“Wheys” We Use Up Extra WHEY

Ok, ok.  I apologize for the pun.  But be honest – Would you have been able to resist typing that?  I tried really hard not to…    🙂

If you make cheese or yogurt, you probably have an excess of whey, the beautiful yellow remaining liquid.  Whey is a by-product of cheese and yogurt making – the thin, yellow liquid that is drained off.  We use whey for an unbelievable amount of things – But some people may not know what do with it.

So… I thought I would share with you my favorite ways to use whey, along with some super-cool link-ups!

Round-Up time, folks!  Let’s get into it!

  1. In bread: I have a few bread recipes that I use on a regular basis.  One of those I have adapted from an original recipe by eat. teach. love.  Really is the best bread ever…
  2. As a refreshing beverage: Whey-mon-ade, anyone?
  3. To soak grains:  per Nourishing Traditions, grains should be soaked for better digestion using a medium such as whey.  You can read more about soaking grains here.
  4. Ricotta cheese:  Whey is the basis of ricotta!  Here are some great links on how to make your own here and here.
  5. To make lacto-fermented soda:  This is one of my daughter’s favorites (She like blueberry-pom soda!).  This is crazy-easy to do, and only requires whey, fruit juice, distilled water, salt, and lemon juice.  Tasty!  Just like with my kombucha, these are the bottles I prefer (pretty, huh?)
  6. Dogs:  Our dogs quite enjoy the whey poured over their food.  Makes them feel spoiled.  And who doesn’t like to feel spoiled?!
  7. In cooking/baking: Use it in place of buttermilk in recipes such as pancakes, waffles, etc.
  8. Farmies: our farmies LOVE whey!  Whether it is poured over their feed, or simply poured into a pie plate for them to lap up – It seems to be one of their favorite treats.

So, now you might be thinking, “Why use whey?  What’s so stinkin’ great about it, anyway?”  First things first, it’s a pure protein (Ever seen powdered whey protein?  Blech!) Not only does it have protein, but yogurt whey also has a substantial amount of calcium, potassium, and vitamin B-2 in it too.

Maybe the question now is “Why not use whey?”  If you are lucky enough to have it on hand, don’t let that precious liquid go to waste!

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This post can also be seen at the Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways blog hop!



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