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Cheese Curds: Love Them or Hate Them?

I was first introduced to cheese curds or "squeaky cheese" by a Wisconsin native who had to convince me that the deformed chunks of cheese swimming in a liquid-y substance in the bottom of a plastic bag were actually delicious. Then she had to hide the bag to prevent me from consuming the entire bounty of salty, cheesy goodness.

Made from the solid parts of soured milk, the real deal should squeak when you bite into them, and I've since discovered that it's not easy to find fresh cheese curds with the correct texture. If you don't live in Canada or Midwestern states where they are a popular part of the cuisine (like in poutine), the other tasty way to enjoy them is deep-fried! I've had the deep-fried nuggets at both bars and fairs, and they never disappoint!

Have you tried cheese curds? What did you think?

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Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
I had them for the first time ever in July at the Tillamook cheese factory in Oregon and LOVED them! Bought myself a bag :) My husband wasn't a big fan so I got them to myself. bwa ha ha ha ha.
Amesabelle Amesabelle 6 years
Cheese curds are amazing and so addictive, but then I was born in Canada and ended up moving to MN - so they're in my blood. (probably both figuratively and literally) I'm not sure what "liquid-y substance" at the bottom of the bag the author is talking about in the article above, I've NEVER had that in the curds I've purchased. BTW, you can order fresh curds online at http://greenleafcheese.com/
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
LOVE!!!!!!! i really think it's a wisconsin state requirement that you love them though :)
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 6 years
@amber, I also tried them at the Tillamook cheese factory and didn't like them at all. Maybe we have to go to other states to get good ones!!
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 6 years
Never had 'em fried — but I do love cheese curds!
jessvogel85 jessvogel85 6 years
WI represent!!! Cheese curds are the official food!!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I'm from Wisconsin and I LOVE cheese curds!!! I prefer them fresh, but a lot of people I know like the deepfried ones as well.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
Curd me! :drool: But in all fairness, I am a Minnesotan. We pretty much bleed curds.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I think they're pretty good (they're cheese after all, how bad can it get? :D), but there is better cheese in this world. Never had them deep fried.
amber512 amber512 6 years
HATE HATE HATE! The texture was awful and after the first "squeak" I spit it out. I tried it at the Tillamook cheese factory. The other cheeses were so much better!
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