In Wisconsin, we all know one thing for certain: cheese curds are irresistible. Once you taste them, it’s almost impossible to stop craving their signature squeak. However, there is much more to know about these delectable little morsels. Why do they squeak? How are they made? We’re here to help you become a scholar of curds! Here are ten things you (probably) didn’t know about Wisconsin cheese curds:
- Wisconsin cheese curds get their fresh flavor from top-quality Wisconsin milk. It takes 10 pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese.
- A cheese curd is young cheddar. Instead of growing up into an aged block of cheese, they are separated from the whey during the cheesemaking process, leaving behind a solid curd of cheese that has a milky flavor.
- We know that cheese curds squeak, but why? The elastic protein strands in curds rub against the enamel of your teeth to create that characteristic sound.
- The “squeak” is also a sign of curd freshness. And by fresh we mean they were made less than two days ago.
- If you don’t eat all of your curds within two days, you can restore the squeak by microwaving them for a few seconds. (You are also blessed with immaculate impulse control.)
- Cheese curds can be white or yellow because they are typically a cheddar cheese product.
- Cheese curds come in many flavors. Aside from the traditional curd, you can also find fresh cheese curds in flavors like garlic, spicy Cajun, taco or mild ranch.
- Fried cheese curds are just as heavenly as fresh curds. Did you know you can fry them at home? Recipe here: http://bit.ly/1dMLSVj
- There’s an entire festival dedicated to cheese curds where you can celebrate, admire and eat Wisconsin cheese curds: http://bit.ly/1KPuU7m
- Did you know that some celebrities are huge fans of cheese curds? Nick Offerman (also known as Ron Swanson from “Parks and Recreation”) is a Midwest native and describes himself as the “ideal Badger” because of his love for bratwurst, cheese curds and beer. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Still hungry? You can get your curd fix by visiting a Wisconsin creamery, store or restaurant if you’re craving the fried variety. If you don’t live in Wisconsin, we have good news. You can order fresh curds to your door straight from America’s Dairyland.