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coco_beware Jan 27, 2008 11:07 AM

Okay, so I know this is a long shot but has anyone ever seen cheese curds for sale in the area? I'm looking for curds of white cheddar cheese that had a bit of squeak--if anyone's ever traveled to Quebec it's the cheese they make poutine with.

I have tried Oaxaca cheese as a substitute and it's not quite what I'm after.

Thanks!

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    verily RE: coco_beware Jan 27, 2008 11:44 AM

    I've never seen white cheddar, but Central Market carries orange cheddar curds on occasion. They keep them next to the various shredded American cheeses in the cheese area.

    I believe they're currently shipped in from a Wisconsin dairy. Pay close attention to the date on them because sometimes they sit out for a while and lose their squeak.

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      coco_beware RE: verily Jan 27, 2008 12:35 PM

      Ooh, thanks Verily. I've had a few expeditions to Central Market but I never spotted them. I'd prefer white cheese but orange is better than none at all!

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      24hourbreakfast RE: coco_beware Jan 27, 2008 02:09 PM

      I lived in Montreal for 5 years and I know exactly what you speak of. My partner made poutine in December using orange cheddar cheese curds we bought from Central Market on South Lamar at Westgate. I asked at the counter if they had white curds (like they do in Quebec), but the cheese guy said they don't and that the orange ones are identical except for a food dye. I found the flavor was actually different, more like a real cheddar cheese than the typical Quebec curds, which have very little flavor. Although not authentic, it was still a great poutine, helped by the fact that we had a can of St-Hubert poutine sauce we had picked up last time we were in Quebec.

      They may not have the curds in stock though. The cheese guy told me they were a seasonal item. However, knowing Central Market, they may willing to place a special order on your behalf.

      Also, real cheese curds supposedly lose their squeak after only 12 hours of refrigeration. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheese_c... I have had the squeak in my cheese curds but only at Montreal restaurants known for their poutine. To me, this issue remains unresolved.

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        Nab RE: 24hourbreakfast Jan 27, 2008 04:17 PM

        I got similarly duped by Central Market -- tasted too much like cheddar. At least you had the St-Huberts ! (i'm from ontario)

        Unfortunately, I have not come across the squeakies anywhere in town yet.

        I have kept curds in the fridge and have not found them to lose their squeak after 12 hours.

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          coco_beware RE: Nab Jan 27, 2008 05:08 PM

          Well, thanks for the leads. I'll certainly try the orange curds but it sounds like I'll have to buy a big sack of the right stuff next time I'm back home and hope the border guards don't take it away. Thankfully my supply of St. Hub sauce is still plentiful. :)

          I appreciate the tips, all. Nice to see some other Canucks around here too.

      2. TroyTempest RE: coco_beware Jan 28, 2008 10:25 AM

        I've never had them, but I have seen fried cheese curds on the menu at Culver's.

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          achtungpv RE: TroyTempest Jan 28, 2008 06:55 PM

          I get them instead of the fries when I go to Culvers for lunch. They're a mix of cheddar and mozzarella curds.

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            coco_beware RE: achtungpv Feb 1, 2008 10:08 AM

            Thanks for the Culver's tip, you guys. I stopped by for lunch and split an order of the fried cheese curds with a friend. They were salty and tasty--came with a huge side of ranch for dipping--and although they didn't get cold very well they definitely hit the spot.

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          yimay RE: coco_beware Jan 28, 2008 07:19 PM

          i sampled cheese curds from one of the cheese makers at the formerly westlake farmer's market. he sells them in tiny batches. spensive.

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            24hourbreakfast RE: coco_beware Jan 29, 2008 07:52 PM

            Also, I now remember that Specs off 290 sells cheese curds. They were white. I haven't tried them though.

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              coco_beware RE: 24hourbreakfast Jan 30, 2008 09:53 AM

              Hmmm... has anyone spotted them at the Specs on Mopac?

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              specialcheese RE: coco_beware Feb 1, 2008 07:07 PM

              You can sometimes get cheese curds from Whole Foods downtown. They are made by Rogue Creamery and are white...

              http://www.roguecreamery.com/

              Like previous posts mentioned you will have to look at them closely since they sometimes are mushy from sitting for too long.

              Good Luck!

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