Let’s Talk About Powdered Milk!

Powdered Milk … AAAAAHHH and EEEEEEEWWW!!! If one of those reactions just went through your mind keep reading and hopefully we can change your mind. Powdered milk is not scary, and it is not gross … we promise! There we said it out loud. It seems like people have a lot of questions about powdered milk so we have put together this little FAQ to guide you through one component of food storage that you don’t HAVE to be intimidated by.

Powdered Milk FAQ

Why should I store powdered milk?
Food storage calculators generally recommend storing either 16 pounds or powdered milk per person or 75 pounds per person. The 16 pound recommendation accounts for one glass of milk per day. However, if you were to be living off of food storage and wanted to cook a variety of foods, you would definitely want to have more milk for baking, etc. Also if you have small children or a nursing mother it is important to have even more powdered milk. Because of the high nutrient levels in powdered milk, if you were unable to find ways to cook your food, you can actually sustain life by ONLY drinking powdered milk for quite some time. So storing more is never a bad thing!

What is the difference between instant and non-instant powdered milk?
Instant powdered milk is similar to instant rice in that it is faster and easier to reconstitute than non-instant formulas. Typically instant powdered milk takes about twice as much powder per gallon as non-instant, but it depends on which brand you are purchasing.

What is a milk alternative?
A milk alternative is NOT 100% milk. It contains a lot of ingredients to make it taste better including whey, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, and high fructose corn syrup. As a result, it taste yummier, but has way less protein and includes some ingredients which are NOT great for you. If you want to use your stored milk in recipes or to make cheese, etc., they would turn out differently than if you used 100% milk. If you just want to drink the milk alternative as a milk flavored yummy drink, it’s ok. However you will be missing out on important nutrients which are even more critical in a time of emergency.

Which brand of powdered milk tastes the best?
The Utah Preppers blog posted an in depth taste test on the most common brands of powdered milk out there. We are so glad they did this because we’ve only personally tried a few brands ourselves. According to their study, the best-tasting milks were:

  • Milk alternative: Morning Moos
  • Instant powdered milk: Provident Pantry
  • Non-instant powdered milk: Rainy Day

Are there any options besides “nonfat” powdered milk?
Yes! Dry whole milk is available although it’s much more difficult to find, especially in bulk. If you just cannot stomach nonfat milk (like Jodi’s dear sweet husband) there is still hope. One brand that we have heard about a lot but haven’t tried yet is Nido. You can often find it in the Hispanic foods section at your local grocery store. Or I found it available online at Amazon.com (don’t you just love Amazon?) It’s pricier than nonfat milk and the storage life will be much shorter due to the fat content of the milk so make sure to watch out for that.

How can I improve the taste of powdered milk?
One trick to try is mixing a little bit of sugar and vanilla in to your powdered milk and then make sure to serve it cold. This will significantly improve the taste of your milk! If that still doesn’t fool your family, a lot of people have had success with mixing powdered milk with regular milk half and half in the jug and nobody seems to notice or mind the taste.

Where can I purchase powdered milk for the best price?
The LDS cannery is the least expensive place to get powdered milk. To find a cannery (home storage center) in your area click here. (Please note that a lot of canneries do not require you to be a member of the LDS church to purchase from them, so contact your local cannery and find out their policies). However, since milk from the cannery is not the best tasting powdered milk, here are some other options. Provident Pantry instant milk is available at Emergency Essentials stores or their website. Rainy Day non-instant milk (made by Walton Wheat) is available from Alison’s Pantry online or via a local rep. Shelf Reliance sells the Thrive brand of both Instant and Non-Instant milk available online as well.

What is the shelf life of powdered milk?
While different sources claim the shelf life on powdered milk can be up to 20-25 years, we have also read that the nutrient level significantly drops within that time. So we would definitely recommend incorporating a habit of rotating your powdered milk to keep your supplies as fresh as possible.

What’s the best way to rotate my powdered milk?
Since most people don’t particularly enjoy drinking powdered milk as a replacement to regular milk, we highly recommend using it in RECIPES where it won’t be as noticeable. You can view our food storage recipes to see where we have substituted powdered milk successfully. One thing we especially love using powdered milk for is substituting it in recipes that call for buttermilk, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, etc. Here are some tips for making those substitutions:

Buttermilk: Mix up one cup of powdered milk. Add 1 T. lemon juice or vinegar to the milk. Stir it in and wait for 5 minutes. Use in any recipe that calls for buttermilk!

