When you have not seen or tasted a cheese curd you might not be anxious to put one in your mouth since”cheese curd” is sort of a strange name and does not necessarily conjure up images of something tasty. However, a cheese curd is very tasty. I believe as soon as you try one you will be eating a lot more of these!
I am from Wisconsin and grew up eating cheese curds (and yes, lots of other cheese too). I thought everyone ate cheese curds and that you could purchase them anywhere. When I grew up and started to travel outside of the country I learned in a hurry that a good deal of things were different and that cheese curds were a specialty item only available in regions that produced cheese. That has changed a little bit today. Cheese curds, along with a huge variety of other types of cheeses, are more readily available in every area of america.
What are cheese curds?
Cheese curds are a very fresh product and have the best flavor if they’re eaten the same day they are created. But visiting a cheese factory and purchasing cheese curds the same day they are made isn’t feasible for lots of people.
Cheese curds are still quite tasty a couple of days after they’re made, but after a week or so they start to lose their flavor promptly. Although”fresh” cheese curds may be available at your neighborhood supermarket, it is 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 out of your supermarket or grocery store (unless you’re certain they really are new ). Instead order directly from a cheese factory via the web or phone. Look for a place that ships the cheese curds the exact same day that they are made (do an Internet search for”cheese curds” – there will be lots of choices of businesses that send cheese curds out exactly the same day they create them). You’ll be glad you went to the trouble of purchasing the freshest cheese curds possible.
Cheese curds are available in several flavors. Even though the traditional yellow cheese curds are the most popular and most widely available, I’ve also seen and attempted 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 texture. They arrive in their natural shape and form that’s small random chunks.
Although most cheese curds are made from cheddar cheese; colby, mozzarella, and monterey jack cheese curds are also offered.
One fun thing about cheese curds is that they”squeak.” A fresh cheese curd will make a squeaky noise as you’re eating it. That’s one reason why kids love to eat cheese curds (and many adults too).
You can purchase special batter mixes made especially for cheese curds, but general purpose batter mixes like Golden Dipt All Purpose Batter Mix (made by McCormick) works fine. But my personal favorite type of batter for deep fried cheese curds is beer batter (have I said I am from Wisconsin?) .