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Jul 3, 2008 08:54 AM

Rennet in NoVA/DC/MD area?

I want to make some home made cheese and would like to find a local source of rennet tablets. I believe there's a brand called Junket (Janket?). Liquid would also be fine, but I'd rather have the tablets.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Cocinero Cubano

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  1. The last rennet I bought was from Yes! Organic Market on Capitol Hill, right around the corner from Eastern Market.

    A terrific local chain, they've got stores in Cleveland Park and a couple of other places.

    The rennet I bought is vegetable, rather than animal, based, but it works fine. It is liquid but that's all they had. It's a pretty hard-to-find product.
    I haven't been able to find Junket locally but you can purchase it from through their website.

    I actually like the liquid better because I had trouble getting the tablets to dissolve completely for the type of cheese I make all the time. There was always some residual grit.

    5 Replies
    1. re: MakingSense

      Swell and thanks. I just got in from the WFs on P NW that does have the rennet Junket brand tablets. It's cheap, a buck and change for a pack of eight. I'm glad to know of a source for the liquid type. If the tablets don't work, I'll give that a whirl. My Organic Market in Alexandria (Mt. Vernon Ave) also carries the liquid form.

      Cocinero Cubano

      1. re: MakingSense

        MS - after searching every logical shelf I asked the other day at the CH location and the guy denied they carried it (although he said he gets that request at least once a week - a clue for stock maybe?)

        in what part of the store did you see it and how long ago?


        1. re: hill food

          I don't remember where or when. But I'm running low so this is a problem that must be solved soon! I must therefore join you in this quest.
          I hate the thought of mail ordering such a small item. The postage always exceeds the cost of the thing I order and that just burns me up!!!

          I'm going to call Yes! "corporate" although they'd probably hate me calling them that....

          1. re: MakingSense

            all the more reason to refer to them as such - have you seen their prices lately? (I know everyone's prices are up, but...)

            just called Bower's and Cowgirl - no on both.

            oh the tyranny of cheesemongers.

            1. re: MakingSense

              not Safeway or the Teeter (both CH Potomac avenue station)

              I could go to WF but I'm lazy.

        2. I wanted to do the same thing. Went to the Giant in Vienna, Virginia. They had Junket. Right there on the grocery shelves. That led me to believe that probably every grocery store has them. Didn't realize it might be hard to find.

          1. I have bought the liquid at Wegman's in Hunt Valley, they may also have the tablets but I didn't check.

            1. This is looking like a long drive from anywhere - online might be your best bet.


              1. I think that Junket is specifically NOT recommended (for mozarella, at least)