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For the first week of March, our target item is....Powdered Milk. This is a surprisingly versatile product that is often overlooked or misunderstood. Some people won't even consider trying it, but may have it in their storage only because they feel that they are supposed to. So, during this week I plan to show different ways to use this powerful food storage staple.
For this post, I will show you one way to mix Non-Fat Powdered Milk. Most directions call for using warm or hot water to mix the Non-Fat Powdered Milk (Not Instant Powdered Milk...there is a difference).
I learned this method from a wise lady who taught a class at a Relief Society Homemaking Meeting. I only went to this class because I wondered if anyone else would attend, and I didn't want this sister to have prepared for this class without having a good turn-out. However, I was the lucky recipient...and have used her information over and over again. This method I will be showing you was shown me by Sister Iverson......a very smart "chick".
You can choose how to do this step. I choose to put it in a milk carton.....because people around here tend to get a bit dramatic about certain things. Use a funnel and pour it into your container. Sometimes you get a few chunks of "ice-milk" after blending. When this occurs, use the handle of a fork or spoon and help move it through your funnel. Just poking it a couple of times usually does the trick. You will hear little pieces of ice hitting the sides and bottom of the container. This is so very important. It is the key to making this work.
Set your container into the refrigerator overnight. The ice will have melted and the milk will be...Ice Cold. That is the secret to making powdered milk. It has to be ice-cold to be enjoyed.
What about the flavor? Believe it or not....it isn't as strong as you might expect. Actually, I made this kind of milk for 3 weeks before confessing to my children that I had done it. Here are some things you can do to transition to drinking powdered milk:
Mix one quart at a time and pour it into your milk jug with 3 other quarts of fresh milk. After a week or so, up the amount to 2 quarts in your gallon jug. After 1 more week, then put in 3 and after an additional week, you most likely will have transitioned well.
- Some suggest putting in between a pinch all the way up to 2 tsp of sugar.
- Others suggest putting in a few drops of vanilla.
Why would I ever do this? There are several reasons:
- Cost: (Simplyprepared.com reports that it costs $1.23 for a gallon of Milk made from Non-Fat Milk Powder)
- To use in your baking
- And, just being prepared
It is simple enough to do, give it a try!