For those of you who are interested in or already making homemade yogurt, you might be wondering what to do with all the whey you get from making Greek Yogurt or Cream Cheese. Well, the answer is: A LOT!
Whey is (according to Wikipedia): Whey or Milk Serum is the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained. It is a by-product of the manufacture of cheese or casein and has several commercial uses. Sweet whey is manufactured during the making of rennet types of hard cheese like cheddar or Swiss cheese. Acid whey (also known as "sour whey") is obtained during the making of acid types of cheese such as cottage cheese.
It's basically a pure protein liquid. Think of those powdered Whey supplements. It also has lots of Calcium in it. Here are a few ways to use and benefit from this by-product of making your own yogurt! And since it can keep for months in the fridge and even longer in the freezer, using it up should be easy.
1) Use it in place of water or milk (even buttermilk) when baking. My Honey Wheat Bread is "whey" better with whey. Get it?! I use it in pancakes, biscuits, waffles...pretty much any baked good that calls for milk or water.
2) Add to milkshakes or smoothies for extra nutrition and to help you stay fuller, longer!
3) Use whey to cook things like rice, pasta, even quinoa (this is handy when you have lots of whey in the fridge).
4) Substitute for chicken broth in soaps and stews.
5) Use it as a marinade for chicken, fish, beef, or pork.
6) Make Ricotta cheese with it! (Tutorial coming soon).
6) Dilute it and feed your garden with it. Tomatoes are particularly fond of this stuff, the calcium makes HUGE tomatoes!
7) Use it as a hair conditioner. After shampooing, pour some over your hair and massage it in. Let sit for 10 minutes and rinse. (I do this and my hair always feels AMAZING and styles so easily!) It also helps hair grow and makes it stronger.
8) For extra hair conditioning for your hair, apply whey to your towel-dried hair and comb through. Let hair dry naturally. Then rinse and style as normal.
8) Dilute it in a spray bottle with water and use as hair gel or hair spray.
9) Pour a cup or two in your bath water to ease many skin irritations like Eczema and dry skin. It also helps maintain a balanced pH level to keep yeast infections at bay!
10) Drink it straight for healthy hair and nails.
11) Apply whey directly to your face with a cotton ball, it will clean, moisturize, and tone in one step! It's even been shown that whey fades age spots, firms up the skin, and clears up acne!
12) Dampen a cotton ball with cold whey and place over closed eyes to help those puffy eyes!
13) Studies have shown that whey has stimulated insulin-release in Type 2 Diabetics and lowering blood sugar levels!
14) Yogurt whey contains calcium, the mineral linked to bone health. It's
also It also a good source of potassium and vitamin B-2. Whey also
contains several amino acids and other compounds identified with
boosting immunity, including casein and immunoglobulins. Whey appears to
increase the level of glutathione, or GSH, found in body tissues. GSH
protects your body from a host of environmental threats, from UV rays to
pollution. Low levels can expose you to threats of Parkinson's and
Alzheimer's diseases, along with cataracts and heart disease. As people
age, their GSH levels decrease. Smoking, stress and the occurrence of
diseases such as cancer can also lower your GSH levels. Adding yogurt
whey and other whey proteins to your diet may help to raise your GSH