Using Powdered Milk

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September 25, 2009

Powdered MilkFor 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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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.


February 18, 2010

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.


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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September 3, 20060 found this helpful

I add it to peanut butter chocolate chip energy bars for extra protein. I based my recipe on a biscotti recipe, aiming for something like a Clif bar. They tend to be a little dry because I keep the oil/butter low, but they're really good for bike trips.


You probably could slip it into brownies, quiche, lasagna, lots of baked things.

By (Guest Post)
September 4, 20060 found this helpful

You can use the powdered milk in any recipes that call for milk. Just mix what you need. You cannot tell the difference when used in cooking. It has a long shelf life, so as long as you keep it in an airtight container, it should keep for sometime.

You might also want to try mixing it half and half with fresh milk. Your family may not be able to tell.

By BK (Guest Post)
September 4, 20062 found this helpful


By MissAshley (Guest Post)
September 5, 20061 found this helpful

Thank you SO very much for the ideas.....I GREATLY appreciate all of you help!:) I would love to have the recipes for the cocoa mix and the energy bars....what great gifts these would make....Thanks a bunch! ~Ashley

By IMAQT1962 (Guest Post)
September 5, 20060 found this helpful


By Twinsand2more (Guest Post)
September 5, 20062 found this helpful

Protein Balls

These small bits of energy are delicious, addicting and good for you!

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup nonfat milk powder
1/2 cup ground flaxseed


1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup crushed cereal, such as Honey Bunches of Oats

One or two of the following:
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup Craisins
1/3 cup sunflower nuts
1/3 cup chocolate chips

Combine peanut butter, milkk powder, flaxseed, honey in a bowl and mix well. Stir in sunflower nuts and Craisins,
2. Roll mixture in small bowls and then roll balls in crushed cereal. Place on waxed paper.
3. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.

Prep time: 15 minutes / Chill time: 1 hour / Makes 16 balls.

September 5, 20060 found this helpful

Go to the USDA web site. They have a whole cook book with powdered milk recipes, including how to make your own margarine!

By Josie (Guest Post)
September 5, 20060 found this helpful

Powdered milk makes the best biscuits! Just add it to the flour. I also like to use it when I make smoothies. I have mixed it with store bought milk, the flavor is better when chilled in the refrigerator.


Here isa recipe that your family may like, especially if you have younger ones. They may enjoy making their own Tootsie Rolls!

Tootsie Rolls
2 tablespoons butter, softened (or margarine)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup dry milk powder
1/2 cup white corn syrup

Mix all ingredients together. Knead like you would for bread. Roll into rope shapes and cut into desired lengths. If too soft, add more powdered milk or cocoa powder and adjust to your taste.

By (Guest Post)
September 5, 20060 found this helpful

Make Peanut butter play doh!
If nobody is allergic to nuts here is a great recipe!


2 c. peanut butter
2 c. powdered milk
1 c. honey, or corn syrup

Mix all together. Give your child a cookie sheet and play-doh and watch the fun begin! Kids can knead it and make sculptures out of it and then eat it, too!

September 5, 20060 found this helpful

Look on this site. Some of the recipes look great. Even Cheesecake!

September 5, 20060 found this helpful

We really like this recipe which uses powdered milk:

Homemade Cottage Cheese

4 cups powdered milk
1 cup buttermilk
3 quarts warm water

Mix well. Using the same container you will be putting on the stove. Sour milk until well clabbored ( about 4 days). Put container over VERY LOW heat until warm ( just hot enough to prevent you from keeping your finger in it, but DO NOT BOIL.


Cut curds into quarters and flip over with a spoon. Let set in the whey with the heat off for 1/2 hour or longer. Drain in colander with a cheese cloth spread over colander first. Let sit to drain well. This can be used in any regular recipe calling for dry cottage cheese. We also like it mixed with cream, cut-up onion, salt and pepper--all to taste.

