A Milk Mustache, No Matter the Moment

May 10, 2010

Storing Instant Non-fat Dried Milk will allow you to not only enjoy one of your favorite beverages, but will allow to you make a multitude of other delicious foods.

Our journey continues through the basics of food storage, and our next item is a must-have at our home. With three young children, and most particularly a picky four year old as the caboose, we go through a lot of milk.Often, when she will eat nothing else, she’ll happily enjoy a sippy cup of milk. Luckily, milk provides many vitamins and minerals. When non-fat milk is served, it can also be a great source of protein without the fat.

Are you skeptical about dried milk? Do you worry about the flavor, the storage, and quite frankly, how to use the stuff? Well, I’m here to calm your fears. Don’t be intimidated by instant milk any longer, grab a can and let’s get the most from milk.

Did you know that Instant Non-fat Dried Milk can be stored for 20+ years? A recent study by researchers at Brigham Young University cited that even the “worst” sample of milk (stored for 29 years in a relatively high oxygen environment) was given a 63% acceptance rate for drinking in an emergency and a 75% acceptance rate for use in recipes(citation needed). You can feel confident that the milk you are storing, as long as it’s kept in a cool dry place and nitrogen packed, will serve you well for many years. But you don’t have to wait to try that milk.First of all, you are going to be pleasantly surprised by the taste of powdered milk. If mixed well in the blender or mixer pitcher then chilled, you will find that the taste is very close to the nonfat milk you purchase at your local grocery store. Besides being great for drinking, dried milk can be used to make other milk products. Did you know you can make buttermilk, yogurt, cottage cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and even whipped topping with your dried milk? It’s true, armed with some know-how and a few extra ingredients, all of these are possible with your food storage milk.

Now, take a moment and think of all the recipes that call for milk. Just this weekend I made pancakes for my children, not realizing that my just add water pancake mix probably had dried milk in it. If you have a recipe that calls for milk, just add the powdered milk to the recipe, and then add the amount of water needed to reconstitute the milk. Imagine all the possibilities. You can create pudding mixes, cream soups, cheese sauces, gravies, and chowders with your food storage milk. Considering all the recipes I’d read involving powdered milk, I realized that this basic food storage item would definitely add flavor and variety to my arsenal of food storage options.

So, don’t be intimidated by the powdered version of one of your favorite ingredients. You’ll enjoy the nutrition, flavor, storability, and most of all, theversatility of your dried milk now and in the future. Take advantage of the Food Storage Analyzer at [www.beprepared.com/analyzer] to help you decide how much you should store for your family.Rest assured that you can wear a milk mustache no matter the moment.

-Angie Sullivan

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