Sweetened Condensed Milk: Add the following ingredients to your blender. 1/2 cup of hot water, 1 c. of powdered milk powder, 1 c. of sugar, 1 T. of butter. Blend very well.

Evaporated Milk: Mix 1 1/2 c. water with 1/2 c. + 1 T. powdered milk powder. Whisk together thoroughly. Add to any recipe calling for evaporated milk!

  • Miranda

    I give a +1 to Nido Fortificada. It tastes more milk-ish than nonfat. It has a fairly creamy texture, closer to 2% than whole in my opinion, but you can mix it to whatever consistency you want. I bought some the other day and it is quite tasty! I know that it doesn’t have quite the shelf life of non fat because of the fat content, but I don’t think that the 3.5 lb can will last me a year! I love the versatility too.. Making evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, using it as a creamer in coffee and tea, putting it in my dry “cream of ____ ” mix.. I am a firm believer in stocking items that you will actually use, and this one has become a pantry staple.

  • JJM123

    I only use about 1.5 gallon of milk per week. As a back-up for my dry-cereal breakfast and as a prepping sample, I tried Safeway brand Instant Nonfat Dry Milk – YUCK – but not too surprised as my preferred taste is whole or 2%. Is Nido flavor similar to 2% or 1%?
    Any taste comparisons for LDS powdered??
    What are the storage life for the various types that taste anything like 1% milk (Instant, Powdered, Condensed, etc)?
    I do want milk storage for short term high-price times (stuff that tastes good) as well as long term TEOTWAWKI (stuff that has tolerable flavor we can adjust to).
    Most of these comments are 3 years old – so what are better new products if any?

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi and Julie

      The one I have found to be the most equivalent to regular milk is Thrive’s Instant Milk. Give it a try, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

      • JJM123

        Thanks – will check on Thrive’s. With raw cow milk avail as a child, any store milk less than 2% tastes like colored water.

  • Sarah

    can these same measurements be used if we still use “real” cow’s milk? I never have evaporated, buttermilk, or sweetened condensed so making my own would be handy

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      The buttermilk works with real milk just fine. The others I believe would
      probably not be the right ratios. Like you use more powder than normal to
      get the right consistency. Hope that makes sense.

  • Tracy

    Do you know if there is a Lactose-Free Powdered Milk available anywhere?

  • Bjbganggang

    Does anyone know what to do with hard-as-a-rock dried milk? I live in humid Houston, and as soon as I open a can of dried milk, it turns hard. I have tried double ziploc bagging it, but eventually the same thing happens.

    • sue

      Have you tried keeping it in the freezer? If you double-bag it and freeze it, the constant conditions in the freezer might keep it “dry” and prevent it from absorbing moisture from the air. :)

  • Edgeofthewoods

    I did a search and found whole milk powdered milk in bulk. 10kg=22lb packages. And I contacted the company and they will ship by mail. In cool/cold dry storage unopened the packages are said to store for about a year. So, the supplier sent me a sample 4 liter package to try before ordering a bulk quantity. It mixes up well, and we found it palatable if mixed the night before using and aerated(sp?). The supplier said it can be used any way whole milk can be used, except separated for making butter and buttermilk.

    We received the bulk order about a week ago and have been experimenting. Puddings and baking work well and I modified the recipies to not need to mix it; just add it to the dry ingredients and substitute water for the liquid ingredient. We are using it at double strength instead of cream and it tastes better than creamer in coffee. The fluid milk is better than the going, going of whole milk between trips to the grocery store.
    The cost is above what we pay for whole milk, and less than the cost of whole fresh milk and carting it home,
    http://www.medallionmilk.com This is a Canadian company and part of a larger company. They may be able to ship to the USA or may have information on similar products in the USA.

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    We haven't learned those tricks yet but we will definitely post about them as we experiment with them!

  • Jen Hilton

    I've been really curious how to use my powdered milk to make sour cream, yogurt & other dairy products. Do you have any resources for that sort of thing?

  • Jen Hilton

    I’ve been really curious how to use my powdered milk to make sour cream, yogurt & other dairy products. Do you have any resources for that sort of thing?

