Updated 7/21/2012 – We are adding new cheeses that are considered ”vegetarian-suitable” cheeses. Cheeses traditionally use animal rennet in the cheesemaking process; but over time many cheesemakers have turned to alternative rennets; vegetable (including thistle), microbial and/or chymosin, a lab-produced clone of the animal rennet. The BelGioioso list has been updated to reflect their link in the comment area below. A special thanks to those who take the time to help us keep this list updated.
My thanks to Charles at Cypress Grove, John Fiscalini, Debbie Crave, Julie at Beecher’s, Lenny at Bellwether Farms for their assistance in making this list.
Special thanks to Gordon Edgar for assistance in correcting and/or clarifying some of the entries on this list. Gordon’s new book, Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge, has just been published – be sure and check it out.
Links will be added over the next few days as located.
To assist our Vegetarians Foodies, The Lady and I have put together this quick list of cheeses made using vegetable rennet. As we discover more, we will update the list.
If you have cheeses to add to the list, please make a comment below and we’ll add them.
Alta Dena Sharp Goat Cheddar
Cantalet - Depending on the manufacturer, may use animal rennet
Castelo Branco DOP
Celebrity International Goat Cheese
Cooleeney Irish Brie
Greens of Glastonbury Farmstead Cheddar
Laurel Chenel’s Chevre
Queso de la Serena DO
Raclette - Depending on the manufacturer, may use animal rennet
Serra da Estrela DOP
Tomme de Savoie - Depending on the manufacturer, may use animal rennet
Torta de Barros
Torta de Casar DO
Torta de Los Pedroches
Vella Dry Jack