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All About The Curd

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All About The Curd
What is a cheese curd made of?
Cheese curds are the fresh curds of cheese, often cheddar. Their flavor is mild with about the same firmness as cheese, but has a springy or rubbery texture. Fresh curds squeak against the teeth when bitten into, which some would say is their defining characteristic.
How do they make cheese curds?
As cheese is being madecurds form after the milk is acidified (using starter culture) and coagulated (using rennet). The coagulated milk is cut and heated, separating the liquid (whey) from the solids (curds). … This is done to release more moisture and give the curds a specific texture.
How is a cheese curd different than cheese?
In the cheese making process, the curds are placed in a mold and put under weight to drive the residual whey out and achieve a nice, tightly bonded wheel. Cheese curds are the loose particles or chunks of cheese that form after the curd is cut and drained, and before it is molded (or “hooped”).

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