When I was a child the thought of drinking powdered milk sent chills up my spine. I couldn’t stand the stuff, and always knew when my mom made powdered milk in “real” milk jug. Now that I am older and wiser (I hope) I see the wisdom in my mother’s ways. Even as I type this my oldest daughter is telling me how powdered milk tastes weird, and she only likes it on cereal. I find the fact that she likes it on cereal to be a small victory!
I did some quick calculations and found that powdered milk costs approximately $2 a gallon. Depending on where you live and how much you are paying for milk that could be a savings of up to $3 a gallon for milk. When cooking, I always use powdered milk. Depending on the recipe, sometimes I put the powder and the water with the other ingredients, but other times I premix the milk. When we are running low on milk I will also make powdered milk and mix it with the milk I have on hand to stretch it for another day. We also use pre-made powdered milk in our smoothies and do not notice a taste difference.
One secret to making powdered milk taste better is to mix it in a blender on low. If you mix it on high it becomes way too foamy. Then refrigerate the milk overnight. This does make the milk taste better, I promise. Remember that powdered milk is fat free milk, so it will never have that creamy whole milk taste.
I encourage any skeptics to give powdered milk a try, if nothing else, use it for cooking and you won’t notice any difference at all.
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