I wanted to start doing some cultured stuff with fruits as we have a bit of a surplus of fruit at home right now and we donât eat a lot of it. Being that all of us are â0â Blood types, fruits are basically not really all that helpful for our digestive systems â berries are fine as are some citrus but in general they are not as helpful for us as other people.
I started looking around my recipe books for some cultured fruit ideas and soon discovered that you need your own whey to get the best results.
Then I thought âWell, I will have to get my own whey then wonât I?â
It just so happened I have a tub of Biodynamic Cows Yogurt in my fridge that I havenât got around to eating yet. Its still good and a perfect way to start my Whey Extraction Experiment :-)
You will need:
1 medium sized cardboard box
1 piece of dowel or a broom handle or straight stick longer than the width of the box
1 cup of organic yogurt or buttermilk
1 large glass bowl
1 piece of muslin or cheesecloth (an old baby wrap is good for this)
1 piece of string
To start, you need to set up your âCulture Chamberâ as I have come to call it.
Turn the box on its side, so that its long side up and open up the flaps at the front, facing you, like in the picture above. Remove the top and bottom flaps and just leave the side flaps, opening out.
Punch a hole about an inch from the top of the box on either side, so you can poke your dowel or stick through. This is to hang the cheesecloth from to collect the curds. Poke your stick through so that it rests on the sides of the box with an inch or two protruding from each end to keep it steady.
Place the glass bowl at the bottom of the box, in the centre under the dowel / stick.
Pour your yogurt or buttermilk into the centre of the cheesecloth and gather up the four corners around it. Tied the corners together then tie some string around the cheesecloth about 5cm above the yogurt, making a little parcel.
Tie the parcel to the dowel or stick in the box, so that the yogurt hangs over the glass bowl. Droplets will start forming and splash into the bowl â this is your whey :-)
The whole process of separating curds and whey will take aout 36 â 48 hours leaving behind a cream cheese type curd which you can use on sandwiches or as a dip mixed with herbs, and a lovely bowl of probiotic rich whey.
This is what you can use in your probiotic vegetables, fruits and even your kefir mixes if you want!
Pretty easy huh?
Love and curds,
The Eco Mum xo
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