Where to get Cheese Curds near Raleigh?
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
"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.