rennet

noun
ren·​net | \ ˈre-nət How to pronounce rennet (audio) \

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

Examples of rennet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But there are a few cheeses that need no rennet and require practically no labor at all. Daniel Neman, Twin Cities, "Homemade cheese? No whey!," 31 July 2019 Most cheeses require rennet, an enzyme found in the stomach of cows (and sheep and goats). Daniel Neman, Twin Cities, "Homemade cheese? No whey!," 31 July 2019 Where, in combination with the wild bacteria forever in our air (and even the air of an empty calf’s stomach), the rennet native there further coagulated and firmed the curds into the first cheese. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "How to manage food mishaps in the kitchen," 31 July 2019 The rennet helps start the coagulation process, turning milk into curds. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Connected to the Craft," 3 Dec. 2018 The rennet addition is so exacting that Beecher’s uses a scale measuring to the tenth of a gram. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Connected to the Craft," 3 Dec. 2018 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

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rennet. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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rennet

noun
ren·​net | \ ˈren-ət How to pronounce rennet (audio) \

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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