Basic Whey

033Basic whey, found in fermented milk (yogurt), can be obtained by straining yogurt using a cheesecloth, stocking, or any other creative way you can think of. The yellowish liquid that is strained out is the whey, and can then be added to foods to promote a type of fermentation called lacto-fermentation. Lacto-fermentation helps to preserve food as well as boost it’s nutrition. You will see whey used in my future receipes, which include mayo, ketchup and probiotic lemonade.

The photo to the right is the method I use to make whey. I don’t know if this is imagecommon practice, but this is what works for me, and I end up with the same end result. Yes, it’s a stocking full of yogurt, hanging from a chopstick, hanging from the cupboard…and okay I’ll say it…it looks like a giant testicle, hanging from a chopstick, hanging from the cupboard. I’ve definitely had some odd looks from guests who happen to witness this.

I let the yogurt drip for about 24 hours. What you’re left with is the separation of curds and whey. Store the whey in an airtight jar in the fridge–it will last serval weeks in the fridge, and months in the freezer. The curds can be stirred back into your yogurt for a creamier yogurt, OR make this delish Herb and Garlic Yogurt Cheese.

Homemade yogurt works great for making whey.

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Basic Whey
Basic whey used in lacto-fermentation.
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  1. Put 2 cups of yogurt in a cheese cloth or stocking (my method) and hang it somewhere to drip into a glass.
  2. Let it drip for about 24 hours.
  3. You will be left with about 1 cup of whey. Transfer to a jar and store in the fridge until you're ready to use it.
Recipe Notes

Whey will last several weeks in the fridge and several months in the freezer.

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2 comments on “Basic Whey

    1. Hi Rosalyn,

      After the fermentation process, the lactose in the milk is “transformed” into lactic acid. You are able to consume fermented foods that use whey 🙂

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Basic Whey

Print Recipe
Basic Whey
Basic whey used in lacto-fermentation.
Servings
Ingredients
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Put 2 cups of yogurt in a cheese cloth or stocking (my method) and hang it somewhere to drip into a glass.
  2. Let it drip for about 24 hours.
  3. You will be left with about 1 cup of whey. Transfer to a jar and store in the fridge until you're ready to use it.
Recipe Notes

Whey will last several weeks in the fridge and several months in the freezer.

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PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. However, I only promote products that uphold to Modern Hippie Health and Wellness’s values.

2 comments on “Basic Whey

  1. My daughter-in-law is allergic to I think the protein contained in dairy products (I’m checking further), she gets 2-3 day long migraines from just the slightest amount of dairy. Do you have any information that may indicate that using your basic whey and other products that have been fermented may not affect her

    1. That’s definitely a good question. I know that many people who are sensitive to dairy are able to eat fermented dairy because the lactose is converted to lactase during the fermentation process. But because I don’t know exactly what your daughter in law is having a reaction too, I can’t say for certain that this would be safe for her to drink. If she is in fact interested in making her own fermented sodas, you can always go the “ginger bug” route. Recipe here: http://modernhippiehw.com/wp/2015/03/20/how-to-make-a-ginger-bug-for-homemade-fermented-soda/

      Thanks for you question, Anne 🙂

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