I want to buy rennet and so far I can’t find any sources to buy rennet that I am comfortable with. Here are my ‘issues’:
1. Animal rennet in the U.S. will most certainly come from factory farmed animals – I won’t buy that.
2. Vegetarian rennet is apparently a genetically modified product, starting in the 1990s. Used in most American cheeses and a large percentage of cheeses in Great Britain. What did they use before the 1990s? And where can I find that?
3. Many European countries ban the GMO rennet and apparently Denmark actually makes one cheese for use in country and another cheese using an inferior rennet for exporting to the U.S.. Where can I get the rennet that the European countries use? (the ones who ban GMOs)
4. Finally, is all animal rennet made from veal calves?
By the way Jeanine, something to think about regarding veal (really, just calf), rennet. You can't have milk, without having calves (i.e. cows don't give milk, if they don't give birth). Half of them will be male (roughly) and they are going to either be killed or raised as steers - usually if from milk cows, just killed.
A milk cow will live 7 to 9 years when in production (normally butchered after that due to drop off in milk) - figure they had at least 4 to 8 birthings in that time period - which means, if you don't slaughter some of them, the world will be ankle deep in manure in a short period of time. Which is also why male calves of milk cows are considered pretty much worthless.
If you accept cheese, is animal rennet really that bad? You can't have milk, without butchering male calves.
Not wanting to debate nor question your beliefs, just talking the circle of life here, as relates to milk production.
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Fred, my opposition to veal stems from feeding calves at a cousins dairy farm when I was little. We played with the calves and bottle fed them. Then it was explained to me that veal came from calves that were not allowed to move - they were confined to boxes to keep the meat tender and were not allowed outside to play and graze like the calves at my cousins farm. That was around 1969 and I haven't touched veal since.
I do eat meat I am just very particular about how it is raised and slaughtered. So if I cannot find animal products that I am certain receive the same care as the animals that I raise at home for meat and eggs then I just go with out.
As a matter of fact I haven't eaten beef for some years now but I have considered getting a calf from a friends farm to feed and slaughter here at home but we just haven't made time or provisions for that at this point.
Off topic I know, but I know a fellow who makes a really good income from raising dairy calves into steers. The dairies sell the male, 1 day old calves for about $20. Then you have to bottle feed them till weaned. After that its just fatten up and sell. Lots of work, little $$ input, and good $$ return. Most times he will have 15 - 20 somewhere along in the process.
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Thanks for the link Fred. I just ordered the beginners mozzarella and ricotta kit. It has the non GMO vegetable rennet tablets. I figured the kit would be a good start and then I'll go from there after I see how the first batch turns out.
I am a vegetarian and have made some cheese at home with some lemons that is the easiest i think
for soft fresh cheeses
or if you can get fresh milk just leave it a few days and it wil start by it self
i wanted to try to make real cheese i mean what you can keep longer but i havent figured that out my self