Liquid in sour cream

Discussion in 'General Food and Foraging Discussion' started by unklfstr, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. unklfstr

    unklfstr Guest

    I was wondering why does sour cream and dip make water in it if you leave it in the fridge after eating some and does it help it to stay good longer if you pour out the water?
  2. dilligaf

    dilligaf Well-Known Member

    it is just separation of the solids and non. I dont know if it keeps longer if you pour it off or not i just always stir it back in. I would assume though that if you were to keep pouring the liquid off each time you found it your sour cream would end up being awful thick after a few times

  3. Ebin

    Ebin Guest

    I also just stir in back into the rest. I don't think it will hurt, as it has never hurt me before. I am still curious to know why it happens though, unklfstr.
  4. 10101

    10101 Guest

    separation of the solids and condensation, its fine. It has a horrible smell once bad.
  5. rainbowgardens

    rainbowgardens Well-Known Member

    Have you ever heard of curds and whey, like in the nursery rhyme about little miss muffet sitting on her tuffit? Well, milk has different parts that are used in different ways.
    Without going into detail about what each part is made of, I'll explain it.
    When you skim the cream layer off of milk and churn it, the liquid part, (whey) separates from the fat, (butter.)
    When you let milk sour, the whey separates from the thicker part and depending on how you processed it you can get sour cream, cottage cheese, or cheese.
    That whey is very nutritious. I believe they use it in some natural protein drinks.
    I use it to lacto-ferment food.
  6. lanahi

    lanahi Well-Known Member

  7. doc66

    doc66 Well-Known Member

    Whey is a protein builder and is used for muscle development. Weight lifters up their intake of protein with whey supplements and I used to use it when I was body building (those days are long gone!). My stored dried milk has whey added. I recommend that any prepper keep a couple of jars of whey around since if we ever have to use our stores for real, the diet is going to change enough that we might have to play with our intake of proteins and other essentials.
  8. The_Blob

    The_Blob performing monkey

    you're talking about whey protein powder, right doc?

    :2thumb: to that

    but idk the shelf life of the stuff, probably pretty good if sealed & kept in a dry cool basement