No Whey! Whey and Cream Cheese are easy to make!
Growing up, I remember the nursery rhyme that goes something like this:
Eating her curds and whey.
Then along came a spider
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.
As a thank you for watching his dog, Sadie, Scott brought curds back from Wisconsin. The curds that are in our fridge, are funny shaped, bite-sized cheese.
If you add vinegar to warm milk, the milk will separate into white clumps (curd) and yellow liquid (whey). From what I understand, by doing this you have made cottage cheese or ricotta cheese.
Several of the recipes that I have given you, have suggested that you use homemade whey.
I am going to show you how to collect your whey from yogurt. Not only will you obtain whey from this process, but you will also have created cream cheese. If you already have yogurt in your refrigerator, then you have been making this natural preservative all along.
You will need a strainer, bowl, cheesecloth or cloth napkin.
1. Place your cheesecloth in the strainer and gently pour yogurt onto the cheesecloth.
2. Place the strainer over a bowl or Mason jar. A yellow liquid will immediately begin dropping through the cheese cloth. This is whey.
3. Leave the yogurt and whey out until the yogurt no longer appears runny. This could be up to 6 hours. Once yogurt appears firm, you can place the strainer (still containing the cheesecloth and yogurt) and bowl into the fridge to further separate.
4. Voila! You have now made cream cheese and whey!