Monday, November 7, 2011

Powdered Milk

There are so many uses for powdered milk.  It is a definite in our household to keep it on hand. I put it in a container and keep it stored in the freezer (not sure why...just do).  Then, I scoop out as much as I need.  Here are some ideas on what to use powdered milk for:

  1. Make milk.  :D  That was easy.  Use it in cereal, mashed potatoes, recipes, etc...
  2. When I don't have raw milk on hand, I use powdered milk to make yogurt.
  3. Make whipped topping with equal parts of powdered milk and ice water.  Beat in a little sugar and vanilla.  Put it on top of your favorite pie. 
  4. Evaporated milk can be made rather than bought...especially if you forgot to buy it, it comes in handy.  1/3 cup powdered milk with 1/2 cup water.
  5. Sour cream can be made with 1/3 cup powdered milk and 3/4 cup yogurt.  Add 1 tsp cornstarch to stabilize it if you plan on using it in cooking.
  6. Replace a 13 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk with 1/3 cup powdered milk and 1/2 cup of water.  Microwave until hot and add 1/2 cup of sugar.  Just be sure to refrigerate for a few hours before using. 
  7. Instant hot cocoa for those winter months can be made with equal parts of cocoa, powdered milk, and sugar.  Microwave a cup of water till hot and stir in.  Top with marshmallows or a dash of cinnamon to suit your tastes.
  8. Make your own curds and whey like Little Miss Muffet.  Boil 1 part powdered milk and 2 parts water.  Remove from heat and pour in vinegar (1 Tbsp per 1 cup of water), stirring slightly.  Let sit and watch it separate.  You should have a clear liquid and curds.  If it is still a little milky, add a small amount of vinegar and let sit again.
  9. Continue with the curds to make ricotta cheese by straining the curds through a cheese cloth.  Retain the curds and blend until smooth.
  10. You can take it a step further and make cottage cheese by adding some yogurt or evaporated milk to the blended curds. 
  11. Soak fish in milk before cooking to make it plump and taste fresher.
  12. Make a face mask with a paste of powdered milk and water.  Spread it on your face and let it dry before cleansing it off.  Your face will feel smoother. 
  13. Equal parts of powdered milk and water with a dash of salt to make a paste can take the itch out of insect bites.
  14. Make some milk to ease sunburn.


  1. What brand of powdered milk do you buy ? Does it taste as good as store bought milk already made ?
    I think it's a good idea to keep powdered milk on hand just in case you run out of milk and need some in a recipe....very interesting.....I may have to get some.....thanks for the info.....

  2. Mona, I just buy whatever is cheaper to be honest and then pour it into a large tupperware container to store in the freezer (not necessary but my preference).
    I mix it and pop it in the fridge for an hour before using so it gets nice and cold. It tastes just like milk.