Powdered milk is a common item that people store for long term emergency situations for many reasons. It has enough nutrients to allow you to sustain life even if it was the ONLY thing you were eating/drinking, you cannot store fresh milk in a powerless emergency, and milk is a very common ingredient in many recipes.
The beautiful thing about having milk in your home storage is that it can also save you in those everyday emergencies, like realizing you are out of milk right in the middle of cooking dinner. I hate going grocery shopping
People often have a lot of questions about the types of powdered milk, how to use it, how to improve it, etc. so we are going to cover some of the main questions we’ve seen and take out some of the mysteries surrounding this great storage item.
Common Questions About Powdered Milk
What is the difference between instant and non-instant powdered milk?
Instant powdered milk is similar to instant rice in that it is faster and easier to reconstitute than non-instant formulas. Typically instant powdered milk takes about twice as much powder per gallon as non-instant, but it depends on which brand you are purchasing. Thrive Life sells both the Instant Milk and regular Non-Fat Powdered Milk and both are very good.
What is a milk alternative?
A milk alternative is NOT 100% milk. It contains a lot of ingredients to make it taste better including whey, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, and high fructose corn syrup. As a result, it can taste better (opinions on this vary), but has way less protein and includes some ingredients which are NOT great for you. If you want to use your stored milk in recipes or to make cheese, etc., they would turn out differently than if you used 100% milk. If you just want to drink the milk alternative as a milk flavored yummy drink, it’s ok. However you will be missing out on important nutrients which are even more critical in a time of emergency.
How can I improve the taste of powdered milk?
One trick to try is mixing a little bit of sugar and vanilla in to your powdered milk and then make sure to serve it cold. This will significantly improve the taste of your milk! If that still doesn’t fool your family, a lot of people have had success with mixing powdered milk with regular milk half and half in the jug and nobody seems to notice or mind the taste. Most people that have tried the Thrive Milk don’t feel that any additives are necessary. It is seriously GOOD powdered milk.
What is the shelf life of powdered milk?
Thrive powdered milk has a shelf life of 25 years if left unopened and stored in optimal storage conditions. Once opened, the shelf life goes down to just two years. Some sources say that nutrient levels will deplete before the 25 years so we always recommend rotating through your stores as much as possible.
What’s the best way to rotate my powdered milk?
Since Non-Fat Powdered Milk is denser and more difficult to “mix”, it is best used in baking. You can take any recipe that calls for milk and substitute with powdered milk. You don’t even need to mix it together first. Simply add the powdered with the dry ingredients, and the necessary amount of liquid with the wet ingredients. The Instant Milk was specifically developed for it’s flavor and for ease of mixing. Keep this on hand for the days you want to avoid the “milk runs”.
One thing we especially love using powdered milk for is substituting it in recipes that call for buttermilk, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, etc. Here are some tips for making those substitutions:
Buttermilk: Mix up one cup of powdered milk. Add 1 T. lemon juice or vinegar to the milk. Stir it in and wait for 5 minutes. Use in any recipe that calls for buttermilk!
Sweetened Condensed Milk: Add the following ingredients to your blender. 1/2 cup of hot water, 1 c. of powdered milk powder, 1 c. of sugar, 1 T. of butter. Blend very well.
Evaporated Milk: Mix 1 1/2 c. water with 1/2 c. + 1 T. powdered milk powder. Whisk together thoroughly. Add to any recipe calling for evaporated milk!
What are some good recipes using powdered milk?
Super Cherry Pie (make your own sweetened condensed milk using powdered milk)
Buttermilk Cornbread (make your own buttermilk using powdered milk)
Blender Wheat Pancakes (uses wheat, powdered milk, and powdered eggs!)
German Pancakes (use powdered milk and you won’t notice a difference)
Ricotta Cheese (make with powdered milk)
French Toast (uses powdered eggs and powdered milk)
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Thrive Non-Fat Powdered Milk is one of the BIG DEAL SPECIALS. The cheapest way to buy it is in a bucket but we always recommend getting some smaller sizes so you can practice using it without opening an entire bucket.
- Jodi Weiss Schroeder