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How to Make Whey

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Whey is the liquid obtained from curdled milk in the manufacture of some dairy products, especially cheese. This substance has several properties and health benefits. For example, it can be used to stabilize blood pressure and blood sugar levels. It can also be consumed as a dietary supplement due to its high content of protein and vitamins.

5-Minute Crafts will teach you how to prepare it at home in a simple way, without using many utensils.

For 3.4 oz (100 ml) of whey, you’ll need:

  • 1 glass of room-temperature whole milk

  • ½ lemon

  • 3 empty containers

  • 1 fine mesh strainer

  • Gauze or coffee filter

  • 1 spoon

Step 1: Pour the milk and lemon juice into a container.

  • Once you’ve incorporated both ingredients, stir slowly until well-integrated.

Step 2: Let it rest for 20 minutes and stir the mixture again very slowly.

  • You’ll now notice that the milk has acquired a sour and lumpy consistency. If the mixture doesn’t seem to be thick enough, let it sit for a while longer or put the container in the fridge for 5 to 10 minutes until it finishes curdling.

Step 3: Strain the mixture using the strainer together with the gauze or the coffee filter.

  • Once the mixture has curdled enough, a yellow liquid will appear on the surface. This is the whey. Gradually strain it with the help of a clean spoon. The result will be a kind of yellowish and transparent liquid. Set aside the thick mixture in another container.

Step 4: Store the whey and thick mixture separately.

  • Store both preparations in clean containers and keep them in the fridge or in a cool place. They can last anywhere from 7 to 14 days. However, you shouldn’t consume them if you notice any color, smell, or texture difference from when you just prepared the mixture.

  • If you add some salt to the thick mixture or curd, you’ll get a very tasty kind of cheese.

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