>> Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Kara Merrill of Mesa, Arizona
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Commonly asked question: What are the differences between the different types of powdered milk?
I apologize I wasn't more clear in my posts last month. I taught a class on powd. milk and eggs last month, videoed the class and haven't had a chance to edit it and post it on my blog. In my class I taught the differences between the two--sorry, I forget who I teach what to.
There are basically three different types of powdered milk. Here are the differences:
NON-INSTANT POWDERED MILK: The cannery milk is non-instant powdered milk. This is the most healthy powdered milk you can buy. It is filled with vitamins and minerals and stores the longest on your shelf. This is the most important powdered milk to store because of it's nutrients. If you purchase this milk at the cannery (or online) and it is sealed in a #10 can it will last over 30 years--the perfect option for long term storage. This milk is a little more difficult to find for purchase (if you don't have an LDS Cannery near you--it will be worth your while and money to store this item in your storage, however you can get your hands on some).
INSTANT POWDERED MILK: Instant powdered milk is non-instant powdered milk that has been altered so that it is easier to process. Think of instant or minute rice verses regular rice. This product is lighter and airier but not as healthy as non-instant powdered milk. It whips up into smooth milk a little more quickly, but other than that has no difference in flavor or texture. I can't think of a reason why this milk is beneficial. It is also more expensive per ounce, so one more reason not to store it.
MILK ALTERNATES: Morning Moo is a milk alternate and does not have the same nutrients of the non-instant milk. Think of it as real orange juice (cannery milk) verses tang (Morning Moo). The Morning Moo has things in it like hydrogenated oil and high fructose corn syrup. Two things that are not great for your body..but, that is what makes it taste better. This milk also doesn't last as long as non-instant milk because it has the fat and oils in it. It will only last 2-5 years instead of the possible 30 years. One benefit to this milk is if you purchase this item on sale, it can be less expensive than the cannery milk (anywhere from .85-$1.25 per gallon).
Which to store? I store both non-instant powdered milk and milk alternate for different reasons. I store the cannery milk (non-instant) for my cooking needs and for drinking if we had to live out of our storage for any reason (the nutrients are so much better). I store the Morning Moo if I want to supplement the milk in our fridge with a powdered version that tastes good and is less expensive. My kids can't tell the difference between fresh milk and the Morning Moo (especially if I use half milk alternate and half fresh milk).
Both milks can be used in cooking of soups, sauces, puddings, breads, etc. The ratios when using these milks in cooking is the same: 1 c. water + 3 T. dry milk = 1 c. fresh milk
Hope that helps :)
Also..thanks from a reader who mentioned the recipe for S.O.S. Mix (Soup and Sauce Mix) from your powdered milk. There is no butter (like in the Magic Mix) and can be stored on your shelf. This seems like another fun way to use your powdered milk. When I try it I will give you my feedback :) Visit this link for the recipe and tips on how to use this mix in your everyday cooking.