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How to Make Whey

How to Make Whey

If you’re interested in soaking or fermenting foods, whey is a helpful friend.  It aids the fermentation process and contains a host of beneficial minerals and bacteria.  Whey is hard to find it stores, but fortunately it’s easy to make at home…

How to Make Whey


  • 1 quart plain yogurt (I use whole milk, but any kind will do)


  • Cheesecloth
  • Large bowl
  • Sturdy rubber band


  • Line a large bowl with about 3 layers of cheesecloth.  Pour the yogurt into the center then gather the four edges together and secure with the rubber band so you have a bundle full of yogurt.
  • If you have knobs on your cabinets, suspend the yogurt by looping the rubber band over one of the knobs and placing a bowl below to catch the drips.  If not, you can alternately loop the rubber band around a cooking spoon and suspend it in a pitcher or tall jar by laying the spoon across the mouth of the jar.  Or you could put the bag in a colander and put the whole thing in a big bowl to catch the drips that way.
  • Let it sit until it stops dripping – at least a few hours.  The liquid that drips out is whey.  You’ll eventually get roughly 2 cups of whey and 1 cup of very thick yogurt that can be used like cream cheese.
  • Store both in the fridge.  The “cheese” will last for several weeks and the whey will last for about 6 months.

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