cheese and vegetarians

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by kinnip, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    I try to cook meat free a couple times a week, so I spend some time perusing vegetarian sites. I'm amazed by the number of vegetarians who eat hard cheeses. They spend so much time avoiding things like gelatin, but don't seem to realize that most cheeses are made with animal rennet from the lining of a calf's stomach. [​IMG]
  2. ChickenTender63

    ChickenTender63 Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    Alamance, NC
    That's what I use to make my cheese. And it sure does a fine job with it also, but then I am a meat lover as well.
  3. meriruka

    meriruka Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    I only eat cheese made with vegetable rennet. I think they are also called "microbial enzymes". Brands that uses veg. rennet for Parmesan are Bel Gioioso and Horizon Organic. I think most vegetarians aren't aware what animal rennet actually is.......

    Here's a good site:
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I could certainly be wrong (I'm not vegetarian so have never really stressed out over researching it in depth) but I was sorta under the impression that most cheeses nowadays were made with vegetable rennet (which is sort of a misnomer as these days I think most 'vegetable' rennet is actually from microbial cultures).

    Certainly calf/kid stomachs are by no means the only source of rennet.

  5. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    There is vegetable rennet available, but it doesn't work as well as animal rennet. Bel Gioioso makes both an animal rennet parm and a veg rennet parm.

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