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      We haven’t learned those tricks yet but we will definitely post about them as we experiment with them!

  • Jen Hilton

    I've been really curious how to use my powdered milk to make sour cream, yogurt & other dairy products. Do you have any resources for that sort of thing?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Chloe Storm

    Gosh I'm not telling hubby, he was out there today measuring for chickens, Gosh my neighbors are going to love us LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com Chloe Storm

    Gosh I'm not telling hubby, he was out there today measuring for chickens, Gosh my neighbors are going to love us LOL

  • http://www.northcountryrambler.blogspot.com North Country Rambler

    Directed here via Zagat. I’ll just assume this was a cute joke. My mother attempted – without success – to blend powdered milk with the real stuff to save money. If the day comes when we actually need to live off of our “stores” I personally will last until the wine cellar gives out………..

  • http://www.northcountryrambler.blogspot.com North Country Rambler

    Directed here via Zagat. I'll just assume this was a cute joke. My mother attempted – without success – to blend powdered milk with the real stuff to save money. If the day comes when we actually need to live off of our “stores” I personally will last until the wine cellar gives out………..

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Candace Allen

    I miss my goats. Used to raise Dwarf Nigerians.

  • http://www.facebook.com Candace Allen

    I miss my goats. Used to raise Dwarf Nigerians.

  • http://www.gettingfinancesdone.com/ Sam the budgeting guy

    Emily will sometimes take a gallon of milk when it’s half gone and fill the rest up with powdered milk. I can’t tell any significant difference in taste and it helps us rotate through our storage.

  • Anonymous

    Wow , I just stopping by your blog and i love it, I Use Nido milk for recipes too!, I’m following on twitter.

  • http://www.gettingfinancesdone.com/ Sam the budgeting guy

    Emily will sometimes take a gallon of milk when it's half gone and fill the rest up with powdered milk. I can't tell any significant difference in taste and it helps us rotate through our storage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Jane Blackwood Wagman

    For those of you that would like a goat – check out Nigerian Dwarf goats. That is the smallest dairy breed – they stand less than 2ft tall at the shoulder. Milk yield is around a 1/2 gallon a day with butterfat running 6-10%. Lots of cities now allow the keeping of 2-3 does if you meet the lot requirement size which isn't all that big. Two does can comfortably be contained in a 30×30 pen (900 sq ft) although of course large is better. They get along fine with chickens – you just have to keep them from eating the chicken feed – and can share yard space with them. They can sleep in large dog houses (4×4 floor space per goat), but a backyard shed would be better as you can house them in half and use the other half as a place to milk out of the weather.

  • http://www.facebook.com Jane Blackwood Wagman

    For those of you that would like a goat – check out Nigerian Dwarf goats. That is the smallest dairy breed – they stand less than 2ft tall at the shoulder. Milk yield is around a 1/2 gallon a day with butterfat running 6-10%. Lots of cities now allow the keeping of 2-3 does if you meet the lot requirement size which isn't all that big. Two does can comfortably be contained in a 30×30 pen (900 sq ft) although of course large is better. They get along fine with chickens – you just have to keep them from eating the chicken feed – and can share yard space with them. They can sleep in large dog houses (4×4 floor space per goat), but a backyard shed would be better as you can house them in half and use the other half as a place to milk out of the weather.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Brenda Mann

    Milk is under $2 per gallon here in Minnesota too. For small children you can also store evaporated milk. 1 can evaporated milk + 1 can of water is equivalent to whole milk. Nido is dry whole milk and it's creamy and good, but expensive and doesn't store as long.

  • http://www.facebook.com Brenda Mann

    Milk is under $2 per gallon here in Minnesota too. For small children you can also store evaporated milk. 1 can evaporated milk + 1 can of water is equivalent to whole milk. Nido is dry whole milk and it's creamy and good, but expensive and doesn't store as long.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Sherri Coenen Cripe

    Children under the age of two need the fat found in whole milk for proper brain development, so if you have a child in that age range you'll want to store some of the dry whole milk (or toddler formula).

  • http://www.facebook.com Sherri Coenen Cripe

    Children under the age of two need the fat found in whole milk for proper brain development, so if you have a child in that age range you'll want to store some of the dry whole milk (or toddler formula).

