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Curd is the Word!

By UDA - October 15, 2019

National Cheese Curd Day is October 15

Crazy for curds? Lucky for us, UDA makes it easy to enjoy cheese curds throughout the year! Milk n More opened in 2003 and has been making cheese curds since 2009 and has proven to be a customer favorite and best-selling item.

  • Each  year our cheese plant makes 160,000 pounds of cheese curds.
  • Flavors include jalapeno, garlic and dill, garlic black pepper and plain.
  • Our best-selling cheese curd flavor is plain.
  • Milk can be turned into cheese curds in about 4 hours! 
  • The Milk n More store sells over 700 bags of curds each each month!


Fun Facts about cheese curds

  • It takes a lot of dairy. About 10 pounds of milk are required to produce 1 pound of curds.
  • A cheese curd is young cheddar. Instead of growing up into an aged block of cheese, they are separated from the whey during the cheesemaking process, leaving behind a solid curd of cheese that has a milky flavor.
  • Curds are colorblind. But some curds are yellow-orange and others are white. Aren't they different types of cheese? Nope. There can be color differences depending on the milk (yes, a cow's diet affects their milk), but mostly the color variation comes from the addition of annatto that turns white curds yellow-orange.
  • Squeak test. Elastic protein strands rub against the enamel of your teeth to create that squeak. The squeak also means the cheese curd is fresh, as only produced a few days before. If your curd loses that squeaky feeling, simply put it in a microwave for a few seconds.
  • Life is better with curds. The idea to give curds their very own day came from Culver’s in 2015. 

Stop by Milk n More on Thursday afternoons after 1:00 pm and pick up a fresh bag of cheese curds minutes after they're done being made!

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