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Powdered milk is a less expensive alternative to fresh milk and is sometimes called out specifically in recipes. This is a guide about using powdered milk.


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September 25, 2009

For the past several months, I have been buying organic milk, which is more expensive then non organic milk. Since I use milk in many of my recipes, gravy, baking and sauces, I now buy the least expensive dry milk available and keep it on hand for everything else.

There is no difference in texture or taste when used in baking, sauces and gravy. I keep the more expensive store-bought milk for drinking and to use on cereals only. The dry milk is good to have on hand. I find the container with the pour spout is less expensive then the packets and easier to measure exactly what I need.

By Bobbie from Rockwall, TX

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January 30, 20120 found this helpful

While you're keeping your dry milk on hand, remember that it too has an expiration date. Although it does have a lot longer shelf life than prepared milk. I also keep the dry on hand for cooking. For some foods I will make the dry milk up a bit stronger than regular milk, thus making my food more creamy.

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February 3, 20170 found this helpful

Powdered Milk

One way to save money on milk is to either use powdered milk instead or to at least substitute it in recipes where the different taste is not detectable. This is a guide about save money using powdered milk.


February 2, 20170 found this helpful

A bottle of fresh milk.

This is a guide about stretching fresh milk. Sometimes, you have less milk left than you need for a specific recipe or purpose.


April 21, 2009

Coffee creamer that is actually good for you. Use non fat dry milk as coffee creamer. There is no need to pre-mix dry milk with water, just use it as is. You can use as much as you like, without the fat. Your coffee will taste just as good as coffee creamers that have questionable additives like high fructose corn syrup. Canned "no fat milk" is also good, but it is more expensive. If you're big on coffee, like me, this will also help keep off the pounds. Enjoy!


By suzyspinkmoon from Clinton, TN

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April 21, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks for the great suggestion. I found a recipe on which was the liquid version, mix non-fat dry milk with the water. Once it's mixed it has to be stored in the refrigerator and then has to be used within a short period of time.

I just perked up 4 cups of coffee and had to try it for myself. The non-fat dry milk powder dissolves very well in a hot cup of coffee.

My doctor doesn't want me to use the commercial coffee creamers because of the high fructose and palm kernel oil. It doesn't help my high cholesterol. Thanks again for your healthy suggestion!

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February 18, 20100 found this helpful

Fill an ice cream pail with dry milk and put a 2/3 cup sized measuring cup in the pail. It takes four scoops of the 2/3 cup measuring cup (equals 2 2/3 cup) to make a 2 qt. pitcher of milk.


August 21, 20110 found this helpful

Collection of dried and canned foods including box of powdered milk.

This is a guide about making powdered milk taste better. Using powdered milk can help you save money. It is also a good backup when you run out of regular milk. But powdered milk does not always taste as good to most of us.


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March 6, 2008

You don't like 1% or 2% milk? Add 1-2 Tbsp. of powdered milk. This will add the whole-milk flavor without the fat.



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September 3, 2006

I have several bags of powdered milk. My family does not really care to drink it so I am looking for ideas on how to use it. Thanks a bunch to all who can offer some suggestions!

Ashley from Heart of Amish Country, PA

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November 12, 20080 found this helpful

Am looking for a recipe for a cookie recipe calling for dry milk in the dry form. Dough is rolled up in long roll, wrapped in waxed paper, chilled then sliced to bake. Thanks, Margaret

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December 5, 20080 found this helpful

Does anyone know how to use powdered milk or cream in chocolate truffle recipes instead of using real heavy cream?


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January 26, 20090 found this helpful

Smear a paste onto an egg roll wrapper add tomato pieces and black olives. Fold up and saute as squares of low fat entree that sweet and sour and sorta pizza mimicking. Serve beneath some pasta.

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July 31, 2007

I would like to hear from ladies who use powdered milk and what you usually pay for a pound. Here in California, it is $4.50 a pound. This is from a bulk bin at a discount grocery. This seems high to me. How much milk do you get from a pound? All the recipes I see go by cups. The price of milk is so high I want to switch but I don't know if it is worth changing. Milk is $3.20 a gallon for comparison.

Joy from Visalia

Editor's Note: A pound of dry milk is approximately 4 cups.

