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

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Recent Examples on the Web Traditionally, milk is heated, mixed with probiotic cultures and rennet to coagulate, drained of its whey, sprinkled with salt, brined and then aged in barrels, tins or baskets for at least two months. Washington Post, "How to understand and use feta, star of TikTok’s viral pasta recipe," 2 Mar. 2021 The liquid curdled after mixing with the goat or sheep rennet lining the saddlebags, creating the characteristic chunks that now star in many Punjabi and Indian dishes. Popular Science, "Eight international cheeses you need to try once," 4 June 2020 There are regional variations, like soft Parsi topli paneer and Surti paneer, which are both set with rennet, but the firm style popular in Punjab is the most well-known. Leena Trivedi-grenier, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area cheesemakers are changing the narrative of paneer in the U.S.," 15 May 2020 The Institute says this overall kind of technology is already used to make vegetarian rennet—the bacterial starter that turns milk into cheese, historically made with animal parts—and insulin treatments that were previously grown in living animals. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Would You Eat Meat Made from Air?," 13 Nov. 2019 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rennet. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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