How to Make Whey from Milk


Whey is a watery by-product made from raw milk, and people use it as a starter culture for lacto-fermented fruits and vegetables. Whey is also used in bread recipes or you can pour it in a glass for a refreshing drink. When the raw milk separates, you are left with curds and whey. This watery substance is full of protein, vitamins and minerals. Almost everyone has heard about Little Miss Muffet eating curds and whey. Whey is simple to make and you can use any kind of raw milk.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 quart measure
  • Canning jar with a lid
  • Strainer
  • Tea towel
  • Bowl
  • Pour 2 quarts of raw milk into a clean jar. A canning jar works well for this. Allow for an inch of head room.

  • Cover the opening with a lid to keep the bugs from going inside.

  • Leave the jar on your kitchen counter until the milk separates into solid and liquid components. This can take anywhere from one to five days.

  • Line a strainer with a clean tea towel. Place the strainer into a bowl and then pour the contents of the jar into the strainer. Cover the strainer with a plate.

  • Leave the mixture on the kitchen counter overnight, allowing the whey to drip into the bowl below.

  • Pour the whey into a clean glass jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use only raw milk and not processed. Processed milk will become putrid.

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