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Everyday Uses for Dry Milk

Everyday Uses for Dry Milk


           Dry milk is one of the most versatile and nutritious pantry basics a cook can have on hand. Nonfat dry milk has the same nutrient value as skim milk. It is a good source of protein, vitamins A and D plus calcium and essential fats. While dry milk has a long shelf life, be sure to store it in a cool place in an airtight container. Unsealed nonfat dry milk keeps for a few months. Because of its fat content, dry whole milk can be stored for only a few weeks.

          When dry milk is added to water, fluid skim milk is formed. To make 1 cup of milk, add 3 tablespoons of dry milk to 1 cup of water. Beat the powder and water together with a mixer on low speed or use a wire whisk to mix until the liquid has no lumps. For best quality, refrigerate overnight. If you do not mind the added calories, you may add a spoonful of sugar and a drop of two of vanilla to enhance the flavor.

           When you add dry milk to a recipe, you also are adding valuable nutrients such as protein and calcium. You can use dry milk in meat loaf, hamburgers, etc. Use ¼ to ½ cup of dry milk per pound of meat. Try adding dry milk to mashed potatoes for a flavor and nutrition boost.  Mash cooked potatoes, add ¼ cup dry milk for each cup of potatoes and then add the cooking water from the potatoes to reach the desired consistency.

          To get a little extra protein and calcium in your diet, try adding reconstituted milk when making hot cereal, hot chocolate, milk shakes or white sauces.

          Pack dry milk when you are on the go. If you are planning a camping/backpacking adventure and want to bring milk along but don’t have a frig to store it in, consider packing dry milk along with your camping supplies. Dry milk is lightweight, doesn’t spoil and is easy to pack.

          Making your own master mix save you time and money. This Milk Master Mix combines nonfat dry milk with other common ingredients.


Milk Master Mix

4 C. nonfat dry milk powder

1 c. flour

1 tsp iodized salt.

           In a storage container, with a tight lid, combine dry milk, flour and salt. Cover and store in a cool place. Stir before measuring for a recipe.


Master Mix Cream of Tomato Soup

1 C. Milk Master Mix

1 qt. reduced –sodium tomato juice

½ tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

½ tsp sugar (optional)

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce (optimal)


          Mix all ingredients together in a large cooking pan. Cook the soup over moderate heat until it is smooth and thick.  Stir often.

          Makes four servings. Per serving: 150 calories, 28 g carbohydrate, 0 g fat, 1 g fiber and 570 mg sodium.

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