Rennet, used in the cheese-making process, can come from animal, vegetable, or microbial sources.
All three types of rennet are found in Trader Joe's cheeses. Following is an explanation of each of these rennet sources accompanied by examples of the products containing the specified rennet. This is only a mere sampling of the products containing rennet that are available at your local Trader Joe's.
This enzyme is obtained from the stomach region of a suckling mammal, usually a calf or a lamb. Animal rennet is the traditional rennet used to make cheese. Most European cheeses use animal rennet.
Vegetable rennet is derived from plants. The enzymes are extracted from the plants and modified into a form similar to that of animal rennet. This type of rennet is acceptable for a lactovegetarian.
This is a common enzyme made from microorganisms through a process of fermentation. Common microorganisms include fungi and bacteria. This type of rennet is also acceptable for a lactovegetarian.
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