Reuse Roundup: Laura Beaudet
Today's Reuse Roundup post comes from Laura Beaudet.
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I was glad to see your call for ideas to reuse stuff that would otherwise be wasted, because it's something that makes environmental good sense as well as economic good sense!
I make my own yogurt at home. I really like the thick Greek-style yogurt that's made by draining a lot of the whey out of regular yogurt. If you throw away the whey, it's pretty wasteful, but I've found a great use for the whey I strain out of my yogurt. I also like to bake my own bread, and my basic recipe calls for four cups of water for four one-pound loaves. I've found that by using the whey from my yogurt-making instead of plain water, I'm increasing the nutrients in the bread, as well as giving it a wonderful sourdough-like tang. It also keeps me from wasting all that good whey.
Here's a picture of today's batch of yogurt draining in a Chinois.
And here's a picture of some of the drained whey with a loaf of bread I baked using the whey from the last yogurt batch.