Uses for Whey

Waste Whey- No Way!
By Elena and Lakshmi

Did you know that whey, the liquid left behind when separating curds from fermenting milk, yogurt, kefir or other cultured dairy products, is a nourishing food in its own right? 

Whey, called "healing water" by the ancient Greeks, is filled with nourishing probiotic (pro-life) activity, protein, healing fats, vitamins, and minerals (particularly potassium) and is an excellent digestive aid, yet lacks lactose.  It was frequently recommended by two founding fathers of medicine, Hippocrates and Galen, to their patients.  In reference to its living friendly bacteria, Sally Fallon, author of Nourishing Traditions, explains:  “These friendly creatures and their by-products keep pathogens at bay, guard against infectious illness, and aid in the fullest possible digestion of all food we consume.”  Yoga  teaches that proper digestion is the key to health.  Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, author of  The Gut and Psychology Syndrome puts it very simply “All disease begins in the gut.” 

This healing water will help maintain a synergistic balance of the inner ecosystem and encourage repair of gut dysbiosis – a condition that is more and more common in today’s world and is an underlying cause of numerous, now common “diseases” from allergies to candidiasis to autism.

Here are some ways to incorporate whey into your diet.
1. Drink it- straight, mixed with tea, a smoothie or fermented beverage
2. Freeze it into cubes and add to smoothies
3. Replace a portion of the water used to cook grains- a great way to infuse more minerals into the dish
4. Soak your legumes in it to improve digestibility (1 tablespoon for every 1-cup of water as recommended by “Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon”)
5. Lacto ferment fruits and vegetables - see Sally Fallon's "Nourishing Traditions" or "Wild Fermentation" by Sandor Ellix Katz for instructions

6.  Make it into cheese!  Two options we've found so far- Norwegian "Gjetost" and Ricotta

7. Feed to your pets

8.  Use whey to pickle

9.  Substitute for raw vinegar in sauces.

10.  Mix whey with 5 parts water and feed your plants - indoor or outdoor.
Do you have other ways to utilize whey?  Let us know!

Adapted from "Growing Wise Kids- Enjoying Little Miss Muffet's Curds and Whey" by Jen Allbritton, CN in the Spring 2009 Edition of Wise Traditions.  This article also includes instructions for making whey at home and inspiring ideas for using curd cheese.

Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon with Mary G Enig, PhD; New Trends Publishing.

Gut and Psychology Syndrome - Natural Treatment For: Autism, ADD, ADHD
Depression, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Schizophrenia by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. Publisher  An internet search brings hoards of information on this topic.