"Good" cheese curds for a poutine?
- duckdown Jul 4, 2008 11:04 AM
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 :)
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.
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.