Stretching out your fresh milk with powdered milk

Monday, November 3, 2008 1:24
Posted in category Cooking, Grocery shopping

This is one of those tips you probably won’t want your family (especially your kids!) to know about, because even though they might not taste the difference, many will complain once they know!  It also won’t “taste” powdered milk, like it can when it is 100% powdered milk.

First, you need 1 gallon of fresh milk and 1 empty gallon milk jug that you have washed out thoroughly.  Divide the gallon of milk into the second empty container, so each container has 1/2 gallon of milk.  Then mix up 1 gallon of powdered milk according to the instructions, making sure you stir really well, then add 1/2 gallon each to the milk jugs.

You will now have two milk jugs that are filled with 1/2 fresh milk and half powdered milk.  If the date on the outside of the second milk jug you used have an expired date on it, you can gently scrub it off with soap and water.  Kids usually don’t think to check the expiry date on a jug of milk, but they might notice it if it is sitting near the top in an obvious place, and a jug of milk with a two month old expiry date is a dead giveaway!

Also, if you tend to use a lot of milk in cooking, you might want to keep a small jug of all powdered milk in the fridge and use that in your cooking instead.  When it is mixed in with many other ingredients, it won’t be noticeable at all, and you’ll save money when you use powdered instead of fresh milk.

Also, there are several different brands of powdered milk, so you might want to try a couple of different brands until you find one you prefer.  And don’t worry, powdered milk has come a LONG way since the powdered milk you probably remember as a child!

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3 Responses to “Stretching out your fresh milk with powdered milk”

  1. Kate says:

    November 3rd, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    I have done this before, then my grocery store switched brands of powdered milk (or maybe the company doens’t make it anymore?), and I thought the new stuff gave the milk this weird chemically taste. Can anyone recommend a good brand of powdered milk for doing this?

  2. MomsBudget says:

    November 3rd, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Nido is one brand I have heard mentioned, since it is specially formulated for kids in various age groups, including age 6+ – it is made by Nestle which might make it easier for people to find. Any other brands people can recommend?

  3. Vicki says:

    May 21st, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I found that the walmart brand of powdered milk takes just like regular milk.