whey

noun
\ ˈ(h)wā How to pronounce whey (audio) \

Definition of whey

: the watery part of milk that is separated from the coagulable part or curd especially in the process of making cheese and that is rich in lactose, minerals, and vitamins and contains lactalbumin and traces of fat

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Other Words from whey

wheylike \ ˈ(h)wā-​ˌlīk How to pronounce whey (audio) \ adjective

Examples of whey in a Sentence

The curd has separated from the whey.
Recent Examples on the Web Shaped into balls of varying sizes, fresh mozzarella is typically packed in water or whey to help retain its moisture and shape. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Watermelon appetizer loaded with nutritious lycopene," 5 Sep. 2020 Throughout the night, the whey will slowly drain, leaving you with a fresh, tangy cheese in the morning. Marshall Bright, CNN Underscored, "Cooking from scratch: 6 delicious cooking projects to tackle while staying home," 31 July 2020 The company plans to label its product as animal-free whey protein, and items that contain the protein can be labeled as vegan and lactose-free. Beth Kowitt, Fortune, "Perfect Day raises $300 million to make animal-free dairy," 8 July 2020 The modern cheese-making process only takes a few hours: After dressing milk with lemon juice or vinegar, the curds are separated from the whey and squeezed into small blocks. Popular Science, "Eight international cheeses you need to try once," 4 June 2020 The whey is then strained out, and the mixture is pressed into wheels. Popular Science, "Eight international cheeses you need to try once," 4 June 2020 Then level up your culinary skills by using the leftover whey in an assortment of recipes from bread to desserts. Popular Science, "Yogurt makers to improve your snack time and microbiome," 19 May 2020 Most recipes for labneh call for Greek yogurt precisely because some of the whey has already been strained out. James P. Dewan, chicagotribune.com, "How to make labneh, the luscious Middle Eastern yogurty spread," 21 Aug. 2019 His ash reshteh, a dense noodle and bean soup, was simmered for hours down to a heavy ink and topped with bronzed shards of garlic, crispy onions, dried mint and a cooling daub of sour kashk (fermented whey). Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "A Tempest in a Pizzeria Spills Out Into the Street," 4 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of whey

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for whey

Middle English, from Old English hwæg; akin to Middle Dutch wey whey

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The first known use of whey was before the 12th century

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“Whey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whey. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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whey

noun

English Language Learners Definition of whey

: the watery part of milk that forms after the milk becomes thick and sour

whey

noun
\ ˈhwā How to pronounce whey (audio) , ˈwā \

Kids Definition of whey

: the watery part that separates from the curd after milk sours and thickens

whey

noun
\ ˈhwā How to pronounce whey (audio) , ˈwā How to pronounce whey (audio) \

Medical Definition of whey

: the serum or watery part of milk that is separated from the coagulable part or curd especially in the process of making cheese and that is rich in lactose, minerals, and vitamins and contains lactalbumin and traces of fat

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