No Lactose, No problem!

Lactose intolerant dairy lovers, rejoice! Cabot cheddar is naturally lactose free. Yes, it’s true – when making cheddar, the milk is separated into curds and whey, and the whey (where most of the lactose is) is drained from the curds, which are then pressed into blocks of cheese. Any residual lactose remaining in the cheese is broken down in the natural aging process. So aged cheeses, like Cabot cheddars, Colby, Jack, Swiss, and Parmesan contain zero grams of lactose. Go ahead and get your cheese on with 6 wonderfully lactose-free recipes:

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First up, our Summer Veggie Home Fries. This hearty breakfast side dish boasts 8 servings of mixed summer vegetables such as mushrooms, zucchini, green beans and peppers. The ooey-gooey (lactose-free) cheddar cheese and crispy potatoes take it over the top!

Summer Veggie Home Fries

Next, try these Cheddar Potato Cakes. These cakes are a versatile side dish and are easy to mix up by trying one of our flavored cheddars such as Tomato Basil. Delicious served for breakfast with sausage and eggs.

Cheddar Potato Cakes

Here’s another yummy lactose-free breakfast dish. Shakshooka is a dish believed to have a Tunisian origin. Full of flavor from spices such as turmeric and cumin, top this dish off with some shredded cheddar and you’ll find yourself wanting to enjoy it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


This next dish whips up in minutes – perfect for a quick breakfast, after-school snack for the kids, or even an after-dinner treat. Our Apple Cranberry Cheddar Waffles start with frozen waffles topped with a warm combination of apples, cranberries, cheddar and cinnamon – yum!

Apple Cranberry Cheddar Waffles

Think making bread at home is too complicated? This wonderful Sweet Cheese-Filled Bread recipe makes it easy to do at home by starting with frozen bread dough. Go ahead an impress your guests with this beautiful and delicious sweet bread at your next gathering.

Sweet Cheese-Filled Bread

And finally, our Spiced Carrot and Cheddar Dip. Many dips start with a base of sour cream or yogurt – not ideal for those who are lactose intolerant. This dip uses pureed roasted carrots as a base for a warm, creamy, satisfying dip full of flavor and spices. Enjoy served with fresh veggies, crackers, or lightly toasted pita triangles.

Spiced Carrot and Cheddar Dip

So go on and shout it from the rooftops to all who experience lactose sensitivity or intolerance – you can have your cheddar and eat it too! For even more lactose-free recipe ideas, check out our 5-day menu planner put together by Cabot’s team of Registered Dietitians.

Lactose-Free? No Problem!

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Comments (17)

Debi | November 15, 2016 | 5:19pm

Do you have a yogurt that is lactose free as well?

    Rachael | November 16, 2016 | 1:55pm

    We do not! Our cheese is naturally lactose free because of the aging process, and it’s a completely different process for yogurt, and the lactose is still present. Thanks for asking! ~Rachael

Tom | December 23, 2016 | 3:22pm

Do you sell lactose free mozzarella in a block?

    Rachael | January 04, 2017 | 12:50pm

    We do not! We only sell our shredded mozzarellas, all which are not lactose free (because it’s not aged, and our cheddars are all naturally lactose free because of our aging process!) Hope that helps! ~Rachael

Donna Ites | July 11, 2017 | 3:28pm

is this available in stores

Donna Ites | July 11, 2017 | 3:29pm

are your products available in stores if what ones

    Rachael | July 12, 2017 | 7:59am

    Hi Donna, all of our cheddars are naturally lactose free – so it’s several varieties! Email me and I can help you find a store near you that carries our products: ~Rachael

Jamie | August 27, 2018 | 8:05pm

Is your sour cream and cream cheese lactose free.

    Rachael | August 28, 2018 | 11:08am

    No, it contains lactose. Our aged cheddars are naturally lactose free because the aging process breaks down the lactose. There is no aging process for the fresh dairy items like the sour cream and cream cheese, therefore they still contain lactose. Hope that helps! ~Rachael

Katherine Beller | September 03, 2019 | 8:19am

Is your butter low in lactose?

    Rose Gomez | September 05, 2019 | 10:47am

    Hi Katherine,
    Cabot Sour cream, cream cheese and butters have relatively low lactose, our yogurts are in the middle, and our cottage cheese has the most, and we cannot make any assurances that those with sensitivity can tolerate our cultured products. Our cheddar cheese is the only product we can guarantee has no lactose as lactose breaks down naturally during the aging process for the cheese.

Natasha | January 10, 2021 | 8:36am

Does the Mexican shredded cheese have lactose? I didn’t see anything about it on the package, it contains a variety of cheeses.

Shane | August 24, 2021 | 8:40am

Is your 3 year aged cheddar lactose free? It doesn’t state lactose free on the label like the other cheeses do.

    Rachael | August 25, 2021 | 10:22am

    Hi Shane, it is lactose-free! If this icon isn’t there, you can always look at the nutrition facts for 0grams of lactose! ~Rachael

Amanda Stringer | May 24, 2022 | 9:56pm

Hi, are your cheeses and butters cross contaminated with tree nuts or pork products?
Thank you for your time.

    Rachael | June 01, 2022 | 10:38am

    Thank you for asking. Cabot’s cheeses packaged in bars, bricks, and slices are free of tree nuts and are pork free. Cabot sour cream, whey, cottage cheese, butter, and yogurts are also free of tree nuts and are pork free. All production and packaging areas for these items are free of tree nuts and pork products.

    Cabot Cream Cheese, Whipped Cream, Spreadable Cheddar cheeses, Clothbound Cheddar cheese, boxed Macaroni & Cheese, and Popcorn are produced/packaged in facilities that are not ours and we can’t provide assurance that these Cabot items are tree nut free, and/or free of pork products.

    If you have other questions, please let us know. We are always happy to help, and your support means the world to our farmer-owners! ~Rachael

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