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What to do with the liquid strained off yogurt?

Last night I made my own yogurt which, by the way, is way easier than I ever had thought. The mere mention of a yogurt making machine made me believe that the process was out of my reach without such equipment. Was I wrong. My Indian friend is vegetarian and yogurt serves as one of his main protein sources. I felt ridiculous for buying so much low-fat/low-quality/high-priced yogurt from the store once he explained to me that making yogurt is basically 4 steps.

1) Heat milk to just under the boil and then let it cool to just over body temperature.
2) Stir in a tablespoon or so of already made yogurt.
3) Let sit for hours (I did 6) in an oven with only the light on for warmth.
4) Chill.

I like my yogurt a little thicker (ala Greek or labneh) so I strained the yogurt in a colander lined with paper towels. What I was left with was slightly-thicker than sour cream yogurt that is sooo delicious. And yellowish-greenish liquid. Lots of it. What is this? Whey? My friend says he doesn't throw it away because there is protein in there. I forgot to ask him how he used it.

Anybody know what to do with this stuff besides put it down the drain?

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  1. it's whey. drink it, add it to a smoothie, use it instead of water in your favorite bread recipe, use it on your breakfast cereal...but don't dump it, you'll be pouring a lot of nutrients down the drain!

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      are you sure it's whey. i was watching cheese being made and when the curds were separated the whey looked like faint milk instead of the faint green, protein exudate that flowed off my delicious yogurt?

        1. re: sasserwazr

          double positive. And ditto adding it to smoothies.

      1. If you make bread, use it as part of the liquid. Also good as part of the liquid in pancakes, waffles and other baked goods. If you don't want to consume it give it to your cat or dog or water your plants with it.

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        1. re: morwen

          I have yogurt for breakfast every morning, and when I strain off that bit of whey from the top of the container, my pup sits and waits patiently for his "yogurt juice."

          1. re: Krislady

            Our cat loves it too. Only thing she loves more is the yogurt.

        2. I suppose you could also add it to smoothies, but if you're not sure what to do in the meantime, freeze it.

          1. I use it as part or all of the liquid when I make oatmeal or any other hot cereal.

              1. re: sasserwazr

                you sure can. Google "making ricotta from whey" and you'll find numerous instructional links.