Description

Cheese curds are an essential product of the cheesemaking process. Before cheeses like cheddar are formed into blocks or wheels and aged, they start out as curds. Fresh cheese curds have a slightly rubbery texture and squeak when you eat them.
 
You may be wondering why a curd squeaks. The elastic protein strands in cheese curds rub against the enamel of your teeth and create the squeak. This characteristic sound of a curd is the sign of its freshness. After twelve hours or so, curds will begin to lose their squeak. After a couple of days, you can restore their squeak with a few seconds in the microwave.
 
For optimal freshness and squeakiness, curds should be eaten the day they are produced, but can last for several days in the refrigerator.

Appearance

Small, random-sized pieces, can be yellow or white, sometimes contains flavorings.

Texture

Firm and squeaky.

Flavor

Fresh, milky and salty. Sometimes contains flavorings such as garlic, spicy Cajun, taco or mild ranch.

Serving Suggestions

Serve plain as a snack or bread and deep fry. Also classic ingredient of Poutine.

Goes Well With

Beer.

Styles/Varieties

Plain, multiple flavors such as dill, garlic, pepper, cajun.