Whey is the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained, and is the starter for lacto-fermented fruits, vegetables, and beverages.
This is an adaptation of the whey recipe from Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditions
. Using this method, you get wonderful cream cheese
and whey, which can be used to make sauerkraut, ginger ale
, or many other lacto-fermented foods.
It couldn't be easier: Put plain yogurt in a dish towel or cheese cloth and let the whey drip out overnight. I tied my dish towel together with rubber bands, and suspended it from a cabinet knob over a pitcher. Once the cream cheese and whey are separated, just save the whey in a glass mason jar, or similar. Refrigerated whey will last for months. In the images, I used goat milk yogurt. Cow milk yogurt will work fine.