Updated 4/14/2011 – We are adding new cheeses that are considered “vegetarian-suitable” cheeses. Cheeses traditionally use animal rennet in the cheesemaking process; but over time many cheesemakers have turned to alternative rennets; vegetable (including thistle), microbial and/or chymosin, a lab-produced clone of the animal rennet. The BelGioioso list has been updated to reflect their link in the comment area below. A special thanks to those who take the time to help us keep this list updated.

My thanks to Charles at Cypress Grove, John Fiscalini, Debbie Crave, Julie at Beecher’s, Lenny at Bellwether Farms for their assistance in making this list.

Special thanks to Gordon Edgar for assistance in correcting and/or clarifying some of the entries on this list. Gordon’s new book, Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge, has just been published – be sure and check it out.

Links will be added over the next few days as located.

To assist our Vegetarians Foodies, The Lady and I have put together this quick list of cheeses made using vegetable rennet. As we discover more, we will update the list.

If you have cheeses to add to the list, please make a comment below and we’ll add them.

Alta Dena Sharp Goat Cheddar


Azeitao DOP

Beecher’s Handmade Cheeses use Chymosin

Beecher’s Raw Flagship

Beehive Cheese Company uses a vegetable rennet in all their cheeses

BelGioioso Mascarpone

BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella

BelGioioso Parveggiano

BelGioioso Tiramisu Mascarpone

Bellwether Farms’ Carmody

All Bellwether Farms’ cheeses are made using a vegetable rennet

Black Mountain

Black River Gorgonzola

Blueberry Stilton

Boar’s Head Bleu

Boar’s Head Gouda

Boar’s Head Butter Kase

Boar’s Head Cheddar

Boar’s Head Colby Jack

Boar’s Head Colby

Boar’s Head Gruyere

Boar’s Head Havarti

Boar’s Head Monterey Jack

Boar’s Head Muenster

Boar’s Head Swiss

Cablanca Goat Gouda


Cahill’s Irish Porter Cheddar


CantaletDepending on the manufacturer, may use animal rennet


Cashel Irish Blue

Castelo Branco DOP

Celebrity International Goat Cheese




Consider Bardwell’s Pawlet

Consider Bardwell’s Rupert

Cooleeney Irish Brie

Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tam

Cranberry Stilton

Cranberry Wensleydale

Crave Brothers uses a Microbial Rennet

Cultured Way Yogurt Cheeses (Also Lactose Free)

Cypress Grove uses a vegetable rennet in all their cheeses


Ewephoria Premium Aged Sheep’s Gouda


Fiscalini Farmstead Cheeses use a vegetable rennet in all their cheeses

Fol Epi

Golden Glen Creamery uses a Vegetable Rennet

Gothberg Farms uses Chymosin Rennet in its Chevre and Feta

Greens of Glastonbury Farmstead Cheddar


Humboldt Fog


Ilchester Beer Cheese

Ilchester Applewood

Isle of Man Mature Cheddar

Laurel Chenel’s Chevre

Lemon Zest Stilton

Maytag Blue

McCadam Cheddar

McCadam Monterey Jack

McCadam Muenster

McCadam Pepper Jack

Mozzarella Fresca Mascarpone

Mozzarella Fresca Whole Milk Ricotta

Mozzarella Fresca Fresh Mozzarella (All)

Neal’s Yard Cheshire

Nisa DOP

Queso de la Serena DO

RacletteDepending on the manufacturer, may use animal rennet

Red Dragon

Red Leicester

Rogue Creamery Blue Crumbles

Rogue Creamery Crater Lake

Rogue Creamery Rogue River Blue

Rogue Creamery Oregon Blue

Rogue Creamery Oregonzola

Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue

Rozaire Brie de Nangis

Saint Albray

Saint Andre

Serra da Estrela DOP

Serpa DOP

Shropshire Blue

Soignon Chevrion Buche

Somerdale Caerphilly

Somerdale Double Gloucester

Somerdale Red Leicester

Stella Bleu

Stella Gorgonzola

Stella Mozzarella

Stella Parmesan

Stella Asiago

Stella Romano

Stella Ricotta

Stilton Blue

Tillamook Cheddar (all except Vintage White)

Tillamook Jack

Tillamook Pepper Jack

Tillamook Swiss

Tillamook Colby-Jack


Tomme de Savoie Depending on the manufacturer, may use animal rennet

Torta de Barros

Torta de Casar DO

Torta de Los Pedroches

Vella Dry Jack

Wensleydale with Cranberries

Willamette Valley Cheese Company Brindisi

18 Responses to “Vegetarian Suitable Cheeses – Quick Checklist”

  1. Great site…keep up the good work.

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  3. I am glad what you are performing here and turned it over to the cheese People at our local PCC consumer coop. However, THe question of Vegetable enzymes in cheeses constantly is a bother, both physcailly and for religious reasons. so please add the (TOTAL VEGETABLE ENZYMES listing to your cheese please, Verified. thanks mr b.

  4. Soor Kothari Says:

    Thank you sincerely for the useful information. Just as a friendly comment- you might want to add Cabot Cheeses. All Cabot cheeses are cultivated in Co-ops and are animal enzyme free, according to the website:


    Thanks again for the posting!


    • cheesemonger Says:

      we will add Cabot – thanks so much for the comment.

      • soor Kothari Says:

        btw- just called bel gioiso- their regular parmesan, asiago, and provolone are NOT vegetarian. However, their specially marked vegetarian parmesan, mozzarella, and mascarpone are vegetarian.

        Again, thanks for your assistance!

        • cheesemonger Says:

          Thank you. I will also confirm this information and assuming you are correct, will make the changes. Thanks for taking the time and visiting the blog. SG

  5. Althea Says:

    Here are a few others that I believe are also vegetarian: Cashel Irish Blue, Fromager D’Affinois, Shropshire & Sonoma Dry Jack. Great list though-Thanks!

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  8. Ishaq Pathan Says:

    Here is a list of the vegetarian Belgioioso cheeses http://www.belgioioso.com/OtherInfo.htm

  9. Joanne Says:

    Just bought boars head Monterey jack cheese sandwhich at a local deli and asked to look at the package. It listed enzymes not specific. How do I really know this is not animal enzymes??

  10. Vegetarian suitable cheeses quick checklist.. Huh, really? 🙂

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