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A Cheese Guide for those who are Lactose Intolerant

Written by Cjantra on September 30th, 2016.      2 comments

The extent in which someone is lactose intolerant varies from person to person, but being sensitive to cheese doesn't mean you should avoid cheese completely.

Lactose is a sugar found in milk. This sugar is consumed by certain lactic acid bacteria cultures causing milk pH to decrease due to production of lactic acid. Majority of lactose is found in the whey, and low levels can remain after manufacture.

Soft cheeses contain more lactose as the majority of the whey is kept. Look out for cheese with fewer grams of sugar. 

If you wish to explore your lactose intolerance I would suggest starting with aged and hard cheeses. Aged and hard cheese can be digested by most people with lactose intolerance. In production of hard cheeses, much of the whey is released thereby giving the cheese far less lactose compared to a fresh cheese. In addition, during cheese ripening, remaining lactose gets metabolised to lactate which then gets utilised by other microorganisms making way to a series of other chemical reactions in the cheese.

Lactose
All the above cheeses can be made at home by using our Mad Millie Cheese Kits, click here.  

Using Lactose Free Milk with our Kits
Based on our trials, lactose free milk worked well with feta, cream cheese, ricotta, camembert, blue cheese, hard cheeses, but not so good with halloumi and mozzarella. Halloumi turned out to be floury in texture and had a grainy appearance, while mozzarella was granular and dense and it didn’t stretch as well as expected. 
 

2 Comments

ron says ...
can i make fetta with the italian beginners pack.
.is there a recipe
i recieved this pack as a gift. and bought goats milk then found that there is no recipe
Madmillie says ...
Hi Ron,

For feta you need culture, our Italian cheese kit does not come with culture. See here: http://www.madmillie.com/shop/Cheese+Making/Cheese+Making+Kits.html
 
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