rennet

noun
ren·​net | \ˈre-nət \

Definition of rennet 

1a : the contents of the stomach of an unweaned animal and especially a calf

b : the lining membrane of a stomach or one of its compartments (such as the fourth of a ruminant) used for curdling milk also : a preparation of the stomach of animals used for this purpose

2a : rennin

b : a substitute for rennin

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Real cheese as it’s been made for thousands of years is made with milk, rennet, and salt, and that’s it. Alex Van Buren, Health.com, "What Is Vegan Cheese Exactly—and Should You Be Eating It?," 29 Mar. 2018 Organic vegetable rennet is available in an eyedrop-size bottle in the refrigerator case at Mom’s. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "Beyond bugs: 12 unique (and strange) ingredients at Mom's Organic Market and what to do with them," 16 May 2018 Because an acid like vinegar or lemon juice is used to create the curds (rennet serves that purpose in most cheese), paneer retains its shape when heated. Eric Velasco, AL.com, "Where to get the best Indian paneer dishes in Birmingham," 19 Oct. 2017 Add rennet to remaining ¼ cup water and mix until dissolved. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "It may be fast-casual food, but Red Herring's menu 'isn't a joke'," 11 July 2017 Rennet rapidly converts milk into a cloudy gel by changing the structure of a milk protein called casein. Jordan C. Axelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In Wisconsin, we love our cheese curds. But how are they made? And why do they squeak?," 7 July 2017 Remember, some vegetarians will not eat cheeses made with animal rennet. Lauren Williams, Orange County Register, "Tips from a cheese enthusiast on how to create the perfect cheese platter," 17 Feb. 2017 With the help of rennet (an enzyme), the milk’s physical form changes from liquid to solid (which become curds). Allyson Reedy, The Denver Post, "Why do we love cheese? We count the ways with experts of the ooey-gooey goodness.," 18 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of rennet

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rennet

Middle English, from Middle English *rennen to cause to coagulate, from Old English gerennan, from ge- together + *rennan to cause to run; akin to Old High German rennen to cause to run, Old English rinnan to run — more at co-, run

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rennet

noun
ren·​net | \ˈren-ət \

Medical Definition of rennet 

1a : the contents of the stomach of an unweaned animal and especially a calf

b : the lining membrane of a stomach or one of its compartments (as the fourth of a ruminant) used for curdling milk also : a preparation of the stomach of animals used for this purpose

2a : rennin

b : a substitute for rennin

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