Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Whey cool!

Creepy!

I’ve had an outrageous amount of queries at work at the moment for whey. It’s prompted me to spread the word about the wonders of whey. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to drop a few puns.

Let’s go whey back to your childhood. You remember whey right? Little Miss Muffet, sitting on her tuffet, eating her curds and WHEY. Yeah, there you go. On a side note, how confusing is this nursery rhyme? Who at 3 knows what a tuffet is and why is Little Miss M eating curds and whey? It sounds gross, couldn’t she be eating something FUN and NUTRITIOUS, like maybe smiley face fruit pizza’s with a raspberry coulis base sauce? Kids would eat that! And the spider! Do you want to give kids a reason to have nightmares? A kitten would be far cuter and dreamy.

Ahem. Pardon me, I seemed to have digressed a whey bit...

So whey. It’s what you get when you make cheese. You add a bit of rennet and culture (microbes, not Beethoven) to milk. It turns into a junket-ey, tofu-ey type mass, which is then cut releasing the whey from the curds. It’s the watery bit. It doesn’t taste good. Kinda like a watery, sour, yogurty soup, with the look of coconut juice – except murkier. Mmmm, delish.

Cheese makers for years just used to drain this off, thinking it waste. With what we know whey is good for today it’s kinda like cutting up a diamond and tossing all the extra bits, ‘cept not as expensive or pretty. Actually a shitty analogy, meh. You get it -- stupid cheese makers.

Once they realised there was a nutritional value in the whey, they began to spray dry is and FEED IT TO COWS. Der!

In today’s market whey can be manipulated to emulate properties of egg, fat, cream, natural dairy flavours, whipping agents, bakery ingredients… yadda, yadda, yadda. It’s sold for a mint.

It’s full of dairy proteins, minerals and with very little to no fat. How good is that?! Now, before you start ringing me for samples, you probably won’t find a massive use for it in the home. But if you see it in something on the back of a label don’t be frightened, your local Food Scientist probably knows what she’s doing.

10 Comments:

Blogger Husky Nutmeg said...

'kitten' no doesn't work in with the rhyme...

Sugar and Spice (who's ever so nice)
was eating raspberry parfait
Along came a cat
who said f*#ancy that
I came here for curds and whey.

Thanks again for today

11:30 pm  
Blogger sugar and spice said...

so clever!
nice one.

8:53 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty pIcs for ya B day girl

Anyways when you get to here

http://www.michel-bras.com/anglais/cuisine/index.htm

Click on recipes>Canard & so on

Yes the food does come to your table looking like this!

9:45 am  
Blogger sugar and spice said...

argh! you ate here? come home immediately and tell me all about it. you better have pictures, homes.

9:55 am  
Blogger Buck Fudd said...

"It turns into a junket-ey, tofu-ey type mass"

Junket is curds and whey, isn't it? except flavoured.

11:31 am  
Blogger sugar and spice said...

well, i guess you could say junket is curds and whey, it's what you get before it sepatates into curds (solid) and whey (liquid). it was more of a descriptive thing, BF, which seemed to have worked because you definately know what it looks like, right.

kudo's for you for keeping me on my toes.

11:42 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Furkin with ya now

http://www.pierre-gagnaire.com/anglais/cdcarte.htm

11:31 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

egg white

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