What is a Cheese Curd?

Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery’s All Natural Cheddar cheese Curds are the freshest form of cheddar cheese. Before the cheddar cheese is placed in a 40 pound block, we take the curd, salt it and quick chill it, so it keeps the shape of a cheese curd. People all around the country enjoy cheese curds in their natural fresh form or enjoy battered and deep fried.

Our customized vacuumed sealed packages have been tested to have a shelf life that exceeds 6 months when kept refrigerated and unopened. The oxygen is taken out of the bags - yet the cheese remains loosely packaged and not sucked together into an unappetizing clump of cheese. The longer the cheese remains inside the sealed/unopened package the more enriched the cheddar flavor becomes. Once opened, eat within 3-5 days.

Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery accepts only rBST free milk! It’s been proven that our delectable cheddar cheese curds draw the longest lines at state fairs when breaded and at trade shows when sampled as fresh cheese curds.

We were named the “Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin” for a reason. Our cheese curds are so popular they are asked for by name! Our name is synonymous with quality.

Uses for Cheese Curds

Fresh: Fresh cheese curds are often eaten as a snack, finger food or an appetizer. They may be served alone, dressed with an additional flavor, or with another food, such as a small smoked sausage or piece of cured pork, with the elements skewered together on a toothpick. Examples of flavorings applied to fresh curds include garlic, cajun , taco, ranch, hickory bacon or lemon pepper dill seasoning.

Fried: In the Midwestern United States, deep-fried cheese curds are often found at carnivals and fairs, and often local non-chain fast-food restaurants and bars, as well as a few chain restaurants of local origin, such as A&W and Dairy Queen. Deep-fried cheese curds are covered with a batter, like that used for onion rings, or are breaded and placed in a deep fryer.

Ellsworth Cheese Curd Batter Recipe:

2/3 c milk
½ c. flour
¾ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
Coat the curds and deep fry.


Cheese curds are a main ingredient in Poutine, a dish consisting of french fries topped with fresh cheese curds, covered with brown gravy and sometimes additional ingredients. The dish originated in rural Quebec, Canada, in the late 1950s.

Poutine Using Ellsworth Cheese Curds

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