10 Facts about the Squeaky Wisconsin Cheese Customers are Craving
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? Here are 10 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 separated from the whey during the cheesemaking process.
- The elastic protein strands in curds rub against the enamel of your teeth to create that signature “squeaky” sound.
- The “squeak” is also a sign of curd freshness.
- 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 ranch.
- Fried cheese curds are just as heavenly as fresh curds. In fact, two-thirds of restaurant cheese curds are battered and fried, and served up with a selection of flavorful dipping sauces, while one-third of restaurant cheese curds are fresh, and frequently found in poutine.
- Over the past year, there has been a 6 percent increase in operators serving Wisconsin cheese curds on menus.
- While cheese curds are most widely known in Wisconsin, cheese curd mentions on restaurant menus nationwide is up 8 percent.
- Cheese curds make a great Bloody Mary garnish or even a burger topping. Read on for some of our favorite recipes and visit www.eatcurds.com for more inspiration!
Use the Wisconsin Cheese Curds infographic in your classroom.
Vodka-Battered Cheese Curds
In this twist on a deep fried classic, Chef Tory Miller of Madison, WI, coats his curds in a mix of vodka, club soda and buttermilk before frying them golden brown.
Cheese Curd Caprese Salad
Substitute traditional mozzarella with squeaky cheese curds to make a unique side salad or entrée.
Chorizo Burgers with Cheese Curd Corn Relish
Try these chorizo burgers topped with an easy relish of chopped cheese curds, corn kernels, onion and cilantro. It’s the perfect mix of crunch and squeak, and can also be served with tortilla chips as an appetizer.
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