Friday, December 6, 2013

No Way! Whey.

Ever wonder what that watery stuff is that forms on top of yogurt? For years every time I opened a container and saw it, I poured it into the sink, scooped out my yogurt, only to have it form again. That stuff is called whey and NO WAY I have been missing out.

The whey that drains from yogurt is full of vitamins and minerals and can be a very nourishing beverage and a great source of probiotic bacteria- you know those good little critters that keep the bad bacteria in our system in check. You can add it to fresh juices, soups, and stews. You can even drink it straight up, I suppose, but some salt and spices compliment it nicely or just mix it back into your yogurt. 

This watery substance forms on the top of yogurt, sour cream, and cottage cheese alike because they are all made from milk proteins. These milk proteins form a gel with water. A milk protein like casein sticks really well to the water while whey, not so much. Over time whey leaches out and collects on the surface as the gel settles down to the bottom of the container. Well now you know so don't pour off and waste that wonderful probiotic-rich goodness. Just make sure there is no double-dipping of that spoon!!

** It is super easy to make Homemade Yogurt by the way! I recently learned and can't get enough. I just had a breakfast burrito and used plain yogurt sprinkled with hot sauce- I enjoyed it as much as sour cream. :)

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