Wednesday, 11 March 2015
What to do with yoghurt whey
A brand new batch of yoghurt was made, i.e., using freshly bought in starter as the previous few batches were way too softly set and needed straining a little before use. Although I have an electric yoghurt maker which can do it all in one go, we generally find we get a better set yoghurt (using semi-skimmed milk) if we heat the milk first. It goes in the microwave for 8 minutes on full. Once finished, it then sits in a bowl of cold water for around 13 minutes to bring it down to 40C when we add the starter:
As you start to use it, you will notice whey forming in little puddles:
Now why am I suggesting doing this? Well, it is due to a programme I watched last night. It was discussing the environmental damage done to local wildlife, rivers, streams, fauna and flora with the dumping of millions of tons of acidic whey from making Greek yoghurt.
Most sensible countries have now banned this practice but it got me thinking about those of us at home who may be doing a similar thing without realising the danger.
Yes, it is only a little bit we might be throwing away but collectively, as a nation, I bet it adds up to a huge amount and I for one, do not want to be responsible for damaging the environment, even a tiny bit, if I can help it!
If you search on the internet there are loads of ideas on what to do with yoghurt and cheese whey, varying due to their different natures. For example, yoghurt way can be used in baking, replacing all or some of the liquid you would normally use (this is what I do). It can be used as a fungicide, face and body treatment, given to acidic loving plants (might try this on my blueberries in small amounts).
Whey is full of useful things like Vitamin B12, B5, B1, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium,Selenium and Zinc amongst other good and beneficial things.
Here are some links to just a few ideas, but be careful, some talk about whey and don't say what type!
first web address
second web address
third web address which includes some personal and garden uses
Hope you find this useful!