A Tale of Curd Comparison

Down below, you will see on the right an English muffin slathered in Trader Joe’s Lemon Curd. On the left is the same English muffin, but ever so cleverly slathered in Lemon Curd from a local chef that I know. I know what you’re thinking. The curd on the right looks more palatable because it doesn’t look like a porn set had a collision with a bakery. Oh, but how you would be so wrong.
It is true that the Curd from TJ’s is quite good. It’s tasty. It’s lemony. It really works all the angles that need to be worked in curdness and lemoness. But, there is the issue in that it’s mass produced. When you encounter a Curd make by hand as the one on the left is (again, allow all allusions to porn dissipate) you really can taste the difference. The lefthand Curd (if you’re still snickering, you really need to grow up) has all of these nuances of lemon zest. You can taste what went in to it. While the one from TJ’s is good, it tastes like lemon was just a flavor added to it, while the handmade one tastes as if it was brought completely in to being from lemons. Advantage: handmade.
Oh and as a side note, Lemon Curd is awesome, especially when liberally applied to a toasted scone, which just goes to show that the best food out of England all revolves around the drinking of tea.
A Tale of Curd Comparison