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!
- 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…
- As a refreshing beverage: Whey-mon-ade, anyone?
- 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.
- Ricotta cheese: Whey is the basis of ricotta! Here are some great links on how to make your own here and here.
- 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?)
- Dogs: Our dogs quite enjoy the whey poured over their food. Makes them feel spoiled. And who doesn’t like to feel spoiled?!
- In cooking/baking: Use it in place of buttermilk in recipes such as pancakes, waffles, etc.
- 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!
This post can also be seen at the Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways blog hop!