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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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) ;)

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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.

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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, 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

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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.

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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.

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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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September 25, 2009

Money is tight and milk is expensive! I have started using powdered milk in all of my recipes.

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