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How Do I Use Powdered Milk?

Powdered milk is a versatile staple. To reconstitute, mix with water according to package instructions for a milk substitute. It's also perfect for cooking, adding richness to soups, sauces, and baked goods without the need for fresh milk. Curious about creative ways to integrate powdered milk into your recipes? Let's explore the possibilities together in the next section.
Christina Edwards
Christina Edwards

Powdered milk can be mixed with water to create liquid milk. Some individuals choose to add other ingredients to sweeten the milk. Dry milk can also be used to create whole milk, buttermilk, and evaporated milk for baking. It can also be added to coffee, tea, or hot cereal.

One of the most obvious things that many individuals use powdered milk for is to make regular skim milk. To do this, the powder must be mixed with water. Usually, one-third of a cup (80 milliliters) of powder to about 1 cup of water. To make a larger batch, a little more than 5 cups (1,200 milliliters) of powdered milk can be added to 1 cup of water.

Powdered milk.
Powdered milk.

When making milk this way, it is important to get all the lumps out of the liquid. Stirring the liquid for a time should work for this. If it doesn't, a whisk may be necessary. Shaking the water and powdered milk in a securely closed container can also help blend the two together.

Some individuals do not enjoy the taste of powdered milk after it has been mixed with water. Sweeteners, including a dash of sugar, can be added to improve the taste. To make vanilla milk, a splash of vanilla extract can be added as well.

A measuring cup can be used to measure powdered milk.
A measuring cup can be used to measure powdered milk.

Skim milk will often not work in many recipes, since it is low in fat. Whole milk should be used instead, and this can be made from powdered milk as well. To make whole milk, milk powder and water are mixed together to create regular skim milk. A splash of fat, like oil or melted butter, is then added to the milk and it is stirred well.

Buttermilk can also be made from powdered milk. A tablespoon (15 milliliters) of vinegar or lemon juice should first be added to a 1 cup (240 milliliter) measuring cup. The liquid milk can then be added to the cup until it reaches the 1 cup (240 milliliter) point. This homemade buttermilk should then be allowed to sit few a few minutes before being used.

Making evaporated milk from powdered milk is also quite simple. Much less water is usually needed, though. Equal parts of water and powdered milk will usually make a decent evaporated milk for baking.

Powdered milk can also be used as a coffee or tea creamer in a pinch. To do this, a spoonful of the powder is stirred into a cup of hot coffee or tea. Also, adding this powder to a bowl of oatmeal will usually make this hot cereal creamier.

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Discussion Comments


I like to use powdered milk as part of a dredge for breading fried foods. Instead of dipping the meat or vegetable into liquid milk and then into flour, I will sometimes dip it into powdered milk first, then into an egg wash, then into the flour or breadcrumbs. I think it adds a layer of creaminess to the finished product.

The other thing I'll do with powdered milk is create emergency meals for the homeless. I'll buy a can of dry diet shake mix, some powdered milk and resealable plastic baggies. I'll measure one scoop of the diet powder and two scoops of the powdered milk into the baggy and seal it. I will later place the baggies into disposable cups along with a plastic spoon.

The recipients can decide when they want to have a nutritious replacement meal by mixing fresh water with the powder mix in a cup. It may not sound appealing, but the emergency meal does contain essential vitamins and minerals.

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    • Powdered milk.
      By: Kondor83
      Powdered milk.
    • A measuring cup can be used to measure powdered milk.
      By: GraphicHead
      A measuring cup can be used to measure powdered milk.
    • Powdered milk may be added to coffee.
      By: amenic181
      Powdered milk may be added to coffee.
    • Fresh cow's milk is thicker and creamier than powdered milk.
      By: efired
      Fresh cow's milk is thicker and creamier than powdered milk.
    • Powdered milk may be added to hot tea.
      By: Warren Goldswain
      Powdered milk may be added to hot tea.