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Best cheese curds in Wisconsin

Discussion in 'The Atrium' started by ivo610, Apr 15, 2016.

  1. ivo610

    ivo610 Cheesehead

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    where has the best cheese curds in Wisconsin?

    You can name multiple places if it's close
     
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    Downtown dell's...Carr Valley.
     
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    Laack Bros and Steve's.
     
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    Cheese curds? Are they similar to what we call mozarella cheese sticks in PA?
     
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    Sort of. It's a fresh curd that's friend. At its best it's the difference between hamburger and Kobe steak
     
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    That looks good! :tup:
     
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    In this case, looks are not deceiving. They are good. If the curd squeaks, it is fresh. Curds are the first solid form of milk in the cheese making process. The liquid is drained off as whey. Curds are mixed with various molds, aged, and pressed to produce the flavored cheese that most people recognize.
     
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    Upon further review, there are really not BAD cheese curds. Just over/under-cooked or not fresh or over-breaded.
     
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    For the fresh cheese curds, I would have to say Ellsworth Creamery. For deep fries cheese curds, pretty much any old little dive bar where you can wash em down with an ice cold beer.
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    Most any dive bar will get them from one of a few distributors. Distributors get them from the same wholesalers or producers thus they are almost all the same. Temperature of oil, cleanliness of oil, age of oil, previous usage of oil, time in oil, type of oil all matter. Notice the common theme? That is about the only taste difference.
    My new employer makes cheese nuggets for deep frying. Note they are not curds but cheddar cheese sliced and diced to a uniform size. Curd sizes vary a bit. One way to tell the difference.
    We also make mozzarella sticks Croak mentioned as well as almost any non-meat appetizers you've tried.
     
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    What is the best place to buy cheese curds in GB? Been craving some since my last visit!
     
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    Fresh? Any store has them. I'd look for a dairy related one like Hansens. Deep fried? Pretty much every eating spot that isn't ethnic has them. As I noted, the taste is usually close to the same. I'd look into the drinking establishments that also do food for the best.
     
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    Visiting Wisconsin for the first time in October and CANNOT wait to try these!
     
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    Ellsworth supplies all of the cheese curds for the MN State Fair, as well as the MN Renaissance Festival. They also supply curds for local cheese shops as well. Yep, the squeak is the sign of a good cheese curd.
     
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    Just any old gas station.
     
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    any ol' gas station may have them, doesn't make them edible, let alone the best.
     
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    . Actually, the best I ever had were at New Glarus. It was a slight improvement over the gas station curds. It's not like you get your options of blue cheese curds or extra sharp curds, fill havarti curds, etc. unless you know a place that that has distinct varieties, they aren't that much different from place to place. I'd love to know if there was an artisanal curd shop because I never saw a place like that in the 25 years I lived in Wisconsin.
     

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