By chml (Guest Post)
September 5, 20060 found this helpful


When I am able to get powdered milk cheap, I mix it with coffee creamer, half and half, I pour an amount equal to one empty container of creamer, and add an equal amount of creamer then mix. I usually do this on newspaper or wax paper to funnel it back in and mark the container that they are mixed in.


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September 5, 20060 found this helpful

You could use it to make a copycat recipe for Eagle Brand Condensed Milk. You can find recipes to use this by going to Google and typing in Eagle Brand Recipes...


Condensed Milk (Like Eagle Brand)

In your blender, mix together 2 1/4 cups milk powder, 1/4 cup warm water, &
3/4 cup granulated sugar until well blended. Pour into container, cover and
refrigerate until thick. Makes 1 1/3 cup which is equal to 1 can of Eagle
Brand Condensed Milk.
Harlean from Arkansas

September 6, 20060 found this helpful

Oh, WOW~Thank you SO much for all of the ideas and sites!:) I really appreciate this and look forward to making alot of the recipes. ~Ashley

September 6, 20060 found this helpful

Here is another good link.

By Linda (Guest Post)
September 6, 20060 found this helpful

Add to anything that calls for liquid milk-In cooked or baked goods the family won't know the difference if you don't tell them. Add to mac and cheese, scr. eggs, meatloaf, cakes, etc for extra nutrition.


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September 6, 20060 found this helpful

Hot Cocoa Mix
1 (8-quart) box instant powdered milk
1 (16 ounce) jar nondairy creamer
1 (2 pound) box Nestle's Quik®
1 (1 pound) box confectioners' sugar

Sift sugar and mix together. Add 2 cups miniature marshmallows, if desired.

To use, fill a mug half full of mix. Add boiling water.

By (Guest Post)
September 7, 20060 found this helpful

Use for Jello inst. pudding.
2 cups water
2/3 cup powdered milk
1 pkg. inst. pudding mix

By Becki in Indiana (Guest Post)
September 7, 20060 found this helpful

When you make mashed potatoes (not instant, but the real thing), you usually drain off the water, and then add milk. Instead of tossing the water, mix it (you may not need all of it) with the powdered milk instead of using liquid milk to mash the potatoes with. More nutrients this way, too!

By katluvsbears (Guest Post)
September 10, 20060 found this helpful

you could save it for power outages. we discovered this when a tree fell across our road and took out 2 telephone poles. no electric/no way out for 3 days. but we could eat bowls of cereal by mixing powder milk.

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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 1, 20070 found this helpful

I use this alot. I use 1/3 cup of powdered for a cup of milk. So If I mix it up with water, I mix in 2/3 cup of water with 1/3 cup of powdered milk. I think this is very worth it.

By woofey (Guest Post)
August 1, 20070 found this helpful

If you do not like the taste of powdered milk try mixing it half and half with regular milk. Question, how much is a gallon of milk in Ca?

By Diaa (Guest Post)
August 1, 20070 found this helpful

When my children were young and it was expensive to have milk for growing children-I would make a gallon of powdered milk and then mix it with a gallon of whole milk--and would end up with 2 gallons of milk--it tasted much better than straight powdered milk..and if you do this when the children are not around they usually don't even no the difference..


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August 1, 20070 found this helpful

Shop around, many 7-11's & other convenience stores still sell regular milk for only $2 per gallon. (just to get you in the store) I just bought a gallon of whole milk yesterday for $2 at Fred Meyer's. (in Washington State on 7-31-07)

My daughter buys all organic milk for her 4 year old because she doesn't want her daughter to grow early breasts from the added milk hormones! My mother told me recently that milk will be going up so high that to buy organic might be less expensive. It's because they are using the corn & grain that would normally go to feed the milk cows to make "Flex-Fuel" for cars, or as we called it back in the 70's, "Gasohol." This bumps the price of milk & meat up through the roof... According to the news people, as far as milk prices go, "We haven't seen nothin' Yet!"
Maybe we should quit paying the farmers NOT to grow & start paying them TO grow corn again instead of importing it from China like we do now!?

