If you're making kefir, and especially kefir cheese, you're going to wind up with a lot of whey. Whey has been called liquid gold, and it has been used throughout history to help with many diseases. In fact, Hippocrates and Galen, two founding fathers of medicine, frequently recommended whey to their patients to heal them.
Lactoferrin, a special protein in whey, acts as a powerful antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. It also contains vitamin B2, or riboflavin, which helps the body to convert carbohydrates into fuel. Bovine Serum Albumin, which is abundant in whey, is an amino acid that is an effective scavenger that removes toxic substances and supports white blood cells and helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Whey is rich in potassium and can help balance and remove excess fluids in the body. Whey also removes toxins, which will take a great strain off the kidneys.
If you have extra whey, then don't throw it out! Check out the many uses for extra whey - some of these unique ways might surprise you!
Uses for Extra Kefir Whey
Add kefir whey to your smoothies for extra protein. Kefir whey has more protein than the cheese or curd part of kefir. The whey contains the whey proteins of the milk, whereas the curds contain the milk caseins.
Make Cultured Veggies! You can use the whey from kefir to culture your vegetables. Always use freshly strained kefir whey to make your cultured vegetables. If the kefir whey is too old, it will not successfully culture your vegetables.
Use as a stain remover. We had a reader tell us that she uses kefir whey to remove stains from her clothes. Soak your clothes in a sink of warm water and at least a cup of kefir whey for the best results.
Kefir Whey Facial Toner Kefir has a soothing effect on the skin when used as a facial toner. Kefir is loaded with nutrients for your skin. Kefir contains calcium, phosphorus, riboflavin (vitamin B2), iodine, vitamin B12, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), zinc, potassium, protein, and molybdenum.
Lemon Juice replacement. Use kefir whey instead of lemon juice in recipes. With its tangy flavor, it works wonderfully in recipes calling for lemon juice. and you’ll get probiotics too. You can also put a splash in your drinks, like iced tea, for extra flavor. It pairs well with herbal iced teas too.
Make Kefir Soda! Apple Ginger Kefir Soda! with kefir whey is a delicious and simple soda. You can make it within a couple of days and your kids will love it! Ginger has incredible health properties that can work like medicine. Ginger is something you should add to your diet whenever you can, the benefits are many.
For pets! Pets love kefir whey and it's so good for them! Chickens and goats love it and cats do too! You can put a few spoonfuls in a bowl of water - decrease or add more as your pet desires.
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Do a shot! Drink whey straight from a little shot glass to get tons of benefits.
Whey is a superfood which contains a lot of healing properties. There is something known as “The Whey Cure” which was used throughout history. In fact, Hippocrates and Galen, two founding fathers of medicine, frequently recommended whey to their patients to heal them. This whey was often referred to as “liquid gold.”
Make Kefir Whey Lemonade! Kefir, lemons, honey, and whey combine well for a refreshing summertime, or anytime, drink. This is a wonderful drink for seasonal allergies. Loaded with vitamin C, it will boost your adrenals and load you with probiotics too!
Carbohydrates, Fats, and Proteins
When you make kefir cheese, the whey has most of the carbs and the cheese has most of the protein.
So the breakdown goes like this: based on 1 cup of fat-free milk; the whey contains 83% carbs; 3% fat; and 14% protein.
The whey liquid is carbohydrates in the form of lactose or milk sugar. A 1-cup serving of regular whey contains nearly 12.6 g of carbs, accounting for three-fourths of its roughly 67 calories The other calories are from Fat 0.9, and Protein 2.1.
Now, this changes through lactic acid fermentation significantly lowering the carbohydrates depending on how long it is fermented. During the process of fermentation, microorganisms such as bacteria and yeast convert organic compounds – such as sugars and starch – into small amounts of alcohol or acids. For example, much of the starches and sugars in milk kefir, cultured vegetables, and kombucha tea are converted to lactic acid and this lactic acid acts as a natural preservative keeping out pathogens and foodborne illness. Lactic acid is an organic molecule. Its chemical formula is C3H6O3. Lactic acid has the same proportion of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen as carbohydrates but it is technically not a carbohydrate.
One cup of kefir cheese made with non-fat milk has roughly 30 calories: 1 gram of fat, 3.5 grams of protein, and 1-2 carbohydrates. This can change based on the length of fermentation and the type of milk you use.
One cup of kefir whey made with non-fat milk has roughly 37 calories: 1 gram of fat, 2 grams of protein, and 5 carbohydrates. This can change based on the length of fermentation and the type of milk you use.
Kefir is considered 99 % lactose-free since the milk sugars are significantly lowered to 1-3 carbs per cup serving. This is why you get a sour taste - the milk sugars are lowered through lactic acid fermentation.
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Whey has been called liquid gold, and it has been used throughout history to help with many diseases. It's a superfood that can help with a myriad of ailments. Kefir cheese has many wonderful properties too. Let me show you the many properties and ways to use this wonderful food!