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August 3, 20070 found this helpful

In Missouri, near St. Louis, milk is around $3.09-$3.83 a gallon for regular red cap milk. If you have an Aldi's near you, you may want to spend $7 on a box of powdered milk from them, much cheaper then any other store's generic or name brand powdered milk. So far, mine has lasted a few months (I don't use it as much as I should, but I don't cook much with milk either.) My 4y/o drinks mostly milk, can't get her to drink much of anything else, so I've taught her to drink powdered milk, and it does help! So, check out your Aldis, and if you don't have one, you might be able to buy from them online, check it out!

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August 4, 20070 found this helpful

Even if you chose regular milk for drinking, you may want to buy some powdered milk (especially if you can get it at Aldis) for cooking, making homemade mixes (hot chocolate, etc.), and baking. You'll still be saving some money, and the powdered stuff lasts forever.

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August 4, 20070 found this helpful

my kids never liked the taste of powdered milk by itself. so I would mix it 1/2 & 1/2 with regular milk.but I did like to use it in cooking when I could

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November 27, 20040 found this helpful

I have recently found myself with an amazing amount of dried milk. Being a person who believes that any food can be used, I am on a quest for Christmas gifts I can make with dried milk. I believe I have exhausted the hot chocolate or mocha recipes gifts. Does anyone have any other ideas?

Thanks and God Bless-


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November 29, 20040 found this helpful

Read once it is very good to bath in.....make a Cleopatra bathhamper for ladies.

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December 6, 20040 found this helpful

There are homemade soap recipes that use dried milk also.

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December 10, 20040 found this helpful


Here is a great recipe for Cream of Anything soup which uses dried nonfat skim powedered milk... And if your dried milk is full cream, it wouldn't matter either.

Healthy Cream of Soup/Casserole Sauce Mix

(Use instead of canned cream soup)

2 cups nonfat dry milk powder

3/4 cup cornstarch or clear gel

1/4 cup instant reduced sodium chicken or beef bouillon granules

1/2 teaspoon dried crushed thyme (optional)

1/2 teaspoon dried crushed basil (optional)

1/4 teaspoon ground white or black pepper

Directions: Combine ingredients. Store in an airtight container.

To prepare as a substitute for one can of condensed cream soup in recipes, stir together 1/3 cup dry mix and 1 1/4 cup water in a saucepan or microwave cooking dish. Cook and stir until thickened. Mix makes the equivalent of nine cans condensed soup.

As you plan your company dishes for this holiday season, why don't you mix up a batch of casserole sauce mix and cook up a healthy holiday meal. By sharing your healthy version of the family's favorite dishes, you just might encourage other family members to try the casserole sauce mix too. Of course, you could always mix up a batch and give it as a gift using a recipe card as a gift tag.

By the way, I didn't use the pepper in my batch because my children don't like pepper in anything...

THis is what was saved in my email recipe folder. I should actually save it on my hard drive, but with so many weeks until Christmas, it's not going to happen.

Hope this helps.

Bev in Australia

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June 2, 2010

I have a container of skim milk powder, but no instructions of how to reconstitute it. Can anyone give me a rule of thumb?

By Chantal from Queensland, Australia

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June 2, 20100 found this helpful

To make 1 cup of liquid milk out of powdered milk, mix together 1/3 cup of the powdered milk with one cup of water, and shake really good until all the powder is dissolved. If you are going to drink it or use it on cereal it is best to mix it up the night before and let it set overnight in the refrigerator so that is nice and cold.

I only use it for cooking unless we run out of regular milk and won't be going to the store right away. On the box that I have it also says that you can stir some into coffee as a nonfat creamer, use in soups and casseroles, improve moistness and texture in meatloaf and meatballs, and add texture to bread machine recipes.

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June 4, 20100 found this helpful

Redhatterb is correct.

But when i make mine, I add more milk because the milk becomes thicker, almost like whole milk.

I always make it this way when I cook with it and my husband does the same for eating cereal. It has more body and flavor I think. I always have some in the house, though. Especially for hurricane season.

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January 1, 2007

Is non-fat dry milk the same as skim milk powder?

Ellen from CA

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January 3, 20070 found this helpful

Yes, it is. Here in Canada, they call non-fat dry milk skim milk powder, but its the same thing.

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March 7, 20070 found this helpful

Is milk powder the same as real milk?

Editor's Note: Milk powder is dried milk, so it is made from real milk but has all of the water (and quite often fat) removed. If you mix it with water, you will get something like skim milk.

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