How to Make Whey and Five Ways to Use It!
Today, I’ll show you How to Make Whey and Five Ways to Use it. These simple instructions show you how to make “acidic” whey that is probiotic-rich and helps to maintain and improve your gut health.
Did you know that there are two types of whey: Sweet and Acidic? In this video, you’ll learn about their differences and which one you need to make fermented foods and drinks.
The Sweet Whey variety is a by-product of cheese making. It’s high in protein and is often dehydrated to make protein powders. The Acidic variety, on the other hand, is a liquid that makes up part of the consistency of fermented dairy, such as yogurt. When you strain yogurt or another fermented dairy, like kefir, you collect Acidic Whey, which is the by-product of making thick yogurts, such as Greek Yogurt.
Key Ingredient for Lacto-Fermentation
Lacto-fermentation recipes frequently call for Acidic Whey as an ingredient. So it’s important to know what it is and how to make it at home, since you will typically not see it sold in stores. Certainly, there are all sorts of whey protein powders sold at grocery stores, but these powders—the Sweet variety—are not what you want for fermentation purposes. You want the Acidic variety, so it’s best to know how to make it homemade.
Whey is Easy to Make
It’s easy to make the right type of whey that you’ll need for your fermentation recipes. As I mentioned earlier, you just need to extract liquid from plain yogurt or plain kefir. The liquid you obtain as you strain these fermented dairy products is Acidic Whey, and you can use it as a starter for fermentation. But that’s not all.
The Acidic variety has many uses that you’ll learn about in this video. You may be surprised at some of the unusual ways you can incorporate this nutritious probiotic-rich liquid into your diet!
Make Whey from Homemade Yogurt or Kefir
You can certainly make your whey from store-bought yogurt, but why not try making your own yogurt? I’ll show you how in my How to Make Homemade Yogurt – No Machine Required video, and you don’t need any special equipment. All you need is a bowl.
Or if you have some kefir grains and want to learn how to make kefir, follow along in my How to Make Milk Kefir – Discover the Champagne of Milk video to get started.
Either way, you’ll have homemade yogurt or kefir that you can use to make your homemade whey. When making your food homemade, you can ensure that only the ingredients you want are part of your recipe.
More Related Recipes
Once you have your homemade Acidic Whey, you’re all set to use it in your traditional foods kitchen. You can get started by trying your hand at ferments. In these videos, I share how to make homemade condiments that call for whey, including Homemade Ketchup and three types of Homemade Mustard.
Ready for more recipes? You can also use your probiotic-rich liquid to kickstart your fermented vegetables, including sauerkraut, pickles, carrots, and homemade fermented salsa!
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How to Make Whey
- Large measuring cup or bowl
- Mesh strainer or colander
- Flour sack towel, cheesecloth, or paper coffee filters
- 32 ounces Plain whole milk yogurt, unflavored Low-fat or fat-free yogurts can also be used.
- Pour yogurt into a lined mesh strainer or colander that is placed over a bowl or large measuring cup.
- Place yogurt in your refrigerator and allow it to drain for 24 hours.
- Reserve strained yogurt for other purposes. (*See the link in recipe notes.)
- The liquid that has drained into the bowl or measuring cup is whey. Decant it into a lidded jar and store it in the refrigerator. Your homemade whey will last for 6 months.
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