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Where to buy cheese curds?

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 Sep 23, 2010 01:34 PM

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

    Saxelby Cheesemongers
    120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

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

    1. squid kun 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...

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

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      1. re: squid kun
        IntrepidNook 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.)

        1. re: IntrepidNook
          uwsister Sep 24, 2010 09:35 AM

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

      2. JungMann Sep 24, 2010 07:12 AM

        Murray's has them.

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