Is mozzarella cheese dairy-free? If you are a “dairy-free people”, this is a big concern.
There are many substitutes for those who cannot eat dairy products and we’ll talk about some of them in this post.
We will also discuss what buffalo mozzarella is suitable for and whether it is safe to consume if you’re lactose intolerant.
Mozzarella, like many other cheeses, is a dairy product made naturally from animal milk. So, mozzarella is not dairy-free.
Still, there could be other 5 reasons for your milk allergy.
Can You Eat Mozzarella if You’re Lactose Intolerant?
Many people who are lactose intolerant can eat mozzarella cheese without any problems. This is because mozzarella contains very low levels of lactose, which is the sugar that many people have trouble digesting.
In fact, you would have to eat a lot of mozzarellas to experience any symptoms from the small amount of lactose that it contains.
Mozzarella cheese is safe for lactose intolerant people to eat, but be aware that the type of mozzarella you buy may not help reduce your symptoms. This is because many types of processed and packaged mozzarella also contain whey powder or casein – two other forms of dairy which are high in lactose.
What about Buffalo mozzarella?
Buffalo mozzarella is an Italian cheese that is made from the milk of water buffalo. It has a unique, thicker taste and it melts very well, so many people prefer to use it in their cooking instead of regular cow’s milk mozzarella.
Some dairy intolerant people find eating this type of mozzarella elevating the problems (1). In fact, buffalo mozzarella has 100% higher milk fat than cow’s milk and this means that there is less water in the final product – which also decreases its overall lactose content.
Perhaps not lactose? Check out my other article about gluten-free mozzarella.
The Dairy-free mozzarella cheese and substitutes
If you’re looking for a dairy-free mozzarella substitute, there are some great options available. Several brands of vegan versions taste very similar to mozzarella and can be used in all the same recipes. You can find them at most grocery stores.
You can also make your own vegan mozzarella at home by using soy milk, cashews, or almonds as the base.
If you are looking for a homemade mozzarella cheese recipe that is dairy-free, try this one:
1 cup almonds, soaked overnight
1 cup water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon agar powder
- Drain and rinse the almonds. Add them to a blender with the water and lemon juice. Blend on high for 2 minutes, or until smooth paste forms.
- Pour the almond mixture into a saucepan and add the salt and agar powder. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about 15 minutes or until thickened.
- Pour the mixture into a cheesecloth-lined container and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
- Remove the cheese from the cloth and enjoy!
This recipe will make about one cup of dairy-free mozzarella cheese.
If you’re not sure whether or not dairy-free cheese substitutes will work for you, it’s always best to speak with your doctor or nutritionist. They will be able to give you more specific advice about the foods that are best suited to your individual needs.