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GingerBKelly Posted - Dec 31 2016 : 12:42:03 PM
Question about whey:

I have 20 hens and 2 milk cows. I just made my first hard cheese. I'm totally in LOVE with cheese-making! But this presents a problem, well more like a speed bump. If I don't have goats or hogs to drink the excess whey, what do I do with it? My chickens will drink only about a quart per day, that's about all they want.

Does whey go bad? How can I store it? Will whey store well in a cheese cellar or in a room at about 50 degrees Fahrenheit? Does whey always need to be refrigerated? Can you freeze excess whey? What is whey like, when it becomes bad or too sour to use?

I know I can cook with whey like pancakes and baked goods (yummy!). But I'd like to know a few other clever ways you may have of dealing with excess whey from cheese-making and such.
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GingerBKelly Posted - Jan 01 2017 : 08:05:44 AM
These are all wonderful suggestions and tips and I shall read the link given by Mary Jane. Thank you, Janet, Cindy and Mary Jane. This good information is whey more than I had anticipated.
NellieBelle Posted - Dec 31 2016 : 7:24:41 PM
You can make ricotta from whey.
txbikergirl Posted - Dec 31 2016 : 7:02:18 PM
ginger, really read what maryjane listed as whey is wonderful. i feed a bit to cats, dogs and kitchens and also put it in the garden beds and make rice.

it also freezes well, so if you want to put it in wide mouth quart jars and freeze a dozen or so to last you for the once a day chicken feeding you could stretch the use out in between cheesemaking efforts. i would think it would be nice if you thawed it out the day before and perhaps warmed it just slightly in the microwave before taking it out to the chickens on a winter morning - a warm drink in the morning for them ;>
maryjane Posted - Dec 31 2016 : 1:01:05 PM
36 ways to use whey:

We put our extra on our outdoor plants and trees.