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Looking for Cheese Curds

jennyt Jun 26, 2009 10:19 AM

I want to make poutine for a Canada Day vs. USA Day party I am having next week. Canada Day is July 1st, so to compromise, I am having the party on July 2nd! Does anyone know a reliable source for cheese curds? I know that Whole Foods on Cambridge Street will sometimes have a couple of bags, but not consistently. Last year someone found one bag at Trader Joe's in Cambridge. Does anyone know where I will have the most luck finding them?

Any other sources for Canadian type items (ketchup flavored potato chips for example) are also appreciated!

Thanks in advance,

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  1. galleygirl RE: jennyt Jun 26, 2009 10:30 AM

    Call any of the Whole Foods, and they can probably get them for you by then, even if they don't have them. They get regular shipments from Maplebrook Farm, that makes their mozzarella, so they can get their curds as well...

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      KitchenAid RE: jennyt Jun 26, 2009 10:33 AM

      I've consistently seen them at Trader Joe's on Boylston in the Back Bay.

      1. nsenada RE: jennyt Jun 26, 2009 11:25 AM

        TJs in Needham also always has them. I made some with prime rib gravy...possibly the most heart-unhealthy thing I've ever eaten.

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          nsenada RE: nsenada Mar 3, 2010 10:13 AM

          Ugh - they've stopped carrying the curds, apparently at every TJ. They told me that they weren't popular enough. I started crying and asked if it was my fault for not buying more. Deep inside, I knew it was. Oh, well, I guess I'll have to find a Hannaford's nearby.

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            kt1969 RE: nsenada Mar 8, 2010 06:10 AM

            Oh, NO!!!!!! Sorry, I'll take some of that blame...I only buy them a couple of times a year. Crap. :(

        2. GretchenS RE: jennyt Jun 26, 2009 11:51 AM

          Trader Joe's in Arlington Heights always seems to have them.

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          1. re: GretchenS
            janzy RE: GretchenS Jun 26, 2009 02:17 PM

            Ocean State Job Lot frequently carries the kethup flavored potato chips.
            I got them a couple of times at the Quincy and Randolph stores.

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            mwk RE: jennyt Jun 26, 2009 03:06 PM

            Actually, it's the easiest thing in the world to make your own, if you can't find them to buy.

            I do it all the time, for making fresh paneer cheese, or cottage cheese.

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              gulliver RE: jennyt Jun 26, 2009 07:49 PM

              I second Galleygirl. I used to order the Maplebrook Farm's cheddar bites from my Whole Foods store (Cambridge/River Street). These are not as good and as fresh and salty as those you find in Quebec but that is probably your best option in Boston.

              I doubt you will find a good local source of Canadian products in Boston, at least none of my fellow Canadian citizens have found one. There is CanadianFavourite.com which I have used in the past and I have been pretty happy with their service.

              Ketchup flavored potato chips:


              For your poutine (I might have some in the pantry if that is an emergency):

              If you deep fry your own fries, try duck fat......amazing. The tastiest fries ever.

              Hope that helps,

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              1. re: gulliver
                jennyt RE: gulliver Jun 30, 2009 07:56 AM

                Oh dear, this website is making me homesick. I think I'll have to order myself some President's Choice Decadent Cookies to dull the pain and then wash it down with some T. Ho's.


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                Lighthousehunter RE: jennyt Jun 29, 2009 04:02 PM

                The Hannaford's super market chain carries Yancey's Fancy brand from upstate NY in their cheese section.

                1. okra RE: jennyt Jun 30, 2009 06:38 AM

                  I haven't been in awhile, but... another option is to head down Rt 24 for poutine and have it served to you. Right off the highway in West Bridgewater is Montreal French Fries. Gino does a great job!

                  Montreal French Fries
                  757 W Center St West, Bridgewater, MA

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                  1. re: okra
                    CStalder RE: okra Jul 1, 2009 04:52 PM

                    All-Star Sandwich Bar in Inman Sq, Cambridge also has poutine. I have no ability to vouch for authenticity, but I think it's delicious.

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