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Where to buy cheese curds?

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leuce7 Sep 23, 2010 01:02 PM

My husband and I just got back from a trip to Montreal and I've got a hankering for poutine. I tried searching the boards but didn't have any luck, so just wanted to ask, where should I buy cheese curds in Manhattan? Can I just get them at any cheese shop?

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    xtrasharp1 RE: leuce7 Sep 23, 2010 01:34 PM

    Try Saxelby Cheesemongers at the Essex Street Market. I bought them there a few months ago.

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    Saxelby Cheesemongers
    120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

    Essex Street Market
    120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

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      Hey19 RE: xtrasharp1 Apr 24, 2014 01:48 PM

      I love these curds for grilled cheese etc. I cant speak as an expert, but I get curds from saxelby a couple times a month.

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        small h RE: Hey19 Apr 24, 2014 02:21 PM

        I am very fond of those cheese curds. I put them in grits.

    2. squid kun RE: leuce7 Sep 23, 2010 03:55 PM

      FWIW the chef-owner of M. Wells Diner in Queens, who's from there, told the Times he wasn't putting poutine on his menu because he couldn't get the right kind of cheese curds in New York ... http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/30/din...

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      M. Wells Diner
      21-17 49th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

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        IntrepidNook RE: squid kun Sep 24, 2010 08:06 AM

        I am not surprised by this. The key to perfect curds is freshness. They should be consumed within 24 hours of being prepared -- also during this time they should not be refrigerated. Delicious sqweakiness! You can make poutine using refrigerated/older curds, but it just won't be the same. (Also, it should be consumed after a night of binge drinking, but that's another matter entirely.)

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          uwsister RE: IntrepidNook Sep 24, 2010 09:35 AM

          Yes! Cheese curds MUST squeak! Like you're chewing on a balloon :)

      2. JungMann RE: leuce7 Sep 24, 2010 07:12 AM

        Murray's has them.

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          bwashbu RE: leuce7 Apr 23, 2014 03:20 PM

          Beecher's has them as well.

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            UES Mayor RE: leuce7 Apr 25, 2014 04:24 AM

            there is a cheese making store just a couple blocks north of ABC store on same side of street- its called Beechers-they have this huge vat making cheese and you can watch them-curds are in refrigerator case.
            http://www.beechershandmadecheese.com/

            1. Spiritchaser RE: leuce7 Apr 25, 2014 09:25 AM

              +1 for Beecher's "squeeky cheese" as they call it (and it's very good).

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                leuce7 RE: leuce7 Apr 25, 2014 10:39 AM

                Even though this is an old post, thank you everyone who's updated it! fresh curds *do* taste so much different than refrigerated, which is usually what I'm able to get.

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