Waste Not Want Not

Discovering ways to re-purpose discards, making items from scratch and being self-sufficient.


Don’t Throw Away Your Whey

Just as I promised, I’ve found several very good ideas for using the whey left from making cheese and yogurt.  Many recipes for homemade cheese and yogurt encourage pouring this useful by-product down the drain but having a miser mindset, I don’t throw anything away if it can be used.  I’m often accused of dividing leftover food and freezing it in ice trays.  Guilty as charged.

Substitute whey in any baking recipe that calls for water or milk.

  1. Use it in fresh yeast breads and rolls recipes
  2. Add it to your cornbread, pancakes, waffles, muffins, biscuit batters
  3. Use it to cook pasta, potatoes, oatmeal, or rice and whey will add extra flavor to the foods
  4. Add it to soups and stews
  5. Use it as an additive to fruit smoothies and shakes
  6. Mix a little in your dog’s food for extra nutrition
  7. Pour it over your compost
  8. Spray your lawn with whey

One of my favorite ideas for using leftover whey is to make ricotta cheese.  All the recipes I’ve found for this homemade yummy, call for at least one to two gallons of whey.  If you are a cheese or yogurt maker you may want to freeze your smaller batches of whey until you have a gallon and they try your hand at ricotta.

ricotta

FYI:

  1. You’ll need a colander lined with cheesecloth
  2. A large stock pot
  3. Candy thermometer
  4. Yield about 1 cup of fresh ricotta

Ingredients for Ricotta

  • 1 to 2 gallons fresh whey
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • A pinch of salt

Procedures

  1. Heat your whey to 200°F, or a low boil
  2. Let the curds come together for 5 minutes or so, then drain the pot into your cloth-lined colander. The bulk of the whey should drain out within the first 5 minutes.
  3. When your ricotta has reached the desired balance of creaminess v. curdiness, scoop the cheese into a bowl and refrigerate until use.

Good luck! As soon as I have enough whey, I’m giving this a try.

Until next time!

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Junk Mail, Magazines and Catalogs Make a Come

Got time and magazines on your hands? Check this out. You won’t believe what you can do with old junk mail, magazines and catalogs.

Abstract Octopus

I made this tutorial several years ago. Since then, I’ve seen my tutorial all over the internet, including Apartment Therapy.I’ve decided to share it again here.

I hoard magazines. I cannot bear to throw them away even if I know I will never take the time to look at them again. Here’s a way to use those magazines I feel too guilty to throw away and create a colorful recycled magazine box for your home.

These are the (much pricier) inspiration:

(Tutorial after the jump)

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Plastic Grocery Bag Dispenser

You are going to love this idea if you are dealing with bag storage.  Also, this is a great idea for the diaper bag for disposal of soiled diapers, for picnic trash or just to take on camping trips, beach outings or just in the kitchen.  Thanks to tatertotsandjello for this idea!

Plastic Grocery Bag Dispenser

CLICK ON IMAGE FOR INSTRUCTIONS!