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Feb 9, 2010 12:01 PM

Frozen Breaded Cheese Curds

Does anyone know where I can buy them? Need a few pounds for a party this Friday. I googled the term, and Ellsworth Creamery teased me by advertising them and then noted they are not available yet.... Not looking for a deal - juest need to have this week! I will gladly order by mail or drive a 50-mile radius - I live in Inver Grove.... Thanks!

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      1. So you're not looking for the squeaky kind that come straight from WI....hmm...but I want to say I have found them at Von Hansen's-the ones that are actually breaded nuggets. I don't know if anyone in your area (or friends) orders Schwan's but we do get them from time to time from them. They're about the size of a mini tator tot.

        1. Sam's Club in Eagan has large bags of breaded cheese curds in their frozen foods section. I have not tried them so I can't tell you about their taste or quality.

          1. I can't help you with pre-breaded and frozen cheese curds but I do have a solution. Believe it or not, the Rybicki Cheese shop at MOA has the best fresh cheese curds short of the Creamery in Ellsworth -- IMO. Many times I have gone there, bought a couple of their large bags, and taken them home to bread and freeze. They even sell a breading if you don't like to make your own.

            The key to getting the breading to stick well is to put the fresh curds in your freezer for a 1/2 hour or hour to get them to start freezing. Then make a big egg batter in a giant bowl. Dump all of your cheese curds in the egg batter. Then pull them out by hand and toss them into a big bowl of breading. Pull them out of the breading, put into zip locks, and freeze until Friday.

            That's how I do prior to tailgating for Packer games.

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            1. re: GutGrease

              You are absolutely right on Rybicki Cheese Shop and you're the first person I've ever heard say that. I pick up cheese curds whenever I travel through Wisconsin and I can be quite particular! The curds at Rybicki are always fresh and squeacky!

              1. re: GutGrease

                I often recommend Rybicki to out of towners who are visiting the MOA, but I've never recommended it to locals because I can't figure out a quick way in and out of the MOA. Do they have any other sales outlets in the Twin Cities?


                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  No other place than MOA for Rybicki that I know of. I always make it a point to stop at Rybicki's every time I go to the mall. In the winter it is a great place to get in some walking for exercise and walk enough to sample their cheeses. One circuit around the mall donut is about 9/10ths of a mile.

                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    When I first moved to Minnesota, I would park on the 5th level of the parking ramp near Nordstroms because I always knew that I could enter MOA on the 3rd level, just across from Rybicki's and the Garlic Shoppe (which is unfortunately not there anymore). I was always in and out in minutes. The trick with MOA parking is that the ramps are wide, not deep. So if you just park near the back you'll save the time spent looking for a good spot and walk the same distance to the door versus walking parallel to the mall.

                    All that aside, Rybicki's is good. They actually make the curds every day in Wisconsin and the owners drive the curds to MOA daily. That's why it is so fresh. I stop and talk to them all of the time when I'm buying. I also enjoy their aged cheddars.

                    1. re: GutGrease

                      Thanks for the tip!

                      By the way, today's Weds, which means you can go to the UofM Dairy Lab for cheese curds. (not breaded or fried) The dairy lab is open to the public only on Weds afternoons and they don't ALWAYS have curds for sale... but when they have them, they are fantastic.