
"Why Does A Curd Squeak?"
The elastic protein strands in cheese curds rub against the enamel of your teeth and create the squeak. This characteristic sound of a curd is the sign of its freshness. After twelve hours or so, curds will begin to lose their squeak. After a couple of days, you can restore their squeak with a few seconds in the microwave.
"How Long Will Curds Stay Fresh?"
For optimal freshness and squeakiness, curds should be eaten the day they are produced, but can last for several days in the refrigerator.
"What Does A Cheese Curd Taste Like?"
"Are All Curds Yellow?"
Cheese curds are a very fresh product with a mild, salty flavor. Since most cheese curds are a cheddar cheese product, they come in yellow and white varieties. You can also find fresh cheese curds in flavors like garlic, spicy Cajun, taco or mild ranch.
"Are Curds Better Fresh or Fried?"
Why choose? They're amazing fresh or fried. For even more ways to enjoy Wisconsin cheese curds, check out our curd-inspired recipes.
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