Friday, July 11, 2008

Cry Over Spilled Milk

Because that stuff's getting expensive!

The cost of one gallon of Safeway Lucerne 2% Reduced Fat Milk clocks in at a whopping $3.99 here in Southern Cali. So what can you do to ease this cost burden a bit? Switch to powdered milk. OK, so you're probably picturing yourself waking up in the morning and pouring you cereal and chocking it down with some powered stuff sprinked on it. It doesn't work like that. Following the directions on the container, you typically mix water with powered milk. Reconstituted, powdered milk tastes very similar to skim milk, and you can find whole dry milk though it is rare.

So you get some dry milk, mix it up and then want to kill me because it tastes chalky and weird. Stick with me readers and read these tips from Hillbilly House Wife:

  • Fill your pitcher or container with half the amount of water you will be using. Measure in the appropriate amount of dry milk powder. Stir to dissolve. Fill the pitcher with the balance of the water called for above. Stir again and chill.

  • Use cool water when possible. The powder tends to dissolve more readily in cool water.

  • Stir the milk a lot, to dissolve the milk powder. Then let the milk sit for a little while and stir again. The protein in the milk powder blends most easily if it gets a chance to stand after mixing.

  • Chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.

  • Add flavor by dropping one or two drips of vanilla to improve the flavor. You can also add a spoonful or two of sugar for the same purpose.

You can even use it in baking with no detectable difference.

Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 c. instant nonfat dry milk solids

2/3 c. sugar

1/3 c. boiling water

3T. melted margarine

Combine all ingredients in blender. Process until smooth. Store in refridgerator until ready to use. Yield: 1 1/4 cups for $.60


Use only half of the required water

Instant Hot Cocoa Mix

1/3 c. dry milk

1 t. sugar

1 t. cocoa

1 c water

Heat in mircowave for two minutes

Not ready to switch to full dry milk consumption? You can stretch your gallon by using half milk half dry milk (with water).


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