WHAT IS POWDERED MILK?
Powder milk is made from fresh, pasteurized skim milk. First, the milk is concentrated in an evaporator until 50% of the milk solids remain. Next, the concentrated milk is sprayed into a heated chamber where the water almost instantly evaporates, leaving behind tiny dry milk particles.
WHY SHOULD I HAVE REAL POWDER MILK IN MY FOOD STORAGE?
Did you know that plenty of companies sell a powder milk that isn’t REAL milk? Some companies call it a “milk alternative” some don’t even try and label it anything different. So how can you know if your powdered milk is for real? Look at the ingredients.
- Powder Milk Ingredients are:
Nonfat Dry Milk, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D3
- Milk Alternative Ingredients are:
Made from sweet dairy whey, non-fat dry milk solids, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (contains one or more of the following:canola oil and/or soya oil), corn syrup solids, sodium caseinate, dipotassium phosphate, propylene glycol monostearate, mono and diglycerides, lecithin, carrageenan, Vitamin A, Vitamin D.
You’ll see the milk alternative has plenty of other ingredients including shortening and high fructose syrup. It’s like the difference between Tang and Orange Juice. One is a orange FLAVORED drink and one is the actual JUICE from an orange. The milk alternative is not as nutritious (the reason we store milk is for the great nutritional qualities of milk-not to have something that tastes good on our cereal). It also will effect your baking. It doesn’t have the vital milk caseine protein which is vital in some cooking, plus it has that extra shortening involved which may change some of what you are making.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INSTANT AND NON-INSTANT POWDERED MILK?
Think of it like buying popcorn already popped (that you can eat instantly) or popcorn kernels (which require more work to get ready to eat). Instant milk IS non-instant milk that has been puffed with air which makes it mix into water easier. In fact, you could just drop it in water and it would dissolve instantly. Non-instant milk requires more stirring and chilling before it can be served as milk. Price wise, non-instant milk is a better bang for your buck because you can fit more of it in a can and use less in your cooking.
WHERE SHOULD I STORE MY POWDERED MILK?
In a cool dry area. The powder does not need to be refrigerated after the can is opened. Once you add water to it, you will need to store it in the fridge. It will store for 4-5 days in your fridge.
HOW MUCH POWDERED MILK SHOULD I HAVE IN MY ONE YEAR SUPPLY OF FOOD STORAGE?
According to a U.S. government study on maintaining nutritional adequacy during periods of food shortage, you should store 16 pounds of non-instant (or 32 pounds of instant) powdered milk for each family member per year. The 16 pounds, or 64 quarts, is a minimum suggestion and equates to one small (5-6 ounce) glass of milk per day for one family member. Small children and nursing mothers will need more milk. Remember the 16 pounds is a bare minimum-most families should store more than that.
WHERE CAN I PURCHASE POWDERED MILK
You can purchase it at any grocery store-although, if you buy it in the small boxes it will cost you a fortune! The only place to purchase the non-instant powdered milk at a decent price is from the LDS Cannery. Unfortunately, they don’t sell this online so it requires you going in and purchasing and canning yourself. (This type of milk is by far the cheapest and the type I use!)
If you don’t have access to an LDS Cannery, there are plenty of places that sell INSTANT powdered milk already canned. (If you’re in Utah you can shop at Maceys or Wal-Mart as well) This will cost a little more but also, some people like the taste better. Make sure when you are buying powdered milk online that it is REAL milk and not a milk alternative. Not all companies will label it as a milk alternative-look at the ingredients to be sure!
- Shelf Reliance (click for current pricing)
- Augason Farms (click for current pricing)
- Emergency Essentials (click for current pricing)
HOW DO I USE POWDERED MILK?
It’s simple really, you can mix it up and drink it! In your baking or cooking, you can simply add the dry milk powder with the dry ingredients and the water necessary to hydrate it in with the wet ingredients. You can download my milk conversion chart HERE it will help you do the math when using non-instant powdered milk.
- If you want a ready reference for using powdered milk your kitchen, check out my food storage conversion charts. They will help you with powdered eggs, powdered milk, and magic mix.