Cheese curds are little known in locations without cheese factories, because they should ideally be eaten within hours of manufacture. Their flavor is mild, with about the same firmness as cheese, but with a springy or rubbery texture. Fresh curds squeak against the teeth when bitten into, a defining characteristic, due to air trapped inside their porous bodies. They are sometimes referred to as "squeaky cheese". They are sometimes somewhat salty. The American variety is usually yellow or orange, like most American Cheddar cheese. Other varieties, as in Quebec or New York State, can be paler.
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