Whey lemonade

Whey lemonade

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Real Food by Mike
Makes
750 ml
Photographer
Alan Benson

We make a lot of yoghurt in our house and therefore always have lots of whey floating around. This is a quick recipe, which is probiotic and uses few ingredients. Whey is easily collected by straining yoghurt. Some yoghurts, particularly pot-set ones, always have some whey floating on the surface that you can use. A good way to check if your lemonade has produced enough fizz is to turn the bottle upside down and see if there are any bubbles rising up through the bottle. If you notice little bubbles, then it’s time to stop the fermentation by placing the broth in the refrigerator.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
6 lemons, zested and juiced, (you need 250 ml of lemon juice)
225g sugar, (caster or raw)
375g pot-set yoghurt

Method

  1. Mix the lemon zest with the sugar and 1.5 litres (6 cups) water. Cover and leave at room temperature overnight.
  2. Meanwhile, line a strainer or fine colander with two layers of muslin (cheesecloth) and spoon in the yoghurt. Place the lined strainer suspended over a large bowl in the refrigerator overnight to strain the whey. (See Note.)
  3. The next day, strain the lemon water from the zest and combine with 125 ml (1/4 cup) of the whey. Place in flip-top bottles and leave out at room temperature until you see bubbles, after about 1 week. It’s now ready to drink so place it in the refrigerator until needed as it’s best icy cold. It will keep for a minimum of 2 weeks, chilled.

Note

  • Note: You can use the whey left over from making the labne in the Blueberry, celery and pecan salad with lemon myrtle and labne.

Medicinal Benefit

  • As well as being rich in health-boosting vitamin C, lemons, despite tasting acidic, are said to be alkaline-forming in the body and can help neutralise an overly acidic body pH. Vitamin C is thought to help with asthma, iron absorption, boosting the immune system and helping maintain healthy skin, the latter on account of how it helps with collagen formation. Whey has antimicrobial and antiviral benefits, as well as being an immune system-boosting antioxidant.
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