Nuts cannot be stored in their shell unless you remove ALL the air. Their natural oils will go rancid. It's actually cheaper to plant an almond tree.
I found out the hard way. I forgot I had some when I FINALLY got out of New Orleans after Katrina. I went through storage and found the box w/bag. Opened bag and rancid oil is not a pleasant aroma!
You can vacu-seal them in those bags or mason jar attachments. I know they last 5+ years that way.
Gonna have to try the milk!
I hope this isn't a duplicate post. I'm having problems posting. Anyway, thanks for a great article. I'm not a great cook and every little bit helps! Sal
This is a great article. I'm a little short on cooking skills and this information helped a lot. Thanks, Sal
Great tips! My wife and I are now using your powdered milk all the time and the tips are just what we needed.
I have used PM in a number of ways listed in the comments here. It has always served me and my family well. Thank you for the additional new (to me ;) ) ideas!
Looking forward to trying some of these ideas with my powdered milk!!!
The Powdered Milk packaged in #10 cans or SuperPails will last up to 20 years if stored in a cool and dry place. If it has gone bad it will most likely smell bad when you mix some up, similar to fresh milk.
I just read today that it stores for 6months. Kinda surprises me—would think in an airtight mylar bag it would last longer.
Can anyone tell me how long powdered milk can be stored? How can I tell if it's gone bad?
Like Melanie, I've been searching for a powdered milk alternative for our food storage. We have severe cow's milk—as well as soy—allergies in my family. I may just have to store almonds in the shell and plan to make lots of almond milk. (Good thing I have a grain mill.) I wonder how long almonds would store in their shells…. Any other suggestions?
When my boys were little I use to add a few drops of vanilla flavoring to powdered milk. We called it "Tasty milk". I know someone else posted adding vanilla but I think giving it the name tasty milk helped me get them to drink their milk! :)So you could give it a really neat name that would get your kids excited about drinking their milk. :)
I haven't ever used it, so it's good to know what I can do with it! Thanks…
I have to say I absolutely hated powdered milk. It always came out watery and just soooo NASTY tasting. BUT the Provident pantry milk is the absolute BEST powdered milk on the market…we will now just drink it straight. It is sooo good. Thank you so such a great product. :) and I love the cocoa idea too.
I love all the helpful tips…I struggle rotating food storage, especially my dried milk.
Great tips. I've often wondered how to substitute dry milk in recipes. Thanks.
I use powdered milk weekly. I use it in my all purpose mix which is like bisquick, called "Master Mix." I also use it in my hot chocolate mix, white sauce mix, cream of soup mix and scalloped potato mix. I love having pre-made mixes on hand for cooking and baking. One thing that I always use powdered milk in is mashed potatoes. That's the way my mom did it and it so much better than regular milk and makes the potatoes delicious!
Whenever I make a baked product, from scratch or a mix, I always add at least 1/4 cup of powdered milk to the mix before adding the required amount of liquid – even if the liquid is milk. Not only does it make the product more nutritious, it enriches the flavor and also helps the bread, cookies, cake. etc. stay fresher longer.
I've been searching, with no real help on ideas for storing a milk substitute- we can't use any powdered milk for the whole family has allergies to all kinds. No cow's milk options here. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for ideas for powdered alternatives? Thanks!
We love to use it for our homemade "instant" whole wheat pancakes. I keep all of the dry ingredients together in a canister and then when we are ready to have some I just mix it with some water, egg, vanilla and melted butter. They turn out super! I'm trying to figure out how to tweak the recipe for powdered eggs instead of fresh ones.
For convenience I just add it in powdered form to my coffee or tea and stir.
I learn as much from the comments as I do from the articles! This post & comments has such great tips on Powdered Milk that I can put to use right now!
I actually have never been very good at using my powdered milk, so this post (and the comments) are very insightful to me. thank you!
Robert – Our Powdered Milk has a 20 year shelf life when stored properly. As far as store bought boxes of powdered milk go, we aren't certain of their shelf life because there are so many potential variations in how they have been packaged and stored before you purchase the product.
Levi – There are a few differences between the Instant Non-Fat Regular Powdered Milk and the Instant Non-Fat Fortified Powdered Milk. The Fortified Milk does have extra vitamins that have been added which is the main difference. The process that the milk goes through to be fortified also makes it fluffier which means that not as many servings will fit in the can but it also makes it easier to mix.
I have a recipe for rolls that calls for powdered milk. I get rave reviews on them every time I make them. I love to use powdered milk when I am cooking and baking. It helps to stretch out the regular milk and saves money!
what is the difference between the shelf life of regular powdered milk from a store and the stuff in #10 cans. Can i just can the stuff and it will last 30 years.
Great tips! I have a lot of powdered milk I haven't been sure how to use. Thanks!
My mother used powdered milk to make cream gravy. Of course you need to make it up as fluid before adding to the roux in the pan. She would add a tablespoon extra powder per cup to make it a little thicker and more creamy. My husband uses powder milk in instant mashed potatoes, add couple of tablespoons in the dry mix, then what you need in water. Makes it really yummy.
Great ideas! Thanks!
Thanks for the information! Since my husband is lactose intolerant, I wasn't planning on storing milk to drink, but since I see it is great for baking, etc. I will definitely add it to my food storage plan!
This product is good. I have used it and stocked up on it. Nothing ever tastes like the real thing, but this is close enough! The cheeses are interesting as well.
My kids love it when I add a splash of vanilla to our powdered milk. Get it nice and cold and they keep asking for more.
I plan on stocking some powdered milk, but what is the difference between instant fat free pm and instant non fat fortified pm aside from the added vitamins? Is one better to store long term than the other?
I'm excited to try this!
Didn't know you could make soap with P.Milk. I'll try it. P.M.is great for baking also.
Very interesting… I am excited to try out these suggestions. Would love to know about nutritional value of powdered milk versus regular milk.
Growing up we used powdered milk to make ice cream. I believe the recipe called for 5 cups of powdered milk, a couple tsp of vanilla, 8 cups of water, and then we mashed in raspberries, blackberries, marionberries, or whatever other berries we had on hand. Put everything in an ice cream freezer can and freeze.
Great Tips…I never knew this!
to be honest, I have not tried powdered milk before b/c I have been nervous about how it cooks. But all these great ideas (including SOAP) have me interested now! THANK YOU!!
I use powdered milk to make up jar mix gifts (cookies, cakes, etc) at Christmas time. I was raised on powdered milk and it is a MUST in my personal and emergency pantry due to it's versatility!
Lately I've been adding powdered milk to our store bought milk to make it last longer. My kids (or husband) haven't even noticed! Once the gallon of milk from the store is about half gone, I fill it up with mixed up powdered milk and let it get nice and cold overnight. It helps keep the budget down and helps the kids adjust to the taste of powdered milk in case we ever had to use it by itself.
For those of you that like a splash of milk in your coffee or tea, add a spoonful of powered milk instead! Just keep some in an air tight container near the coffee pot or tea pot. Add and stir, that's it!
Thanks for this blog. It was good to review things I once knew about using powdered milk. It was great to read some reviews on the product.
I have used powdered milk to make a low fat mozzarella cheese. Yes, cheese! It is so easy!
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My family goes through milk very quickly, and this powdered milk is very good !I make hot chocolate mix with it,as well, and it's wonderful!