Wisconsin Cheese Curds | Yes, They Really Squeak

Wisconsin Cheese Curds | Yes, They Really Squeak

 

The cheese curd. Maybe you have heard of it. Maybe not. If you live in Wisconsin, a cheese curd is likely the first morsel of adult food to pass your lips. These moist, slightly salty tidbits are synonymous with the Dairy State. Not to be confused with a Cheesehead, which is the traditional nickname for a Green Bay Packers football fan, a cheese curd is something you eat. And, it squeaks. Yes, you read that correctly, cheese curds squeak when bitten. The curd rubs against your teeth and makes a funny, yet ironically encouraging squeak that spurs you on to eat more and more and…  

So, what is a cheese curd, you ask? Well, I am no cheesemaker but apparently the little curds are a step away from being cheese. Under normal circumstances, they would be gathered together, pressed into a block and aged into a lovely block of cheddar. Somewhere along the way, as happens in many kitchens, someone nibbled the ingredients and said, “Yum!”   

Actually, a more accurate history is that a nomadic tribe in the middle east realized that a chemical reactions occurred in milk when you combined the hot desert temperatures with the enzyme rennin, found in their saddlebags. Someone had the idea to taste one of the resulting curds and the rest is history. And, you thought those crazy Packer fans invented the stuff. Ha! They did, however, perfect cheese curds, raising them to almost art form. You can purchase fresh, flavored cheese curds almost anywhere in Wisconsin and squeak to your heart’s content, just don’t show up in a Vikings t-shirt. That’s a no-no. They may even kick you out of the state.