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Brenda Ledin Spearin

    When milk gets real expensive here, we use the Church powdered milk, and mix it half and half and make chocolate milk with it. Or we use it straight in recipes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Heather James

    We pay $4/gallon for farm fresh milk. I wouldn't touch powdered milk. All the cholesterol in it is oxidized from the dehydrating process, and it is oxidized cholesterol that does contribute to heart disease.

  • http://www.facebook.com Brenda Ledin Spearin

    When milk gets real expensive here, we use the Church powdered milk, and mix it half and half and make chocolate milk with it. Or we use it straight in recipes.

  • http://www.facebook.com Heather James

    We pay $4/gallon for farm fresh milk. I wouldn't touch powdered milk. All the cholesterol in it is oxidized from the dehydrating process, and it is oxidized cholesterol that does contribute to heart disease.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Denise Steffens Brooman

    Milk for 1.66, WOW! In Missouri, it has been from 2.80-3.20 lately. Last year it had gone up to 3.85. Powdered milk at our discount grocer it ends up to be about 3/gallon, but it is not very good. I use it in my bread.I keep watching to see if emergency essentials will have their powdered milk on sale, so I can try that.

  • http://www.facebook.com Denise Steffens Brooman

    Milk for 1.66, WOW! In Missouri, it has been from 2.80-3.20 lately. Last year it had gone up to 3.85. Powdered milk at our discount grocer it ends up to be about 3/gallon, but it is not very good. I use it in my bread.I keep watching to see if emergency essentials will have their powdered milk on sale, so I can try that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Chloe Storm

    Milk is almost 4.00 a gallon again, it had gotten down to 2.72 but not anymore along with gas , it's almost 3.00 for regular here

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Rebecca Endicott Haacke

    In Utah milk is usally on sale for $1.66 a gallon

  • http://www.facebook.com Chloe Storm

    Milk is almost 4.00 a gallon again, it had gotten down to 2.72 but not anymore along with gas , it's almost 3.00 for regular here

  • http://www.facebook.com Rebecca Endicott Haacke

    In Utah milk is usally on sale for $1.66 a gallon

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Elisa Beury

    Sarah, where do you live that milk is $2 a gall.? am paying almost $4 a gal. my 2 year old has to have lactose free and that is $3 a half ga. I use powdered when ever i can. My son like it with sugar and van. and some in his hot choc.

    • http://3win.com Chris Allen

      Chloe, if your son is lactose intolerant, try raw cows milk, or raw goats milk, as both of these milks when they are raw contain sufficient levels of lactase, so they can digest it without issues. You can google for raw milk, and probably find a local farmer where you can get the milk… it is more expensive generally, here in the Ozarks (southern Missouri) raw milk generally runs $4-5 per gallon for fresh, raw milk from grass-fed (only) cows.

  • http://www.facebook.com Elisa Beury

    Sarah, where do you live that milk is $2 a gall.? am paying almost $4 a gal. my 2 year old has to have lactose free and that is $3 a half ga. I use powdered when ever i can. My son like it with sugar and van. and some in his hot choc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Lisa McKay Anderson

    We have changed our mind about the flavor of powdered milk since we started buying itr from our local dairy-it has more fat in it which gives it a more realistic flavor-see if your local dairy makes a powdered milk and give it a try~store varieties are enough to make anybody ill!

  • http://www.facebook.com Lisa McKay Anderson

    We have changed our mind about the flavor of powdered milk since we started buying itr from our local dairy-it has more fat in it which gives it a more realistic flavor-see if your local dairy makes a powdered milk and give it a try~store varieties are enough to make anybody ill!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Stefanie Wolff

    One way to use your powdered milk is in homemade yogurt. It's super easy. Just take 1 tbsp of your favorite brand of yogurt add it to a Jar filled with prepared milk, and stick it in your oven with the light on for a few days. (you just need a warm place just don't forget it is there) Once it is thickened put it in the fridge. I like to add some Jam to it to flavor it. It is also good because you get to control the amount of sugar that goes into it!

  • http://www.facebook.com Stefanie Wolff

    One way to use your powdered milk is in homemade yogurt. It's super easy. Just take 1 tbsp of your favorite brand of yogurt add it to a Jar filled with prepared milk, and stick it in your oven with the light on for a few days. (you just need a warm place just don't forget it is there) Once it is thickened put it in the fridge. I like to add some Jam to it to flavor it. It is also good because you get to control the amount of sugar that goes into it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Yenia Perez

    THANK YOU!!

