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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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SWINE FLU! Information you should know

Holy crap! A flu pig! Run for the hills! But seriously, let’s take a look at this sucker, the hysteria around it, and the vaccine.

First thing to know is that this strain is HINI. That might not mean anything, but it is the same strain as the Spanish Flu that killed 50-100 million people in 1918. So, it is a bit reasonable that the CDC, UN, and well everyone is in a state of anxiety. The basic quote that the experts are saying is that it’s not a matter of will it happen, but when.

Why was that flu and maybe this one so deadly?

Normally, the flu affects very young people or much older people because their immune systems are weaker than adults. It usually leaves the rest of us feeling like crap for a few weeks. But after going through the experience once, you come to realize why getting a vaccine is important. Normally your immune system is able to eventually adapt, recognize, and kill the virus, and you get better.

But with a very foreign flu, like avian flu or swine flu, our immune systems are not used to the strain at all. In fact they’ve never seen anything remotely like it before so our bodies go into overdrive. Once the flu is able to infect people quickly, our immune system starts attacking everything. This is not good for people who have strong immune systems. Hence the huge fatalities of the Spanish Flu of 20-30 year olds. A sort of similar thing happened with Native Americans when Europeans started to settle America. Their immune systems hadn’t adapted to the disease so they were especially vulnerable.

Here are some more resources about the flu:

Google Flu Trends. See how the Flu is in your area based on what people are searching for and writing about.

The CDC website

Swine Flu Updates

Yeah, that’s bad, but I’ve heard the vaccine is bad for you?

There are a lot of people who claim that the vaccine hasn’t been tested, or that it’s bad for peoples health. This post on the New York Times does a good job of addressing these concerns. There is also another one here on the Christian Science Monitor. The vaccine is used against the latest strain of the flu, and hopefully this prepares your body a little if the flu mutates. Either way, you’ll still be much better protected from the most common strain.

So, what can I actually do to prevent it?

Wash your hands often (a trick is to sing happy birthday while lathering your hands. This is supposed to be the correct amount of time to kill off germs).

Use the Dracula Sneeze to prevent spreading the flu.

Get vaccinated.

If you do get the flu, go to the doctors and avoid people.

Getting a medical mask is a bit paranoid, and will help for a bit, but for a prolonged epidemic they are kind of useless. Since you would need a large stockpile.

Avoiding pigs and pork won’t help. Nor will culling all your pigs.

This video does a great overview of pandemics, how to fight them, and how to be prepared.

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