A Milk Mustache, No Matter the Moment
Emergency Essentials - April 26, 2011
This flavorful staple is a must-have at our home. With three young children, and most particularly a picky four-year-old as the caboose, we go through a lot of milk. Milk provides many vitamins and minerals, and when non-fat milk is served, it can also be a great source of protein without the fat.
Are you skeptical about dried milk? Do you worry about the flavor, the storage, and quite frankly, how to use the stuff? Don’t be intimidated by instant milk any longer; grab a can and let’s get the most from milk.
Did you know that Instant Non-fat Dried Milk can be stored for 20+ years? A recent study by Brigham Young University cited that even the “worst” sample of milk, stored for 29 years in a relatively high oxygen environment, was given a 63 percent acceptance rate for drinking in an emergency and a 75 percent acceptance rate for use in recipes. You can feel confident that the milk you store in a cool, dry place with a nitrogen pack will serve you well for many years.
But, don’t wait until an emergency to try out your milk. You will be pleasantly surprised by the taste of powdered milk. If mixed well in the blender or mixer pitcher, and then chilled, you will find the taste is very close to the nonfat milk you purchase at your local grocery store. Other than being great for drinking, dried milk can be used to make other milk products. Did you know you can make buttermilk, yogurt, cottage cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and even whipped topping with your dried milk? It’s true; armed with some know-how and a few extra ingredients, all of these are possible with your food storage milk.
Now, take a moment and think of all the recipes you add milk to. If you have a recipe that calls for milk, just add the powdered milk to the recipe, and then add the amount of water needed to reconstitute the milk. You can create pudding mixes, cream soups, cheese sauces, gravies, and chowders with your food storage milk. After all the recipes I read involving powdered milk, I realized this basic food storage item would be instrumental in adding flavor and variety to my arsenal of food storage options.
So, don’t be intimidated by the powdered version of one of your favorite ingredients. You will enjoy the nutrition, flavor, storability, and most of all, versatility of your dried milk now and in the future. Take advantage of the Food Storage Analyzer at www.beprepared.com to help you decide how much you should store for your family, and rest assured that you can wear a milk mustache no matter the moment.
© LDS Living 2011.
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