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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.


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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...


              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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