• Don’t Throw away the Whey | 3 Great Uses for leftover whey

    by  • September 20, 2011 • Using Whey from Greek Yogurt • 33 Comments

    When you make greek yogurt you end up with delicious yogurt and whey. What do you do with the whey? What ways can you use your whey?

    Lots of things. Whey is super good for you, so you don’t want to just be throwing it away. It’s full of protein (ehem whey protein powder). Whey also contains Potassium, B12, Thiamin, Selenium, and other important vitamins. If you’re lactose intolerant, whey is not for you because it contains quite a bit of lactose. Also, whey is low fat, so you can use it as a low fat replacement for milk. Here are just a few Whey recipe ideas.

    Baking with whey:

    Whey can replace buttermilk, milk, or water to make  pancakes, waffles, scones, cake, cookies, biscuits, the list goes on.

    Whey can be used in conjunction with other liquids to make awesome pizza dough, bread,

    Drinking whey:

    Wikipedia says you can drink whey just straight up, but it’s kind of like drinking pee colored horrible. If you’re not much of a baker, you can still enjoy the nutritional benefits of the whey you harvested when you made greek yogurt.

    Pour whey into smoothies. Freeze it in ice-trays and add the subsequent whey-cubes to smoothies. If you’re really adventurous you can try making old-fashioned whey beverages.

    Cooking with whey:

    Whey can replace dairy or water when cooking. Some delicious uses are: rice, macaroni and cheese, sauces, etc.

    If you’re already committed to making greek yogurt, then you will have plenty of whey to experiment with in your cooking.  Share your culinary discoveries with us in the comments below.


    33 Responses to Don’t Throw away the Whey | 3 Great Uses for leftover whey

    1. Nadeem
      May 20, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      Chill the whey liquid and then add a pinch of salt (or as much as your taste buds allow). Consume as a refreshing salty drink on a hot sweaty day or after a workout. Enjoy.

    2. Heather
      July 7, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      I use my whey in my home made baby formula!

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    7. Margie
      September 1, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      Homemade ketchup.
      Real homemade ketchup is a fermented product that used to be a standard in American kitchens, along with homemade pickles, sauerkraut’s, relishes and other healthy and natural fermented products. It’s easy to make and delicious. Saves money too. Uses whey. Here’s a recipe, and I’m sure there are many other variations available…..
      4 cups tomato paste (best if from your own garden, and a great way to use up all those tomatoes!)
      1/2 cup honey or real maple syrup
      2/3 cup whey
      5 tbs. vinegar (apple cider is best)
      2 teas each allspice, sea salt
      1 teas each: clove powder, cumin, pepper
      Blend well until totally smooth and fill sterilized mason jars.
      Pour some additional whey over the top of each jar to cover.
      Loosely cover with lids or cloth and let sit, room temperature and undisturbed, for four days.
      Mix thoroughly before placing in fridge and will keep for several months.
      I use this as a base in my homemade BBQ sauce.
      There are never leftovers.
      Happy and healthy cookin’ y’all.

    8. Lupesobel
      September 18, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      I used whey in everything I just made the best tasting chicken soup. My kids asked for a second helping. I also use it in making homemade tortillas & my coffe with Splenda yummmm!(:

      • Liberty@His-Heart.net
        May 21, 2015 at 7:38 am

        Now you’re talking, I love splenda in my coffee, can’t wait to try the whey!

    9. Sarah F
      September 23, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      I make a gallon of yogurt at a time which then makes 1/2 gallon of greek yogurt and 1/2 gallon of whey. Whey is really great to marinate meat to tenderize it. I feed it to my cat. We add it to frozen juice concentrate, fruit smoothies, and make whey lemonade. Ricotta is good to keep frozen in the freezer.

    10. Mrs Vicky
      November 23, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Indian Street Beverage

      3 cups cold yogurt whey
      the juice of 1 lemon (or lime)
      1 tablespoon maple syrup
      1/4 teaspoon cardamom (or more or less, to taste)

      Combine all of the ingredients in a jar and shake well.

      Found this on the Internet and it sounds delicious, though there is nothing “Indian” about maple syrup… 😉

      • bhoomika
        March 3, 2014 at 11:30 am

        Agreed.. nothing Indian about Maple Syrup. So how about you replace that with Honey? 🙂

        • Jeeja
          April 16, 2014 at 1:52 am

          yey!…i use honey …it tastes good…best in hot summers….refreshing drink..u can try mint or basil leaves in it!

