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It is MUCH better than any store milk. And if the dairy is clean, there is little or no danger of getting sick. Much less danger than getting powdered, watered down and tainted with Melamine.
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This is a guide about stretching fresh milk. Sometimes, you have less milk left than you need for a specific recipe or purpose.
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This can be misleading. In our area, a box of store brand powdered milk was nearly $2 more than simply buying the equivelant in regular milk.
Published on: 2004-04-30
Have you heard that the price of milk and other dairy products is going "sky high"? Unlike the high price of gas, we consumers can do something about the price of milk. Just don't buy it! Serve water at more meals.
The other way to save money on milk is to gradually wean your family off of regular milk and get them used to the taste, very gradually, of powdered milk. Start by mixing 1/2 gallon of milk with 1/2 gallon of reconstituted powdered milk and gradually increase the amount of powdered milk until it is 100%. You will have better luck if you do not tell your family what you are doing. Let the powdered milk/regular milk mixture sit overnight for the flavors to blend. Even your pickiest eaters will never know the difference!
Save money on both milk and gas by adjusting to using powdered milk. We were out of milk, and I happened to have some dry milk that had recently been given to me. I mixed up a couple quarts, and to my surprise, my husband and son actually prefer it to the milk I've been buying.
So we won't be making any special trips to a store to buy milk for a while. I have 40 pounds of the milk powder :-)
Kate in NC
I like my milk really, really cold, so I pour it over ice. It does tend to maximize the gallons!
Can also add a few drops of vanilla. It takes away the powdery taste.""
I buy the large size container of milk and when I get home from the store, I pour part of into an empty smaller container that milk had come in but is now empty and saved for this purpose. The milk does not sour as fast as if you are just using one large container and constantly opening and closing it.
We add water to ours. We buy a gallon then dilute it half and half. It tastes cooler than regular milk and half my family likes skin so it went over really well.
Nonfat dry milk is the least expensive way to buy milk. When using it as a beverage, mix it several hours ahead and refrigerate so it can get cold before drinking.
Buy fresh milk in large containers (gallon or 1/2 gallon). These generally cost less than quarts.
Buy fat-free or lowfat milk to cut the amount of fat in your family's meals. Note that children under 2 years of age should be given only whole milk.
Diluting whole milk with 50% water also cuts the nutrition in half. If your family gets enough calcium and Vita D anyway by drinking absolutely glasses and glasses of milk that might be OK, but milk contains important nutrients and diluting it may not be smart. Also, it isn't necessary for kids to have milk at every meal. If they have already consumed an ideal amount of milk daily, there is nothing wrong with drinking water!
here's another way to save $ I make my own evaporated milk and condensed sweetened milk from powdered it's much cheaper then buying the canned stuff.
1/3 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder
6 tablespoons water
1. Mix well.
2. Equivalent of 1/3 cup canned, evaporated milk.
Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 C. nonfat dry milk
2/3 C. sugar (granulated)
1/3 C. boiling water
3 Tbsp. softened butter
Combine dry milk, sugar, water and butter in blender until smooth. Refrigerate until chilled and slightly thick.
*I use my hand blender for this recipe it's much easier.
If you have any friends or know of any in the military our families get special deals as part of a package for sending our husbands to war and paying us less than the outside world. What this means is we get fantastic deals on food at military run grocery stores called Comissary's. If you know of anyone who has a military ID and can access base priveldges you stand to save a HUGE amount of money. I'm talking filet mignon, which I bought today for my husband's coming home after 6 months, for $3.50 for 3 pounds. My milk cost me $1.75 for a gallon. See if you know anyone. Pay them a small commission if necessary, it's well worth it. We don't pay taxes on base.
If you are diluting your milk, you don't have to worry about Vitamin D deficiency if you get five minutes of sun every day. The body synthesizes Vitamin D from this method. Five minutes isn't enough to worry about skin cancer and it is very healthy. If you don't get ANY sun, then you definitely need to supplement your diet with Vitamin D through milk or pills.