Uses For Whey Leftover From Cheese Making

If you are making cheese regularly, you will have a lot of left over whey to deal with. You could pour it away down the drain, but it’s a very nutritious by-product and why not use it if you can. Continue reading for some uses for whey.

Leftover Whey


Uses For Whey Leftover From Cheese Making

Here are some wheys (ha!) you can get a little more out of your milk by using up the whey as well:

  • Use in bread making instead of water – gives a great rise
  • Use in pizza doughs – or any baking that needs water or milk really
  • Feed to chickens
  • Feed to dogs
  • Feed it to pigs
  • Use as a stock or in gravy
  • Cook your porridge with it
  • Cook pasta or potatoes with it
  • Water outdoor plants with it
  • Use for storing Feta or Haloumi in
  • Make Ricotta
  • Blend with bananas, berries etc for a protein drink
  • Drink it just as it is – not my favourite taste in the world personally
  • Freeze for later use
  • Some people swear by it to bathe in for healthy skin – not sure I’m so keen on that idea myself but hey, if you are…..
  • Lacto Fermentation – making things such as sauerkraut


Do you use your whey up in any other ways (I left it that time) that you want to share with Curd-Nerd readers? Join the discussion over at the Curd Nerd Forum. We would love to hear from you!


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8 thoughts on “Uses For Whey Leftover From Cheese Making

  • 02/05/2011 at 7:35 pm

    Thanks Phil! Great link. Whey beer would certainly be interesting : /

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  • 24/10/2012 at 1:08 am

    There’s a Greek cheese called Manouri that is made by adding cream to whey. I’ve looked in vain for a recipe. Maybe you can help?

    • 24/10/2012 at 8:39 am

      Hi Bruce

      Thanks for your question.

      I can’t say that I have seen a recipe for Manouri but leave it with me and I’ll do some hunting through my resources. I’ll be sure to let you know if I find anything. : )

  • 09/10/2013 at 6:58 pm

    Like your ideas and recipes a great deal.. I have been using my whey when baking breads and doughs; i.e loaves, pita breads, pizza etc and it gives a lovely rise and excellent texture…

  • 06/12/2013 at 10:18 pm

    Can i press hard cheese like pecorino with pneaumatic press.if yes……..Who are the Manufacturer of these press.
    I want to make my operation auto

    • 04/02/2014 at 8:02 am

      Absolutely! A pneumatic press can be used for pressing all kinds of cheeses. I don’t know of manufacturers in your area, but with the right guidance most custom engineering/fabrication shops could put something together for you.

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