Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Product Training: Powdered Milk and Instant Milk

Powdered Milk and Instant Milk
For many consultants the difference between powdered milk and instant milk is confusing.   This is how I explain it to customers:
“I store both powdered milk and instant milk.  I store instant milk for drinking, and powdered milk for baking and cooking.“
Often the customer than asks;  “Why ?”
“I really love instant milk for drinking; it is a lot like skim milk.  I love having it on hand so I don’t have to run to the store for a gallon of milk.  I love know that I am storing milk that my family especially my kids will drink. 
I store powdered milk for baking and cooking.  It is a little cheaper and works great in baking and cooking.  You don’t need to store both, you can just choose one.  Both are great products.”
Here is a little comparison about the differences in milk products.
1 % milk
THRIVE Powdered Milk
Thrive Instant Milk
Cost per Gallon
$2.99 *
Aprox $3.60
A can makes

5 gallons
8 g
10 g
Shelf Life
1 to 2 weeks
25 years (2 year open)
25 years (2 open)
How to use
Drinking, baking, pretty much everything
Cooking and baking is its best use.  You can add it to your recipe dry and just add the appropriate water.   It can be used to drink.  If you are going to drink it try adding a little sugar and a little vanilla, and be sure to drink it COLD!
Drinking.  If you make it up with cold water it is great to drink. Very similar to skim milk.  I serve it a lot at parties and it is always a big hit. (once I convince them to drink it).  Can be used for baking any other milk use.  I prefer to reconstitute it and then add it to recipes as I would fresh.
*National Average in Jan 2011  source: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/pricebasket.html
Basic powdered milk conversions:
To Make:   You need
Instant Milk
¼ cup
¼ cup
1-½ T
¾ T
½ cup
½ cup
3 T
1 ½ T
1 cup
1 cup
1/3 c
1 quart
1 quart
1-1/3 c
1/3 c
1 pint
1 pint
2-2/3 c
1-1/3 c
1 gallon
1 gallon
5-1/3 c
2-2/3 c

Recipes I like using Instant Milk
1.     Thrive Instant Milk Whipped Topping:   I know I talk about this all the time but have you tried it?  It is amazing.  I love making whipped topping from my powdered milk.  The whipped topping ends up like cool whip or dream whip.  Love it.
2.    Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream:  Really do I need to say more?
Recipes I like using Powdered Milk
1.     Blueberries and Cream Cookies:  This recipe highlights a bunch of food storage ingredients.  I really love the milk crumbles. They make these cookies amazing, and they use powdered milk
2.    Magic Mix:  I have been making magic mix for year and I love it, (I especially love to make it with powdered butter because it is than shelf stable.) If you are new to magic mix it is white sauce mix that you make using powdered milk (not instant) that you can than make into white sauce, gravy, cream of anything soup, pudding etc. 
3.    Homemade Yogurt Okay I’m a geek and I make my own yogurt.  It turns out that dry milk is perfect for making your own yogurt
4.    Make Your own instant oatmeal:  My kids love instant oatmeal.  One day I was thinking what is in those little packets anyway? Well it turns out that what is in those packets are all things that come from your food storage.  Oats, Dry Milk, Sugar, Dry Fruit. Easy

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