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Detroit Area- Where to buy rennet

interplanetjanet Feb 14, 2011 04:50 PM

Where in the Detroit area can I buy vegetable rennet and raw milk for my mozzerella cheese making project? I tried plum market, which ended up being a massive fail

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    Wooderson Feb 15, 2011 09:41 AM

    To get raw milk I think you have to buy a share in a cow. Basically, you own the cow so you can then drink the milk. I don't think raw milk can be sold over the counter. I have friends with a share and have received a couple of gallons, it is good stuff, it doesn't have a long shelf life though.

    This link may help in your search for raw milk:


    As far as rennet, I have no idea.

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    1. re: Wooderson
      JanPrimus Feb 15, 2011 01:56 PM

      hopmanssupply.com has tablets - I would guess you could check other home brew stores too.


      1. re: Wooderson
        interplanetjanet Feb 15, 2011 08:50 PM

        lame! in colorado i was able to go over to the farm and just buy some

        1. re: interplanetjanet
          JanPrimus Feb 16, 2011 03:05 AM

          Detroit is not to well know for having farms. So far....

      2. c
        charlesbois Feb 16, 2011 05:55 AM

        zingerman's has mozzarella making kits, maybe that's a way you could go. And in older grocery stores (think old Krogers or IGAs) I've seen rennet tablets by the ice cream cones and toppings. Also maybe Whole Foods?

        1. j
          Jack Freeman Feb 16, 2011 07:17 AM

          IPJ..when were you able to do that? Recently? It is my understanding that it's now completely illegal in any state to sell raw milk. This is the reason you must buy shares, which are available through almost every farmers' market. I know you can still buy raw milk in Canada.

          We picked up some excellent raw milk cheese from Bellwether Farms at the Power Road Winter Farms Market in Farmington a couple of weeks ago. Not sure how they can sell the raw milk cheese..I know they sell shares of a cow too..but the cheese is available for sale to everyone and it's great.

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          1. re: Jack Freeman
            interplanetjanet Feb 16, 2011 07:44 AM

            I was able to get raw milk while there this past august

            1. re: interplanetjanet
              Jack Freeman Feb 16, 2011 09:42 AM

              So..I did a little research. MI is one of 23 states that ban the sale of raw milk. Not surprising because MI is pretty tough across the board when it comes to all things food. Except that annoying Cottage Law that allows anybody and everybody to make food in their house to sell. Sorry I'm off subject here...that one just annoys me. At least they should require a foodservice class or two before they are allowed to sell up to 15k in food to the world!

            2. re: Jack Freeman
              JanPrimus Feb 16, 2011 09:08 AM

              As of right now you can sell Raw Milk Cheese in the US if it has been aged for at least 60 days.

              1. re: JanPrimus
                Jack Freeman Feb 16, 2011 09:28 AM

                Thanks, Jan! Good to know! I wasn't sure how that worked. It's definitely a different tasting cheese. I love it my wife..not so much...lol

                1. re: JanPrimus
                  Wooderson Feb 17, 2011 09:15 AM

                  "As of right now" are the key words, the FDA is currently looking into this:



                  1. re: Wooderson
                    JanPrimus Feb 17, 2011 10:51 AM

                    Yep....I was too lazy to dig up the links but that is EXACTLY what i was referring too. I will have to become a outlaw. Raw Milk for the win.

                    1. re: JanPrimus
                      momskitchen Feb 18, 2011 02:38 AM

                      You don't HAVE To use raw milk to make mozzarella....pasteurized milk works fine.

                      1. re: momskitchen
                        JanPrimus Feb 18, 2011 03:27 AM

                        Next think you will be telling me that I don't need a Water Buffalo!

              2. momskitchen Feb 17, 2011 10:27 AM

                Zingermans probably doesn't sell vegetable rennet as it is bitter compared to the real thing. I think you can only buy in online....

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