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What to do with leftover Whey?

I have made my very own mozzarella cheese! It is delicious, and tastes like, mozzarella cheese! But now I have 3 quarts of whey. I have a recipe for pizza dough using some of it. Any other ideas so I don't waste?

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  1. I want to know how you made mozzarella! Plus I want to know what to do with whey...

    1. Whey makes excellent biscuits. (I can post a recipe, if you like.)

      Also, it'll keep in the fridge for a few weeks, so no need to use it up all at once.

      p.s. second the motion for info on DIY mozzarella!

      1. Ricotta
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricotta
        I think there's a thread that discussed this on CH but I can't find it right now.

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        1. re: Leucadian

          I'm glad someone mentioned this - many people don't know what ricotta is. Ricotta = Re-cooked.

          1. re: Leucadian

            I second the motion. Maybe some people are unaware that ricotta is made from the whey derived from making other cheeses.

            1. re: Leucadian

              I realize this is an old thread, but since I found this and there are some more recent comments, I'll add my 2 cents. Ricotta is a great use for whey, but as I understand it, you need to do so within a short period of time or the enzymes needed for the process will die.

            2. Use it instead of water when making rice. Uses up a lot in no time.

              Also spice it up to make masala chaach or masala mattha (=chaach and mattha are some Indian terms for whey left over after churning butter). If you like tangy summer drinks you could add salt, grated ginger, chopped green chillies, chopped cilantro, toasted cumin powder. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

              1. Great ideas! And glad to know I don't need to use it immediately.

                I bought a small kit which includes the citric acid and rennet from here: http://www.cheesemaking.com/store/p/1...

                Came with a recipe book and well written instructions.

                1. I faced this very dilemma recently and decided to use it in au gratin potatoes instead of chicken stock. It turned out very well! I blogged about the experience here: http://monsterflower.blogspot.com/200...

                  I don't know if the whey made a difference in taste, but I'd assume it did.

                  1. I have been making a lot of cheese myself and I have a lot of whey left over. I first make ricotta, but some cheese leaves none behind. I feed some of the whey to our dog. It makes his coat shine wonderfully and he loves it. It is a great substitute in almost any recipe calling for milk. I find the breads rise higher and are lighter than using milk. I am still experimenting with ways to se it. but I loath throwing it away. I am even testing it in my garden yo see if that works. Don't know the results yet.
                    Happy cheese making

                    1. i 2nd above posts re: using the whey for rice and biscuits.
                      not sure if you have pets but i always pour a little whey onto the dogs' and cat's dry food. they love it and super healthy gor them.

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                      1. re: lucygoosey

                        I love the idea of using up my whey after cheese making. For biscuits, rice, summer time drinks even watering my herbs and blueberry bushes. I have heard it is good for pets. But this is my question? I breed Old English Mastiffs, in the past I have supplemented the puppies with goat milk diluted with water. I got to thinking how would warmed whey be for supplementing my little ones?

                         
                        1. re: C. Boatman

                          cute dogs! warmed whey, or cold whey, is great for dogs--as it's a great source of protein, However, you might want to stick to the whole milk for the pups--they would benefit from the fats.

                      2. i make yogurt regularly and have lot's of whey left over. i put it in the blender with ice, strawberries (or any fruit), and add a little agave. my son adds protien powder....we love it!

                        1. In the kit you bought there is a bread recipe using whey; I use it in any bread I make.

                          1. For those asking how, here is a great tutorial: http://www.instructables.com/id/Great... I will be doing this soon!

                            (And yes, I know this a very old thread. The Instructable is somewhat newer.)

                            1. Powdered whey costs a lot of money and a lot of people are drinking it now. Why not drink whey in its true liquid form. Think: drinking a glass of powdered instant milk vs. a glass of milk - there you go! I can't stand the powdered instant whey, but DH drinks a big glass of it everyday.

                              If you have a bread machine and are using your machine to make a simple bread, just substitute whey for water. If you don't care that much for bread, use your food processor and make some great breadcrumbs out of it, and freeze them for when you need them.

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                              1. re: Rella

                                or bread not made in a bread machine too.

                              2. Wash your face. Seriously. Keep it in the fridge and wash your face with it; the lactic acid is a wonderful cleanser and softener.