---> Back in the 70's my ex mother-in-law used to mix half whole milk & half powered nonfat milk together to make 2%... & it tasted great! ... But these days it can be much cheeper to just buy fresh milk if you can get it for only $2 per gallon. Am I wrong? Is it still less expensive to buy powered milk?

August 1, 20070 found this helpful

But how many cups can you make with a pound?

Editor's Note You may want to weigh it to be sure but here's what I found online:

Dry Whole Milk Powder
Ounces per Cup= 4.5
Cups per Pound= 3.56

Dry Non-Fat Milk Powder
Ounces per Cup= 4.25
Cups per Pound= 3.76

Milk, Non-fat, Powdered
Ounces per Cup= 5.45
Cups per Pound= 2.9


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August 1, 20070 found this helpful

milk here in midwest, Columbia Missouri WalMart
was $4.63 a gallon last week

By Tiffany - OK (Guest Post)
August 2, 20070 found this helpful

I purchased the name brand powdered milk at WalMart for $11.33, 80 1 cup servings. I figured it's about $.14 per cup. Milk is about $3.80 for 16 1 cup servings, about $.23 per. Just make sure powdered milk is made the night before so that it can get really cold.

By Michele (Guest Post)
August 2, 20070 found this helpful

Here in Western Kentucky milk for 2% at Walmart (Walmart brand) is $3.60. I was getting 2% at our local grocery for $2.99 for the longest time, now it's the same price as Walmart. As far as powered milk, a small box at Walmart is over $7! And I think I calculated that it only made 1 gal. I have tried to do the powered milk here with it plain and mixed with 2% one would drink it! So to me it was a waste. We have cut down on purchasing milk quiet a bit since it has gone up in price.

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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November 27, 2004

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-



By CHML (Guest Post)
November 27, 20040 found this helpful

I'm a diabetic and love coffee creamer. Coffee creamer is full of sugar products. I tried pure dried milk first but it clumped, then I tried cutting it with half of each, then I tried about one forth creamer and three forths dried milk. That works very well. I fill up extra bottles when I make a batch. I figure I can use a lot in my coffee and not feel guilty, and I'm getting calcium more now since I don't drink milk.
I know this isn't a Christmas hint but thought you might like it since you have so much.
When I ran out I ended up buying more at Sam's Club, that was the cheapest I could get.

By Debra in Colorado (Guest Post)
November 27, 20040 found this helpful

Check out the achives on this website as thier are some great bath salt recipes using dried milk. Milk leaves the skin feeling soft and silky and if you add a few drops of chocolate essential oil it is like taking a bath in chocolate.

November 28, 20040 found this helpful

Most bread machine recipes use dried milk. My guess is that recipients with bread machines would enjoy ready to go bread mixes

By Jill (Guest Post)
November 28, 20040 found this helpful

I'm sorry I cant remember where I saw this recipe, so I don't have the measurements, but you can mix it with powdered cheese (at most groceries in bulk), to make a mac-n-cheese sauce, or possibly with parmesean to make a white sauce.

By Natasha (Guest Post)
November 28, 20040 found this helpful

A short search on google for "jar recipes" or "jar gifts" brings you tons of sites that have delicious drinks for Chrsitmas gift giving. I made some this year that were great! (of course I had to sample them first) ;)

By Guest (Guest Post)
November 29, 20040 found this helpful

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

December 6, 20040 found this helpful

There are homemade soap recipes that use dried milk also.

December 10, 20042 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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March 4, 2019

How do I process it? I have to keep it frozen and now am unable to get it to completely dissolve in order to drink it.

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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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January 1, 2007

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

Ellen from CA


By Ragteller (Guest Post)
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.

By Joey (Guest Post)
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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February 3, 2017

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 page about save money using powdered milk.

Powdered Milk

February 2, 2017

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

A bottle of fresh milk.

August 21, 2011

This is a page 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.

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


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