Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Simple Food Storage Items - Powdered Milk

Milk is a combination consisting of fats, proteins, minerals, vitamins, enzymes, carbohydrates and water. Milk is a highly nutritious food. It is also used as an ingredient in many recipes. Milk is often difficult to transport or store in its liquid form due to the weight and its highly perishable nature. Storing powdered milk is a better option.

Powdered milk contributes nutritionally and economically to a wide variety of food recipes including baked goods, reconstituted milk, nutritional beverages such as cocoa and other prepared foods.

Powdered milk products have an extended shelf life. By removing the majority of the water, liquid milk is transformed into a shelf stable dry powder with a shelf life of 12 to 18 months. The maximum shelf life of liquid milk is only about 18 days when kept refrigerated.

Approximately 10% of the world's powdered milk is manufactured in the United States.
This makes the United States one of the largest powdered milk producers in the world.

Approximately 60% of the powdered milk produced in the United States is actually used within the United States. Many food manufacturers depend on powdered milk when formulating their food products. The other 40% is exported to other countries.

Advantages of Powdered Milk

1.) Powdered milk requires significantly less storage space than liquid milk.

2.) It does not require refrigeration.

3.) It retains a high level quality during its 12- to 18-month shelf life

4.) Its cost is very economical.

5.) It can be used in an emergency or crisis situation when fresh milk may be unavailable.

6.) It is easily used as an ingredient in a wide variety of foods and beverages.

Powdered milk can also be stored in your freezer. This will extend its shelf life for an even longer period of time.

Staying above the water line!



kookster said...

I use powdered milk when I make bread in my bread machine. This has caused me to store some of it aside. It is most definitely a great item to keep in your preps, I couldn't agree more!

riverwalker said...

To: kookster

Keep mine in the freezer. Usually mix it half & half with the regular whole milk. Make your own low fat milk! Thanks.


Anonymous said...

Seeing as only one of us in the house drinks milk it is more efficient for us to use powdered milk.

The one thing I have questioned concerning powdered milk is whether it has the chemicals that "fresh" store bough milk does ?

The Mennonites purchased around 800 acres and were supposedly going to start selling fresh milk. I've not heard anymore about that since I was informed of their large land purchase back a year ago.

riverwalker said...

To: greenville road

Nutritionally except for the fat content (most people use the non-fat dry milk) powdered and whole milk there is very little if any difference. Mixing it half and half with regular whole milk is equivalent to 2% milk. You can add sweetened condensed milk to make it more like whole milk.


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