Ways to Use Whey
The recent Wise Traditions Journal was jam-packed with real foodie goodies. Recently I posted some yogurt cheese recipes to help you get more probiotics into your diet. (Or find probiotic supplements here.) Today I’ll share another excerpt from Jen Allbritton – some ways to use whey.
(First you may want to know how to make whey. As I explained in the yogurt cheese post, the picture above shows my attractive method of straining the whey from the yogurt.)
Whey is the tart, golden liquid known to the Greek doctors of antiquity as “healing water.” In fact, Hippocrates and Galen, two founding fathers of medicine, frequently recommended whey to their patients. Whey from fully fermented milk no longer contains lactose, and with its dose of probiotic organisms will help maintain a synergistic balance of the inner ecosystem and encourage repair of gut dysbiosis (abnormal gut flora…another way of saying ‘not enough healthy bugs in your gut’). Whey also contains a fair number of minerals, particularly potassium, and a notable amount of vitamins, especially B2. So what do you do with all your nourishing whey?
- Drink it straight or mix it in with a fermented beverage or hot tea.
- Freeze whey into ice cubes and blend them into smoothies for a more slushy texture or cool-down a beverage on a hot day.
- Replace a portion of the water used to cook grains.
- Include in soaking water in legumes and grains to improve digestibility (see Nourishing Traditions Cookbook for details.)
- Lacto-ferment almost anything – apples, zucchini, cabbage, cherry chutney, ginger carrots, mayo – see Nourishing Traditions Cookbook by Sally Fallon and Wild Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz.
- Feed to pets – chickens, dogs, cats, they all can benefit from this nourishing liquid.
What else do you do with your whey?
OH, I thought of one more thing I use it in: Real food protein shakes!
Here's how to use it to preserve homemade mayo!