Why should I store Powdered Milk?
So what are you supposed to do with all that milk? Well you could drink it, but there are a lot of other uses for it as well. Here are a few more ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
In the Kitchen:
Milk – Obviously…If you want a creamier milk increase the powder to water ratio. You can use this in condensed soup, to make cream based soups, or to rehydrate potato pearls/flakes.
Yogurt – Here is a link to another great blog with instructions on how to make Homemade Yogurt. You will need a culture that is contained in store bought yogurt, or in a previous batch of homemade yogurt to begin the process.
Cheese – Make your own ricotta cheese. It’s not too difficult, but it does take time. You will end up with about the same amount of cheese as the amount of powdered milk you begin with. Use a 1 part powder to 2 parts water ratio.
- Mix together the powdered milk and water in a big pot until all the milk is thoroughly dissolved.
- Keep a thermometer nearby. Stir the milk over medium-low heat until it reaches 180º.
- Stir in 1/4 cup vinegar or lemon juice, mixing well.
- Turn off the heat, cover with a clean kitchen cloth, and let it sit for a few hours until it’s cool. When it is completely cool, a solid curd will separate from the remaining whey.
- Spoon the curds with a slotted spoon into cheesecloth-covered colander to drain. After it drains completely, pick up the edges of the cheesecloth and squeeze the remaining whey out of the curds for really dense cheese, or skip the final squeeze for a moister cheese.
- Store your fresh cheese in the refrigerator.
Sweeten Corn – Add a few spoonfuls of powdered milk to the boiling water with the corn. It will sweeten the corn as it cooks.
Bread – A lot of bread recipes call for milk. Sub powdered milk for regular milk. You will never know the difference. One of my favorite recipes, Easy Cheesy Garlic Biscuits, calls for milk.
In the medicine Cabinet:
Sunburn Cream – Same idea as above. Add a bit more water than when making a paste for a bug bite so it will spread over a sunburn more easily.
Moisturizing Face Mask – Mix ¼ cup powdered milk, with ¼ cup water, and a tablespoon granulated sugar for a moisturizer sugar face mask. Spread over your cute face and let dry. Rinse off and viola, an expensive spa hack at home, or at camp.
I’ve heard you can paint your walls with powdered milk, although I haven’t tried this one. Mix powder and water to the consistency of paint, then brush on. If any of you try this, please post with pictures in the comments below.
Here are a few links where you can order powdered milk in bulk. After all, with all these ideas you’ll need more than that tiny box from the grocery store.
Have fun discovering all the many uses of powdered milk.