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Powdered Milk to the Rescue

Powdered Milk to the Rescue 10/13/17After breakfast at my house last Wednesday morning, the milk jug was empty.  When I came home after work that day, I forgot to stop at the grocery store to get milk, so my husband and I had supper that night without any milk.  I made a mental note to be sure to stop at the grocery store to get some milk on my way home on Thursday.

Thursday morning before I left for work I was preparing a slow cooker recipe for chicken and dressing.  Guess what ingredient I didn’t have.  Right.  Milk.

No need to panic.  I just grabbed the nonfat dry milk that was in my pantry, reconstituted the amount I needed, and went on with the recipe.  The chicken and dressing was ready and waiting in the slow cooker when supper-time rolled around at the end of the day.  Nonfat dry milk had come to the rescue!

Nonfat dry milk has the same nutrient value as skim milk. Dry milk is versatile and has a long shelf life. It is a good source of protein, vitamins A and D, calcium and essential fats. It is easy to store; just keep it in a cool place in an airtight container. Unsealed nonfat dry milk keeps for a few months.  Dry whole milk, however, can be stored for only a few weeks because of its fat content. 

Common, everyday uses for nonfat dry milk include:
                -  Reconstituting it to use as fluid skim milk,
                -  Using it as is in recipes, and
                -  Taking it along on trips and outings when you won’t have refrigeration

The secret to good flavor when using reconstituted nonfat dry milk as fluid milk is to serve it thoroughly chilled, and to add a small amount of sugar and vanilla to it. 

Using nonfat dry milk in recipes boosts the protein and calcium content of those recipes.  For hamburgers and meatloaf, add ¼ to ½ cup of nonfat dry milk to each pound of meat. When making mashed potatoes, cook and mash the potatoes, then add ¼ cup dry milk for each cup of potatoes, plus some of the cooking water from the potatoes to reach the desired consistency.

Adding nonfat dry milk to hot cocoa, hot cereal, milk shakes, and white sauces makes them extra creamy, as well as higher in protein and calcium.  

For more ideas and a Dry Milk Master Mix recipe that can be used to make homemade cream of tomato soup as well as vanilla, chocolate and butterscotch pudding, go online to https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/yf/foods/fn1713.pdf or contact the NDSU Extension office in your county to request a copy of the publication, “4 Everyday Uses of Dry Milk.  “

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