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Stretch Your Milk Budget

During June, National Dairy Month, enjoy some dairy products, such as low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese. Dairy products are some of our best sources of calcium and many are fortified with vitamin D, which helps build strong bones and teeth.

Did you know you can stretch your food budget by using nonfat dry milk?

Be sure to choose instant nonfat dry milk fortified with vitamins A and D. Nutritionally, 1 cup of reconstituted dry milk has about the same calories and other nutrients as 1 cup of nonfat fluid milk.

Buy the amount you will use within a reasonable amount of time. Store nonfat dry milk in a cool, dry place, and use it within the “best if used by” date on the package. Prepare only as much as you need by adding water to reconstitute it so it takes up less refrigerator space and stays  fresher. Nonfat dry milk and water can be substituted for fluid milk as a beverage, or it can be used in place of milk in recipes.

How to Reconstitute Instant Nonfat Dry Milk (NDM)

To make this much fluid milk:
Combine this amount of NDM:
With this amount of water:
1/4 cup
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon
1/4 cup
1/3 cup
2 tablespoons
 1/3 cup
1/2 cup
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons
 1/2 cup
1 cup
1/3 cup
 1 cup
1 quart
1 1/3 cup
 1 quart (4 cups)

When preparing NDM, remember these safety tips:

  • Use a container, measuring cup and spoon that have been washed with hot, soapy water.
  • Mix well and store in the refrigerator. 
  • Use within two days for best flavor.

Tips to Use NDM
These are some ways to use reconstituted NDM in place of fluid milk:

  • Casseroles, cream soups and stews
  • Cocoa
  • Pudding*
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Smoothies
  • Homemade breads, muffins, pancakes, waffles*
  • Mashed potatoes

* Add the NDM to the dry ingredients, then add the appropriate amount of water.


Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

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