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Cheese-making supplies

  • eoj Aug 27, 2007 07:09 PM
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Does anyone know of a supplier in Montreal for rennet and the bacterial culture needed for making cheese? I'm not looking to buy in bulk, just enough to make a batch at home.

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  1. Try the food co-ops or health/organic food stores for the rennet.
    If that doesn't help, did you look in a supermarket? The rennet is often sold in the aisle where "Junket" powder is sold.

    Below this is an LJ link to bulk food co-ops that also might lead you to a place that you could call for info, at least!
    http://community.livejournal.com/mont...

    The bacterial cultures sold in shops usually are Lactobacillus and are for making yoghurt. I have never seen anything for cheese, per se.

    1. I just started cheese-making and ordered a small kit from http://www.cheesemaking.com/
      It looks like they have everything you'd need in small batch quantities.

      1. Here's a link to recipes that use cultured buttermilk or yogurt and Junket rennet instead of the more exotic cultures you get from a cheesemaking place. All should be available in most supermarkets.
        dave
        http://biology.clc.uc.edu/fankhauser/...

        1. I got rennet at Hamel, at Jean Talon market. It worked well. Cheese cloth was surprisingly hard to find, I ended up getting it at Provigo.

          My cheese was ok--I think one of the keys is to find good whole milk. Why go through all the trouble if your source is pasteurized and kind of de-flavoured? The milk I used was d'Antan which was the best I could find.

          I made a mistake though: after cutting the curd, I dumped the whole thing into a tub. All the beatiful little curds kind of got mashed. Made it a pain to pass through the cloth since there were now so many fine bits. In the end the cheese was tasty, but I'm waiting to find whole milk before I do it again. (btw, I followed this guy too: http://biology.clc.uc.edu/fankhauser/...)

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          1. re: skinner

            Cheese cloth is readily available at any dollar store - or at least any dollar store I have been to in the NDG area.

          2. I found rennet at fromagerie Hamel at the Atwater market. Ask for Présure (french translation of rennet). It was $9.95 for 50ml bottle. They also had it in powder form at fromagerie Atwater, it was $3.99 for a tiny packet. I am making mozzarella and burrata so I needed citric acid, which I found at the drug store. I had to ask for it at the prescription counter.

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            1. re: Steffiekiwi

              Vrac du Marche (Atwater) has citric acid. Other places should also have it.

            2. In Laval, Chomedey to be exact, there is a store on Blvd St-martin ouest 4280 that sells Rennet and fine salt for cheese making. they also sell cheese molds. just ask the casheer or deli department. Lovely little store. I found everything I needed to try my hand at making cheese for the first time. the store is called Marche Toit bleu. Hope this helps.