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Where to get Cheese Curds near Raleigh?

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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! http://www.ashecountycheese.com/store...
    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 bacon...in other words, I'm planning a trip to Ashe County soon.