How to Make a Homemade Whey Protein Shake aka How to make Whey Protein

Ever wonder what the nursery rhyme means when Little Miss Muffett is eating her curds and whey? Well, a lot of the hardcore lifters and exercise folks out there should know; they’re drinking copious amounts of it after all their workouts.

The basics behind a protein shake is that they help your muscles heal and grow after you’ve been working out; it also is claimed to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. So, it’s usually a good idea to have this after your workout routine.

Whey protein is actually surprisingly easy to make, a lot cheaper than the stuff you buy in the stores, and the leftover ingredients can be made to make fun things like cheese.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 quart or liter of milk (you can add more or less depending on how much you want to make… just adjust the ratios)
  • a saucepan
  • vinegar or lemon juice (about 2 tablespoons)
  • strainer
  • paper towels or a cheese cloth
  • Any flavoring or spices you want

1) Get your milk and start to boil it on a medium to low heat. Keep a close eye on it because you don’t want it to get too hot.

2) When you start to notice a bunch of bubbles around the rim of the sauce pan add the vinegar or lemon juice and stir it around. The mixture should separate pretty quickly into curds and whey. If it doesn’t just add a little more vinegar or lemon juice until it does. The curds are the solid looking things and the whey is the liquid.

3) Get a strainer (cover it in paper towels or cheese cloth if you want to keep the curds and make it into cheese). Separate the curds from the whey. Let the whey cool down in the fridge for a while and then add any ingredients. Some suggestions for flavoring: Nutmeg, cinnamon, honey, chocolate… just test it out and see what works for you. The taste might be different for some people if it is, just dilute it with something else like water, or juice.

This is the same stuff you’ll buy in the store except it’s not dehydrated and probably won’t have any weird additives that’ll give you a gorilla back. Enjoy!

*Editors note: According to this blog post, “Whey is the fluid by product of cheese manufacture. It is produced in far greater volume than cheese, the ration of whey to cheese being about 10:1. For numerous reasons, whey is underutilized and not more than half of the United States production used. The rest, amounting to billion of pounds represents a waste disposable problem.

Considering the growing rate of cheese production and the ever-tightening constraints in the disposal of processing plant effluents, the problem of what to do with whey is one of major proportions. Whey comprises about 5% lactose, 2% other milk components and 93% water.”

So, a majority of the liquid is water and 2% of it is probably the proteins you would normally get from a whey protein shake. Still makes an easy drink, but it’s definitely not as strong as the concentrated form you can get at the store. According to Wikipedia (I know, I know…), “whey protein can be simply processed by drying…” There are other more complicated ways as well. Anyone have any ideas on the best way to make a concentrated form of this?



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23 responses to “How to Make a Homemade Whey Protein Shake aka How to make Whey Protein

  1. I wou suggest taking the liquid and leaving it uncovered over a low heat on the stove, this should allow excess water to evaporate off and leave a more concentrated solution.

    • Failure

      So I did this with half a quart of milk. I separated the curd from the whey and then did what you said and the vinegar started appearing a little and it now smells like vinegar and is a little yellow. What did I do wrong? Any help?

      • random reply

        i would suggest u to use yoghurt to separate the cheese and the whey instead of lime or vinegar. this also increases vitamin b in the cheese and the whey. hope this helps.

  2. bens right, if you dont do this the its just not the right consistency.

  3. This makes natural whey protein as the best muscle gain supplement.

    Whey protein is a fast absorbing natural protein supplements. So it is absorbed very quickly by your body and it reaches your muscle cells immediately.

  4. v3

    nice share.. wanna try this

  5. Thanks for publishing about this. There’s a mass of great tech information on the internet. You’ve got a lot of that info here on your site. I’m impressed – I try to keep a couple blogs somewhat ongoing, but it’s a struggle sometimes. You’ve done a solid job with this one. How do you do it?

  6. How quick can somebody expect to lose weight?

  7. david ampiah

    great post!

  8. Dr

    I did it…I must admit, it is better than ones from stores…maybe cuz I make it from what ever I want…or It is just me.

    Thanks for sharing it !

  9. Reece

    How to measure the amount of protein made through this process.

  10. I have a problem with the lactic acid from the whey. It dries and causes discomfort in my throat. I can eat store-bought yogurt fine, but when I make yogurt from those batches, over time, they change into something more acidic and harsh on my throat.

  11. cvr

    I am going to try this. I love using whey to soak my oats … makes it easier to digest.
    Great One… Thank you for sharing.

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  13. awesome post! nyc personal trainer and all that good whey protein stuff

  14. this is greaat!! but when u do this u take off all the fat and all the protein stays?

  15. Ash

    How can you dry the whey at home successfully to make it into powder without the whey going off in the process ? Will simply leaving it in a warm oven do ? for how long – has anyone tried ?

  16. Schives

    Why not just drink the milk? Why go to the trouble of making the protein. (whey).

  17. eun

    great article. I have been shopping for a good reliable authentic organic whey powder….but cannot find one!!! Most are fake and are operations set up at home (middlemen). Believe me….I do my research. Anyway, I thought this link might help you folks understand the process better. Good luck all!

  18. Kripanand

    Great information….thanks for sharing…..i had a doubt..can people with Blood group A take this home made whey.?
    bcz i have heard that for Blood group A ,dairy product are not much suitable.

    I appreciate your replies….thanks

  19. Srujan

    Sir how many grams of protein consists in 100grams of home made whey protein

    Could you please reply to my mail?

    • Steven


      great post. but what i miss is the exact amount of protein in the liquid.
      i really will try this out because the whey in stores are to high for me (student).

      thx for posting plz reply

  20. John Bowman

    Reblogged this on gothnerd and commented:
    a good start on homemade Whey protien powder for shakes

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