      • Helen
        July 29, 2014 at 7:15 pm

        This is actually really delicious and refreshing!

        I think the objection to drinking whey must be psychological, because it basically tastes like yogurt (which we all presumably like).

      • bhavya
        September 10, 2016 at 4:24 pm

        i think its kinda of replacement to sweetners & extra sugars this is commonly known as nimbu pani or lemonade

    11. Carol
      December 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      Whey works like buttermilk in pancakes/waffles – make VERY fluffy pancakes!

    12. Joanna H
      February 12, 2014 at 10:52 am

      I’ve been making my own yogurt for years and have always thrown the whey down the plughole! Never again… ever. I’ve just made my first batch of Greek yogurt and the taste and texture is sublime. The whey is going in my post-workout protein smoothie from now on. Thank you 🙂

    13. ash
      March 12, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Does whey go bad? Can it be frozen and used later?

      • admin
        April 14, 2014 at 8:29 pm

        Hi Ash,

        Thanks for reading and your question on Whey. Yes, whey will eventually go bad so freezing is a great option. We have a lot of people who freeze them and use them in smoothies as well as some traditional Indian recipes. Thanks for reading about making greek yogurt.

        • Lucille
          August 30, 2014 at 4:50 pm

          I freeze whey in pint freezer ziplock bags. Fill with cup, 2 TBLS whey, because this is the amount I use in my bread making machine… Lay them flat in the freezer. Stacked this way, they take up little room and right amount ready when I need it! (I also freeze other liquids, sauces, peaches, hot sauce, etc), plastic bags for the convenience and space saving angle.

          • Danielle
            April 15, 2015 at 2:48 pm

            I have been storing my Hamburg like this for YEARS. I smash a little over a pound in zip lock freezer bags and stack away! I do this with soups, chowder and stocks!!

    14. priya
      April 16, 2014 at 10:09 am

      whey can be used to make roti (indian breads). very yum and healthy can be eaten with any curry.

    15. RT
      July 29, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      I use whey in making sauces and soups when I don’t have vegetable stock.

    16. Linda
      August 28, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      You can use the whey to make sauerkraut and other ferments.

    17. Marvin Hoffman
      October 6, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      Whey can be used in making newspaper bokashi. See https://newspaperbokashi.wordpress.com/category/newspaper-bokashi/

      If you make compost and do organic farming (gardening) learn about bokashi composting. It is a great money spinner for many on the web selling bran for bokashi but if you research newspaper bokashi you can make this wonderful stuff for minimal cost.

    18. kb
      October 10, 2014 at 7:32 am

      Is this whey rich in protiens? Can it be used as a replacement for whey protien supplements which are taken after workouts?

    19. Rupert
      October 15, 2014 at 8:18 am

      If both Greek yogurt and whey are good then why separate them in the first place itself.

      We can consume together as simple plain yogurt. Why all this then?

      • Eileen
        January 5, 2015 at 12:09 am

        Rupert…for the same reason that we make butter, cheese, ice cream, half and half etc…because we like to eat milk in that changed form…

      • Dave
        January 10, 2015 at 12:43 am

        Simple, taste. If you want normal yogurt then don’t seperate, if you want a slightly sour yogurt, then make Greek. It’s all about making what you like, and then utilising an otherwise waste product.

    20. Maggie Tan
      January 13, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      I make brunost from the whey. Taste very refreshing as bread topping with strawberries or as addition to my usual muesli. Yummm!!!

    21. Sleyvin
      January 30, 2015 at 12:01 am

      M from Fiji and m indian.. n well you know indians dont want waste anything… what we do is add onion cut into small cubes and salt and fresh chillies chopped.. it is then chilled and served… itz 1 of our favourite beverage s especially on a hot day… some even add a bit of minced garlic to add that extra flavor.. we call it Mhata n it sure is an awesome drink..

    22. jitender kaur
      April 18, 2015 at 3:22 am

      I use this whey for making indian cheese. It makes the cheese very soft. I also use it to make smoothie thin

    23. Mercyasher
      June 10, 2015 at 6:14 am

      Can you use “goat milk” to make yogurt

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