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Jun 25, 2011 05:58 AM

Can you find real Quebec-style curd cheese in Toronto?

Lots of places sell curd cheese in Toronto, but I've yet to find a place that does it right and serves it so fresh it squeaks on your teeth, like you can find everywhere in Quebec.

Anyone have a suggestion for me?

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  1. Find the closest small cheese factory. That's the only real solution. Curds don't travel well. They've always been a disappointment around the GTA because they're never that fresh.

    1. Try Artisan Cheese and Food Gallery, Royal York/Bloor area


      1. Look for places that bring in the curd from Black River, then find out when they get fresh shipments, squeaky goodness.

        Another tip, don't refrigerate the curds, they need to be at room temp to squeak properly. You'll notice the stuff you buy in Eastern Ontario and Quebec at gas stations and depanneurs is just sitting out on the counter near the cash.

        1. Culinarium gets in shipments of Black River curds from time to time. They have a dedicated mailing list to alert people when they're getting them in. Not quite the same as buying them directly from a cheese factory, but they are still nice and squeaky by the time they get them.

          705 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S 2N4, CA

          1. I think this was mentioned in a thread about poutine, but bears repetition here: the poutine sold at Costco, amazingly, uses curd brought from Quebec. And yet they don't sell it in the store part?! The poutine is so reasonably priced for a large portion (just over $4) that you could ask them to "hold the fries and gravy" and come out ahead, given the high price of curd.
            You needn't be a Costco member to get access to the food court within.

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            1. re: non sequitur

              The curds are previously frozen, but that is a good idea. You could also ask them for a generous portion of curds, but on the side.