What Whey Is Good For

What can you do with whey? The liquid you get when you make cheese, that is, not the powdered whey protein you get in vitamin stores. babette feasts suggests making ricotta. "Ricotta literally means re-cooked, and is made from the whey," she says. "I've seen it made from whole milk by heating and adding a combo of lemon juice and buttermilk, then skimming off the curds; I imagine that would apply to whey as well."

Many hounds like to substitute whey for the water in bread recipes. "I don't bake, but there is a small funky food/barbecue spot near me that serves their sandwiches on whey bread that is delicious," says wellfedred. As for more exotic uses, you can "add a bit of sugar and sloooowly cook it down into a delicious caramel-like sweet syrup that's great in coffee or on ice cream," says fromagina. "Seasoned whey makes a wonderful marinade," she adds. "The enzymes in the whey bring the flavors deeply into the meat. This is especially good for meats that have been frozen."

And you can even drink it. "I mixed equal parts of whey, sparkling water (from the SodaStream), and red currant juice I put up earlier this year," says IthacaNancy. "It made a nice drink, tasting slightly fermented, bubbly, and not too sweet or sour. Not funky at all." cijeho took an easier route: "I just tried it on someone's advice with some Crystal Light powder. DY-NO-MITE!!!"

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