  • http://www.facebook.com Yenia Perez

    THANK YOU!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Todd Sommerville

    Another trick for improved flavor of powdered milk is to add perhaps 1 quart of whole fresh milk to a gallon of milk made from powder. When I was young and we once found ourselves using a LOT of our food storage to get through a particularly difficult time this little trick made the powdered milk taste almost like 2%.

  • http://www.facebook.com Todd Sommerville

    Another trick for improved flavor of powdered milk is to add perhaps 1 quart of whole fresh milk to a gallon of milk made from powder. When I was young and we once found ourselves using a LOT of our food storage to get through a particularly difficult time this little trick made the powdered milk taste almost like 2%.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Melinda Burt

    I'd like a goat.

  • http://www.facebook.com Melinda Burt

    I'd like a goat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Randi Hargis Hall

    Jane – Don't blame you on the goats! I would love to have them again but the little town where I live now won't even allow a few hens even if they are penned. So I'm slowly trying to get my mom to change over to powdered at least for cooking. I keep it on the counter so it is hand but think I'm the only one that uses it!

    • http://3win.com Chris Allen

      Most cities are changing their policies regarding urban agriculture, in Springfield, MO a group of citizens decided that the city telling them that they can’t have chickens and goats ticked them off, so they made an issue out of it, and now 6 months later the law has been changed… it usually started with civil disobedience… which may or may not be ‘your style’.

  • http://www.facebook.com Randi Hargis Hall

    Jane – Don't blame you on the goats! I would love to have them again but the little town where I live now won't even allow a few hens even if they are penned. So I'm slowly trying to get my mom to change over to powdered at least for cooking. I keep it on the counter so it is hand but think I'm the only one that uses it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Sarah LeMaster

    Right now in our area, powdered milk is more expensive to use all the time, but I do keep a big box in the freezer for emergency. When milk goes back over $2 a gallon I will rethink this.

  • http://www.facebook.com Sarah LeMaster

    Right now in our area, powdered milk is more expensive to use all the time, but I do keep a big box in the freezer for emergency. When milk goes back over $2 a gallon I will rethink this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Jane Blackwood Wagman

    I think I'll stick with goat keeping – rich creamy milk morning and evening!

  • http://www.facebook.com Jane Blackwood Wagman

    I think I'll stick with goat keeping – rich creamy milk morning and evening!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Jamie Hasty Templar

    I have been drinking and cooking with powdered milk for about 1 year now all thanks to Crystal!!! I add 1/2 tsp. of sugar and 1/4 tsp vanilla (I have pure vanilla so its stronger). Just make sure its cold! When we started drinking powdered milk we had already been drinking nonfat milk. I started out slow. 3/4 milk and 1/4 powdered. After a few days I went to 1/2 and 1/2. Then a few days later 1/4 milk 3/4 powdered. Before I know it we were drinking 100% powdered milk.

  • http://www.facebook.com Jamie Hasty Templar

    I have been drinking and cooking with powdered milk for about 1 year now all thanks to Crystal!!! I add 1/2 tsp. of sugar and 1/4 tsp vanilla (I have pure vanilla so its stronger). Just make sure its cold! When we started drinking powdered milk we had already been drinking nonfat milk. I started out slow. 3/4 milk and 1/4 powdered. After a few days I went to 1/2 and 1/2. Then a few days later 1/4 milk 3/4 powdered. Before I know it we were drinking 100% powdered milk.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Hilary Pope Erickson

    I tried to post on your post (somehow it kept giving me an error) that I have started using powdered milk thanks to you guys and it is a nice money saver. We still use the regular to drink and have on cereal but baking is just powdered. THANKS!

  • http://www.facebook.com Hilary Pope Erickson

    I tried to post on your post (somehow it kept giving me an error) that I have started using powdered milk thanks to you guys and it is a nice money saver. We still use the regular to drink and have on cereal but baking is just powdered. THANKS!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Lisa Hoppman

    How timely! I have such a nice store of many things but have just started thinking about powdered (ew) milk. This was ALOT of help.

