Remember the nursery rhyme "Little Miss Muffet" who sat on her tuffet, eating her curds and whey? I used to wonder what curds and whey were exactly... Now, as a grown person I know that whey is the liquid by-product of making cheese, (its also the liquid you see sitting in your container of yogurt) and making your own at home is simple!
What Are The Health Benefits Of Whey?
Whey is high in calcium and protein
Good source of potassium, B2, phosphorous, and magnesium
Contains several amino acids and immunoglobulins that help to boost immunity
Increases glutathione, a coenzyme found in the body that reduces oxidation of cells and helps protect the body from pollution, UV damage and other environmental threats
Encourages the assimilation of nutrients in the body
Helps regenerate intestinal flora for gut health
stimulates and detoxifies the liver and kidneys
Aids in keeping the body's cellular environment balanced
What Are Some Uses For Liquid Whey?
Can be used as a base for fermenting vegetables and making kefir
A substitute for milk or buttermilk when baking
Crucial ingredient in homemade baby formula (see my recipe here)
Can be added to smoothies for a protein boost
Can be added to dog or cat food for additional healthy benefits
Mix it with honey and use it as a nourishing hair or facial mask
What you will need:
Pour the yogurt into the nut milk bag or cheesecloth. If you are using a cheesecloth, pull up the edges and secure them together with a rubber band. Place the bag inside the strainer and set the strainer on top of the bowl. Let it sit overnight. The whey will drip out into the bowl. Once the bag has stopped dripping you're done! Simply store the liquid whey in a glass jar with a tight lid in the fridge for up to 6 months. BONUS - the cheese you now have left over in your bag is cream cheese! Store in a glass container or tupperware in the fridge and enjoy!