Which Dry Milk Is Best For You?

which dry milk is beat for you?

More than nutrients, the most important part is taste. These milk items are handy to have in your cupboard for emergency situations or when you run out of fresh.  Milk powders are great to take along for backpacking meals with a gourmet touch as well.  

For those counting the grams and ounces, powdered milk is the only acceptable choice. How many are actually from the same manufacturer and simply re-branded. What matters is that it contains the nutrients of milk. It should, it’s made from milk. As long as it’s not a milk substitute, then it should be fine.

Okay, so “what’s the best powdered milk?”

Non-Instant Non Fat Milk Powder, 1lb.
Non-Instant Non Fat Milk Powder, 1lb.

 

Non-Instant Non Fat Milk Powder, 1lb.

Does not spoil, but once opened it has to be put in a tightly sealed container.  Tastes good in different than instant powered milk. This is a fine consistency, and naturally sweet. Lumps must be carefully attended.

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How Long Does Powdered Milk Last?

How long does powdered milk last? It can last for years beyond its "best by" date. Once the powder is reactivated with water, it should be used within 4-5 days. This is because powdered milk is real milk that has been heated so that about half of the milk solids evaporate. A package of powdered milk will list the ingredients of nonfat dry milk and vitamins A and D3, other products with lists of ingredients are not the real deal. As usual, if you take out the moisture you drastically increase the shelf life of the product allowing you to always have some milk on hand. The shelf life of powdered milk is mainly influenced by its exposure to heat and moisture.

 

Bob's Red Mill Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder, 22-ounce (Pack of 4)
Bob's Red Mill Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder, 22-ounce (Pack of 4)

 

Bob's Red Mill Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder, 22-ounce (Pack of 4)

It is not sweet at all...but it is very smooth, rich-tasting. This is not the "Instant" variety of powdered milk which will dissolve easily. One 22 oz bag will yield 7 1/2 quarts of liquid milk = 1.8 gallons = 1 gallon + 3 quarts + 1 pt. 

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Anchor Full Cream Milk Powder -900g/2lb
Anchor Full Cream Milk Powder -900g/2lb

 

Anchor Full Cream Milk Powder -900g/2lb

If you love milk and I mean regular milk cold from the refrigerator you will love this milk which is in powder form. Anchor milk is richer and oddly fresher tasting than most available brands.

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The Many Uses for Dry Milk

There are so many different brands of dry milk…but as far as I know, they are all relatively the same and should all work for most “recipes” .  Better stock up the next time you’re at the store!

1. Sour Cream

Simply mix 1/3 c dry milk with 3/4 c. plain yogurt to replace sour cream. This works great for low-fat dips.

If you’re planning to bake with it, add 1 t. cornstarch to stabilize the yogurt.

2. Regular Milk

Whenever a recipe calls for regular milk, you may instead substitute 1/3 c. of dry milk in with the dry ingredients and 1 c. water in with the wet ingredients.

3. Evaporated Milk

Mix 1/3 c dry milk with 1/2 c. water. This replaces a small (5 oz) can of evaporated milk.

I never buy evaporated milk any more…I always use this “recipe”.

4. Sweetened Condensed Milk

Mix 1/3 c. dry milk with 1/2 c. cold water. Microwave until hot and steamy. Then add 1/2 c. sugar. Let stand in refrigerator for 4 hours. This replaces a 13 oz can.

{I know this seems time consuming, but it does work!}

5. White Sauce
Mix 1/3 c. dry milk, 3 t. melted butter and 3 T. flour to form a paste. Slowly add 1 c. water or milk and whisk until smooth.

You may add onions, cheese, mushrooms, or any other flavorings you like and serve over pasta.

6. Hot Chocolate Mix

Mix one 24 oz box of dry milk with 1 c. non-dairy creamer, 2 c. powdered sugar, and one 16 oz. container instant chocolate drink mix and store in a large, tightly sealed container.

Then mix about 1/2 cup with 1 c. boiling water for delicious hot chocolate. 

Nestle Carnation Instant Nonfat Dry Milk, 3.2 oz (Pack of 1)
Nestle Carnation Instant Nonfat Dry Milk, 3.2 oz (Pack of 1)

Nestle Carnation Instant Nonfat Dry Milk, 3.2 oz (Pack of 1)

Carnation Instant Nonfat Dry Milk enhances your baking! Part of our process is removing water from the milk. Perfect with bread machines, gives many of your baked items a beautiful golden brown look!

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Nestle Nido Milk Powder Europe Imported 900-Gram (2 Pound)
Nestle Nido Milk Powder Europe Imported 900-Gram (2 Pound)

 

Nestle Nido Milk Powder Europe Imported 900-Gram (2 Pound)

Easily dissolves without lumps in hot or cold water...even in cocoa. This product is great. It's a much better substitute than nonfat dry milk. This stuff is delicious-even just drinking as milk. Keep a can in the fridge for all your milk needs, rather than buying a jug of milk and then throwing 1/3 away when it goes bad. 

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For those of you who are lactose intolerant, my condolences. I don’t recommend consuming much milk, or any at all, unless you’re very intimate with your hiking partner or the idea of digging a cat hole 6 times a day seems like a good way to enjoy your backpacking trip. But fear not, eat plenty of other meats and you should cover all the same bases as dairy.

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