  • http://www.facebook.com Lisa Hoppman

    How timely! I have such a nice store of many things but have just started thinking about powdered (ew) milk. This was ALOT of help.

  • Anonymous

    Funny you posted this…just last night I made Powdered Milk Ice Cream and it’s absolutely fabulous! Here’s the recipe:

    2 cups powdered milk
    1 cup water
    1/2 T. vanilla
    1 cup white sugar
    1 egg (optional, but does impact taste)
    –Mix ingredients until smooth and creamy in blender–
    Add 2 cups ice
    –blend–
    Place in freezer until desired consistency.

    Eat and enjoy!

    • Anonymous

      P.S. Add some frozen strawberries, chocolate sauce, or pecans to jazz it up a bit.

  • Lisa C

    Hey, I wanted to pass along this quick tip that I came across months ago and has been really useful –
    http://www.gettingfreedom.net/2009/05/recipe-evaporated-and-sweetend.html

  • Anonymous

    I highly recommend the sweetened condensed milk recipe from everydayfoodstorage.net. It is a money-saver and a time-saver and PERFECT for rotating my powdered milk. I also love the magic mix recipes for using powdered milk. I can make condensed soups, pudding, white sauces. Using powdered milk in recipes makes my life a lot easier!

  • kathryngowers

    P.S. Add some frozen strawberries, chocolate sauce, or pecans to jazz it up a bit.

  • kathryngowers

    Funny you posted this…just last night I made Powdered Milk Ice Cream and it's absolutely fabulous! Here's the recipe:

    2 cups powdered milk
    1 cup water
    1/2 T. vanilla
    1 cup white sugar
    1 egg (optional, but does impact taste)
    –Mix ingredients until smooth and creamy in blender–
    Add 2 cups ice
    –blend–
    Place in freezer until desired consistency.

    Eat and enjoy!

  • http://www.mamasheartblog.com sue

    Jodi –

    you girls rock! Seriously – what a great post and I love that you added the section in. :) Thanks for making it so comprehensive! :)

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    Thanks for the reminder girls. I had found information about Nido and then got caught up in the rest of the post and forgot to include it. It's added now. And now I need to TRY some!

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    Mary, I would definitely just follow the “mixing” ratios on your can no matter what the brand is. Whether it's non-instant or instant it will be the correct amount on the package. We used to recommend certain ratios of powder to water until we realized how vastly different the mixing ratios can be even between two brands of the same type.

  • Anonymous

    I am happy to read about this because I have been looking into adding powdered milk to my storage. I am not LDS so I don’t have a cannery to go to. It is just my husband and I now so no small children to turn noses up at powdered milk. I would mainly use it in recipes and have it for an extended emergency situation. I am considering the Provident Pantry since it is the better tasting. I know it is Instant but in recipes, wouldn’t you just add enough powder and water to make the amount of milk you need?
    BTW, I love this blog. I don’t comment much but you two have helped me more than you can possibly know. Blessings.

    • http://www.mamasheartblog.com sue

      Hi Mary –

      I’m not LDS either, but if you’re near an LDS cannery (home storage center), you can call and ask if you can buy things there. Our area HSC allows non-members to buy there; I’ve been told I can come “as often as I’d like” and buy “as much as I’d like.” It’s a huge blessing b/c the prices are so much lower than ordering from many websites. There’s a list of HSCs here: http://is.gd/bIt4X . If there’s one near you, call & ask. The worst they can say is “no,” right? ;)

    • http://www.mamasheartblog.com sue

      Hi Mary,

      I’m not LDS either, but the cannery (home storage center) near us allows non-members to buy there. It’s a huge blessing b/c the prices are so much lower than buying from most websites. :)

      Here’s a site with HSCs listed: http://is.gd/bIt4X . If there’s one near you, call them and ask if they permit non-members to buy there. The worst they can say is “no,” right? It’s really helped me get my food storage together. :)

    • Anonymous

      Marcy,
      I’m not LDS either, but I have been to the Cannery in Dallas. The staff was wonderful!! If you have a cannery near you, don’t hesitate to call them and get their hours.

      Susan

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      Mary, I would definitely just follow the “mixing” ratios on your can no matter what the brand is. Whether it’s non-instant or instant it will be the correct amount on the package. We used to recommend certain ratios of powder to water until we realized how vastly different the mixing ratios can be even between two brands of the same type.

