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What's the Liquid on Top of Yogurt?

Why the Liquid on Top of Your Yogurt Matters

You sit down at your desk, grab a yogurt container from your lunchbox, carefully pull back the foil lid, and see a familiar sight. A thin layer of clear liquid is sitting on top of the creamy goodness below. You have two options here: pour it out or mix it in. So what do you do?

Although it may gross you out, what you should do is grab that spoon and stir it all together, and here's why. That liquid is known as whey (yes, like Little Miss Muffet's curds and whey). Although it consists mainly of water, whey also contains a little bit of protein, potassium, and calcium. Stirring in the whey not only adds nutrition to your yogurt but also offers a creamier consistency.

If you don't like seeing the whey separated at the top, try this instead. Before pulling off the lid, shake the container, like you do with orange juice. Then when you open it, the whey and yogurt will already be mixed up for you. This is also a good trick if you prefer yogurt with fruit on the bottom. Then just scrape the lid on the edge of the container to avoid wasting any yogurt.

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Alicia15047809 Alicia15047809 3 years
I like to keep my yogurt nice and thick... I often cook with the liquid, or add it to other things. It's brilliant in yogurt dressings and I once used it to give a tart little pop to a steak gravy that turned out wonderfully...
Deborah2493395 Deborah2493395 5 years
A Professor (Polish man) told me yesterday that the liquid that collects on top of yoghurt breaks down kidney stones; saving the person from an operation, potentially loosing a kidney. I don't know how much to drink or if you'd mix it with water ?..... Thought it was worth mentioning it to you guys. I just googled "liquid on top of yoghurt" and this page was the first one I opened. Think I'll ad kidney stones or curing kidney stones to my new google; you should too ! Good health everyone. Deb x
guavajelly guavajelly 7 years
I always strain to make yogurt cheese. I like the super thick softness of it, plus straining it overnight removes the excessive tartness. It may be a bit healthier with the liquid but i don't care I prefer it without
Allytta Allytta 7 years
i don't since i already knew about the benefits of that liquid. i think i learnt it from you
Purrsnickety Purrsnickety 7 years
I stir it in too like most people. I do this with sour cream too.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
I stir it in, makes the yogurt creamier.
TheLittleMonster TheLittleMonster 7 years
I used to pour it out until someone pointed out its health benefits to me. Now I stir in :)
theworldloves theworldloves 7 years
i was thinking of pouring it out this morning when i opened my yogurt, but good thing i didn't! :)
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
Whoa! I didn't know that! Cool post fitsugar!
theworldinphotos theworldinphotos 7 years
i've always poured the liquid out, but now that I know what it is, I think I'll be stirring it in!
AlexisSF AlexisSF 7 years
if there's excessive liquid, i dump. if it's just a little, i stir.
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
Stir forever!!!
eneriyma eneriyma 7 years
I always stir it in...
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I never pour it off. I mix it up with a spoon to make the yogurt creamier and smoother.
llendril llendril 7 years
Alton Brown said to pour it out on an episode of Good Eats.
Brittneylb Brittneylb 7 years
I never knew that!I always poured the liquid off cause I, like your coworker, thought it was gross. I didnt know what it was though and will definitely start using it.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I always stir the liquid in. It really does help the consistency.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
I always stir the liquid whey into the yogurt. If I make cheese from Greek yogurt I actually save the drained off whey and use it to make a smoothie.
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