Uses for Whey From Yogurt

By Stephanie Cai

Whey is the yellow liquid usually found settled at the top of your yogurt container. Instead of simply discarding the whey, you can save and use it. This liquid has high nutritional value and can be beneficial for your health if you incorporate it into other foods.

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Grains and Beans

In order to fully absorb the nutrients of grains and beans, it is necessary to soak them prior to cooking. Soaking your grains and beans also allows for easier digestion and cuts the cooking time. Instead of soaking your beans and grains with water alone, add 2 or 3 tbsp of whey and soak overnight. Make sure all the grains and beans are covered.


If you're not particularly fond of the taste of whey, you can use it on your skin. Your skin will soak up the nutrients. Add the whey to your bath water, or use it as a facial mask. Apply a thin layer on your face, avoiding the eye area, and allow it to sit for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off. Your skin should feel refreshed.


Add more nutrients to your meats by using whey as a marinade. Season a 1/4 cup of the leftover whey with spices such as garlic, pepper or rosemary. Pour the whey along with the spices into a zip-top bag and then add your meat. Marinate your meat for at least two hours. The marinade will work for both frozen and unfrozen meat. Adding the whey will tenderize the meat and the enzymes found in the whey will bring out the flavor of the meat.


If you have a garden and a lot of whey to use up, you can water your garden with whey instead of water. Since the whey is packed with nutrients, the nutrients will be beneficial to your growing plants. You can also use your whey in your compost pile. The nutrients will be absorbed by the mulch and soil, resulting in rich gardening soil for the future.