Top 10 Ways to Use Powdered Milk



Top 10 Ways to Use Powdered Milk

I stock up on a lot of powdered milk. Not for drinking but to use in cooking and baking. Even my kids don’t drink milk straight too much anymore and if I ever needed milk in the apocalypse, there are plenty of farmers around me who provide raw milk.

Powdered milk can be use in just about any recipe that you’d use fresh milk for. You might be surprised to see what it can be used for.

Making cheese from powdered milk
Making cheese from powdered milk

Here’s a general guideline to use powdered milk in place of fresh milk:

  • 1/2 cup milk = 2 tbs powdered milk and 1/2 cup water
  • 2/3 cup milk = 2 tbs powdered milk and 2/3 cup water
  • 3/4 cup milk = 3 tbs powdered milk and 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup milk = 1/4 cup powdered milk and 1 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cup milk = 1/3 cup powdered milk and 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/3 cup milk = 1/3 cup plus 1 tbs powdered milk and 1 1/3 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cup milk = 1/2 cup powdered milk and 1 1/2 cup water

What are the best brands of powdered milk?

Because we don’t drink it, we’re really not picky. If it’s powdered milk, it’ll work for baking or cooking needs. I usually buy Walmart brand, Judee’s, Hoosier and Anthony’s but there are plenty of companies that sell powdered milk.

How long will powdered milk last?

Non-fat powdered milk can last up to 10 years when stored in mylar bag with oxygen absorber.

Whole fat powdered milk typically lasts 5-10 years, depending on whether it’s stored in ideal temps. Best to store in mylar bag with oxygen absorber.

Making butter from powdered milk
Making butter from powdered milk

There are so many ways to use powdered milk, but here are the top 10 ways to use it:

  1. Mac and cheese
  2. Yogurt
  3. White pasta sauce
  4. Butter
  5. Coffee creamer
  6. Cheese
  7. Hot chocolate mix
  8. Dry pudding mix
  9. Sweetened and evaporated milk
  10. Buttermilk

You can use powdered milk in any recipe that calls for milk. This includes baking recipes and any and all cooking recipes. Some like to simply drop the powdered milk into the baking recipe before reconstituting it and simply add a bit more water, but I prefer to always reconstitute the powdered milk first before using in any recipe.

You can use non-fat or whole powdered milk for any of these recipes. I’ve used non-fat milk to make a basic cheese and it turned out great! Of course, if you use whole milk, it’ll provide more fat and will come out a little bit richer, but the non-fat worked just fine.

A popular way of using powdered milk is to combine it to be used later on the trail or while camping. For instance, I’ll combine my bannock bread ingredients into a ziploc before leaving and take that on my adventure then just add water when I get out there to make the dough. You can do this with mac and cheese or just about anything else that can start as powder ingredients and needs milk.

I hope this has been helpful and taken some of the stigma away that powdered milk tends to have because it ‘tastes bad’. When combined in just about any recipe, it’s just regular ol’ milk. Enjoy!

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Morgan writes for OutdoorHub while also being the founder of Rogue Preparedness where she helps people get prepared for emergencies and disasters, as well as thrive any circumstances.

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