  • Anonymous

    By far the best powdered milk is Nido. It is powdered whole milk and tastes great even without adding vanilla or sugar to it. So far I’ve only found the large containers in the Hispanic section at Walmart, but I’ve also seen the small containers at Target. It is pricey, but since I pinch pennies in every area, I figure this is the one place that I can “splurge”.

    • http://www.mamasheartblog.com sue

      Susan –

      I was just popping over here to say the same thing! :) I know that Nido doesn’t have the shelf life of nonfat powdered milk, but I have a “thing” about powdered skim milk – I cannot STAND it. I was raised on it and to this day can’t stand it. I do have a little in my FS, but I plan on giving that away to a friend now that I have Nido.

      I’ve used Nido in recipes and even made some to taste and it actually tastes GOOD. We drink raw milk around here, but Nido is really good in our hot beverages and I’m about to try making Magic Mix with it – I think it will improve the taste of the Mix dramatically. :)

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      Thanks for the reminder girls. I had found information about Nido and then got caught up in the rest of the post and forgot to include it. It’s added now. And now I need to TRY some!

      • http://www.mamasheartblog.com sue

        Jodi –

        you girls rock! Seriously – what a great post and I love that you added the section in. :) Thanks for making it so comprehensive! :)

  • http://sandy-fallinglikerain.blogspot.com Sandy

    Having powdered milk in the pantry has saved us more than once from having to abandon our dinner plans because we ran out of milk. While it’s rare for us to run out of something so basic, life happens. When it does, I’m glad to have the powdered milk.

  • susan525

    Marcy,
    I'm not LDS either, but I have been to the Cannery in Dallas. The staff was wonderful!! If you have a cannery near you, don't hesitate to call them and get their hours.

    Susan

  • maryc1959

    I am happy to read about this because I have been looking into adding powdered milk to my storage. I am not LDS so I don't have a cannery to go to. It is just my husband and I now so no small children to turn noses up at powdered milk. I would mainly use it in recipes and have it for an extended emergency situation. I am considering the Provident Pantry since it is the better tasting. I know it is Instant but in recipes, wouldn't you just add enough powder and water to make the amount of milk you need?
    BTW, I love this blog. I don't comment much but you two have helped me more than you can possibly know. Blessings.

  • Anonymous

    I’m *so* glad you guys posted this. I was looking at powdered milk in the store yesterday and thinking about buying it for my storage use and rotation. However, the ONLY place it gets used is in baking because my kids can taste it even if it’s mixed in with half milk AND I add a little sugar and vanilla to it!! Even in chocolate milk! And it’s disgusting as yogurt. Even I didn’t like it.
    So taste is important, and more recipes! yay!

  • http://www.mamasheartblog.com sue

    Susan –

    I was just popping over here to say the same thing! :) I know that Nido doesn't have the shelf life of nonfat powdered milk, but I have a “thing” about powdered skim milk – I cannot STAND it. I was raised on it and to this day can't stand it. I do have a little in my FS, but I plan on giving that away to a friend now that I have Nido.

    I've used Nido in recipes and even made some to taste and it actually tastes GOOD. We drink raw milk around here, but Nido is really good in our hot beverages and I'm about to try making Magic Mix with it – I think it will improve the taste of the Mix dramatically. :)

  • susan525

    By far the best powdered milk is Nido. It is powdered whole milk and tastes great even without adding vanilla or sugar to it. So far I've only found the large containers in the Hispanic section at Walmart, but I've also seen the small containers at Target. It is pricey, but since I pinch pennies in every area, I figure this is the one place that I can “splurge”.

  • http://sandy-fallinglikerain.blogspot.com Sandy

    Having powdered milk in the pantry has saved us more than once from having to abandon our dinner plans because we ran out of milk. While it's rare for us to run out of something so basic, life happens. When it does, I'm glad to have the powdered milk.

  • spiralowlcreations

    I'm *so* glad you guys posted this. I was looking at powdered milk in the store yesterday and thinking about buying it for my storage use and rotation. However, the ONLY place it gets used is in baking because my kids can taste it even if it's mixed in with half milk AND I add a little sugar and vanilla to it!! Even in chocolate milk! And it's disgusting as yogurt. Even I didn't like it.
    So taste is important, and more recipes! yay!