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Jul 4, 2008 11:04 AM

"Good" cheese curds for a poutine?

Greetings all

Being utterly disgusted at there not being a SINGLE place to get a Montreal poutine in this city (read: chicken gravy, cheese curds, fries. The trucks out front of city hall are terrible in my opinion), I decided I would like to try someone elses advice from another forum.

They go to Swiss Chalet, order a family fries and use the swiss chalet gravy, and add their own cheese curds to it.

This sounds great to me, but the problem is, I haven't a clue where to get some half decent cheese curds suitable for a poutine.

I've seen small bags from time to time at my local A&P or Sobeys but they look like they've been sitting around in a bag since the stone age.

Are there any popular grocery marts that have some half-decent curds? A trip to a downtown Toronto market is out of the question since I live in Peel region

If anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears

Thanks in advance :)

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  1. Well since you won't come to OUR farmers' markets, perhaps you should visit your own. Can't rec any, but it's a start.

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    1. re: Googs

      Thank ya Googs :) Will check it out

    2. I wonder if "The Cheese Boutique" has some good ones...

      1. In my experience, proper cheese curds have a window of about 24 hours. The key test is whether they still squeak when you bite into them and they cannot be refrigerated. Without fresh curds you will never have great poutine.

        I know, not very helpful so far. You need to visit the source, the cheesemaker.
        Missing my favourite, so admittedly not a comprehensive map:
        Maple Dale Cheese Hwy 37 Plainfield, ON

        Many are not too far out of Toronto but ideally perfect for stopping at on the way back from a road trip or weekend at the cottage. I've also spotted them at SLM North on Saturdays but they looked suspiciously unfresh; though I admit not to tasting them.

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        1. re: Mila

          eep, 24 hours and no refrigeration... definitely not sure where I'd find those in Brampton/Mississauga

          I guess thats good to know though so maybe I wont waste my time :)


          1. re: duckdown

            Don't give up so easy, bub. Visit a farmers' market in the morning. Poutine for lunch. Nap time.

        2. You can get decent cheese curds on thursday afternoons Alex's Cheese Farm stores. There are various locations in the GTA.

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          1. re: smr714

            I picked up some curds from the cheese boutique tonight, they say "imported from quebec every thursday" right on the package, but they had no squeak at all :(

            They melted nicely and tasted good but no squeak

            Pretty tasty but not perfect

            Thanks for the reccomendations folks :-)

            1. re: duckdown

              Best ones I've found so far (outside of Quebec), were from Provincial Fine Foods (Yonge north of Lawrence -

              They also are the only place I've found Spruce Beer outside of Quebec.

              1. re: Squiggles

                the url is not operative with the final dot (period).


                BTW duckdown, what happens when you go to the trouble to spread fresh squeaky curds on lukewarm fries from Swiss Chalet. And then add their powdered sauce?

                1. re: Squiggles

                  Must agree with the Provincial Fine Foods can buy as many as you'd like, too, as it's not pre-packaged, but sold by the pound/kg.

            2. I find the cheese curds from Reid's Dairy very tasty. They might not be the same as the ones found in Montreal, but give them a try if there is a Reid's near you.