Did you all try the fresh mozzarella yet? So easy and so delicious, right? But, now you have that 1/2 gallon of whey left over that I told you not to throw out…
As promised here are my favorite ways to use it up!
Freeze it! Simple! Pour it into ice cube trays or even muffin tins and freeze it for future use. Once it is solid I pop the cubes out and put them into a ziplock bag and make a quick note of how many ounces or tablespoons each cube is. Then when I am making soups or stews I pop a couple cubes in for that extra protein.
Soups, stews and broths! I add a little whey to almost every soup, stew or broth I make. It does not change the flavor at all, I promise!
Ricotta! You made mozzarella, now try Ricotta!
Smoothies! Add those cubes that are in your freezer to your smoothies.
Feed it to your pets! My dogs, cat and chickens LOVE whey!
Feed it to your plants! Both garden and indoor plants love diluted whey too. Add a cup or so to a gallon of water, but do not add it directly to your plants without diluting it first or it will burn them up. No good.
Lacto-ferment veggies! I used to add whey to start my ferments, but these days I use the wild fermentation method. Here is good information about lacto-fermenting if you would like to give it a try! The Kitchen Rag – What in the World is Lacto-Fermentation?
Soak it up! Use it to soak grains and beans. I just add a few glugs or frozen cubes to my soak water. Nourishing Traditions recommends soaking grains and beans in water and an acidic medium for better digestion. Here is your acidic medium!
Cook oats in it! Again, I use just a few glugs or frozen cubes in our morning oats.
Bake with it! You can replace water, milk or other liquids with whey when baking!
Compost it! If you really just cannot use it all up you can pour it onto your compost pile.
Of course there are many, many more ways to use whey. Pinterest is a good place to check for ideas! If you have a clever way to use whey please leave a comment!