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Friday, January 23, 2009

Lactofree Lactose-Free Cheese

Cheese. (Shut that bloody bouzouki up!) Everybody loves it and the vegetarian and vegan replacements are generally considered to be poor substitutes.

A few companies have long provided lactose-free true cow's milk cheese in the U.S., including Finlandia, Sorrento, and Lifetime, and Canada has Biobio. The UK, as is its wont, has lagged beyond in catering to those of us who are lactose intolerant.

That's about to change according to this email I got directly from Lactofree about their latest announcement.

For the 15% of the population who are thought to be lactose intolerant in the UK it will have been years since they last tasted real dairy cheese, which means its been years since they ate their last tasty pizza, delicious lasagne or real cheese and tomato sandwich! But now Lactofree has put the real thing back on the menu, with its newly launched hard dairy lactose free cheese, available at your local Asda or Morrisons.

Lactofree cheese is made from natural cows' milk and therefore retains that same unmistakable dairy taste. As part of cheesemaking, bacterial cultures are added to the milk to create acidity, aroma and flavour. These cultures need a source of food and this food is lactose. The bacteria uses up the lactose naturally found in the milk to give Lactofree cheese its distinct flavour. The bacteria will stop working only once all the lactose has been used up, leaving cheese that is naturally lactose free.

Lactofree cheese tastes and behaves just like normal cheese. It's versatile for cooking and perfect for all those things you've missed – pizzas, sandwiches, toasties, lasagne, jacket potatoes…

On the website you can find all the information about the cheese, and also a couple of nice recipes by celebrity chef Lesley Waters.

The cheese apparently comes in a single flavor for now. You'll just have to wait a few more years to get your hands on Venezuelan beaver cheese.

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