Here is my bowl of curd cheese! I made this for poutine night the other day. This little bit of cheese takes a full 8 hours to make! I tried the same recipe I used before but a different technique to dry it up.
It's called "Cheddaring". Basically when the curd is all cooked and drained, you flatten it out and cut it into two pieces. You then layer the pieces and top it with heat for 15 minutes.
In my case, I filled two ziptop bags with hot water and put that on top of the layers. This is to help the curd continue to release whey and dry out. You repeat this process by flipping the curd from top to bottom, draining off any expelled whey, and making sure the heat on top is around 100F - all for a total of two hours.
But...my curd still didn't squeak! When the curd cheese squeaks, it means you have the right texture for melting. I guess it's the same idea as the Mozzarella. If the Mozza doesn't stretch, it won't melt. If the curd doesn't squeak, it won't melt.
The flavour is definitely spot on...but the curd didn't melt with the hot gravy poured on top. I have another recipe that calls for buttermilk, and it's (quote) GUARANTEED (unquote) to squeak...we shall see the next time!