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Mar 5, 2010 09:57 AM

Where to get Cheese Curds near Raleigh?

I'm looking for some cheese curds. Does anyone know where I can get some decent ones? I'm at a loss as to where to go to find some. Any ideas? It doesn't have to be in Raleigh, the surrounding areas are fair game.

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  1. Hey! The best, IMO, are from Ashe County, NC, but... that is a bit of a drive**. I did see some at Trader Joe's a couple weeks as I paused to consider them, but then moved on so I can't speak to how decent they were.

    **However, I did just look on their website, and they have the cheese curds listed. You have made me start craving them!
    Ashe County Cheese Inc
    106 East Main Street
    West Jefferson, NC 28694
    (336) 246-2501

    1. I wouldn't get any from Trader Joe's. To be really good, they need to be absolutely fresh, and to be fresh you need to get them from a cheesemaker or from a place that gets them directly from the cheesemaker (like the same day they are made).

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      1. re: romansperson

        "Cheese curds are little-known in locations without cheese factories, because they should ideally be eaten within hours of manufacture. Their flavor is mild with about the same firmness as cheese, but has a springy or rubbery texture. Fresh curds squeak against the teeth when bitten into, a defining characteristic, due to air trapped inside of its porous body. Cheese curds are sometimes referred to as "Squeaky cheese" from Wikipedia

        To find fresh cheese curds, one must find a local cheese maker who makes a cheese like cheddar. I don't know the answer to that, but I do know that cheese curds are to cheese what pork belly is to other words, I'm planning a trip to Ashe County soon.