The mozzarella thread below reminded me I've run out of these supplies. I know lots of places to get them online, but I'm really looking for where I can get these kinds of things in normal stores. What kind of store would carry rennet or citric acid?
Citric acid, I assume, is less of a problem, since I could find it at a health food store, maybe? (someone once told me that citric acid and vitamin c were the same... but that isn't true, is it? I thought Vitamin c was ascorbic acid. Regardless, could I use them interchangeably in a recipe... its used in the recipe to help curdle the milk and for textural reasons). Plus, a tablet of vitamin c, I'm assuming, would have other kind of binders and stuff, no?
Anyhow, the harder part of this is finding rennet. I don't really care if it is vegetable or animal. Does rennet have any other use except in dairy products? Is there a kind of store that would typically carry this?
I remember a while ago someone mentioning that an Indian store nearby sold vegetable rennet. Not sure why... maybe for some yogurt making? I'll have to check it out.
Thoughts? Ideas? Help?