A simple answer to the question — it’s not, fresh mozzarella is never dairy-free. In fact, mozzarella is a dairy product first made of buffalo’s milk in Italy, which later on people from different places started to use substitutions, such as cow’s milk, goat’s milk, and sheep’s milk in making the cheese. And thus the taste’s differences.
For those of you who are allergic to cow milk and dairy-related, many of these milk substitutions also contain casein and whey, so they may still trigger your allergy response.
See the dairy-free substitutes, for feta cheese.
Dairy-free vs Lactose-free
Lactose is a sugar present in the milk. Since lactose is part of the dairy, lactose-free means the removal of lactose by lactase, an enzyme, but the product itself is still dairy. So, if you’re allergic to dairy, eating a lactose-free mozzarella may not be a good option.
On the other hand, dairy-free means the removal of milk-related ingredients in prior, so there will be no lactose. In many cases, the substitutions themselves may still contain lactose.
Enough said, fortunate for now, you can have the option to enjoy mozzarella without worrying about those nasty stuff, see below.
Where to get dairy-free mozzarella?
The dairy-free mozzarella uses alternatives such as soy’s milk, seeds, nuts, algae, vegetables, and other plant-based ingredients to replace the cow milk. It’s not just for people with lactose intolerance or dairy allergy, these are usually also vegan and void of gluten.
One of the examples would be this one via Amazon. It uses ingredients such as tapioca and/or arrowroot flours, pea protein and canola/safflower oil. It’s vegan, but not lactose-free. This product received a mixed review as the company uses a new formula which isn’t in the liking for some.
Also, there are others like this one (on the left) which uses flours and red sea algae in it. It comes with an ingredient mix where you get to make your own mozzarella at home.
The product is vegan and doesn’t contain soy or gluten. Likewise, not lactose-free.