Rennet vs. Microbial Enzymes
Enzymes are needed in order to coagulate milk and separate it into solids (curds) and liquid (whey) which is an important step in the cheese making process. Wilton Cheese uses microbial enzymes instead of animal rennet.
The traditional European way of making cheese is to use the natual calf rennet that is extracted from the inner mucosa of the fourth stomach chamber of young calves to coagulate the milk. Most cheese made in Europe today still contains rennet.
There is a lot of controversy surrounding the use of rennet. Some say it is a very primitive way of making cheese, some will not eat cheese made with rennet because they are vegetarians, while others think using rennet is a good as it is an example of how
humans can use all parts of an animal.
The microbial enzyme used by Wilton Cheese is Chy-Max which is a 100% pure chymosin coagulant and is natures own enzyme for clotting milk. Chy-Max coagulants are very pure and standardized products that are identical in structure to that produced by the calf stomach and provides the same performance as pure calf rennet in terms of enzymatic activity. Because Wilton uses this product, our cheese is suitable for consumption by lacto-vegetarians.