Oct 21, 2009 at 9:57 pm #1240472
What is the ratio of powdered milk to water? Is it 1:4?Oct 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm #1538669
@rglessLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
I use Nestle's Nido which is available in Hispanic grocery stores in CA. The instructions say use 1/4 cup of milk and dilute to 1 cup with water. Since I usually use milk only for cooking or cereal, I usually just eyeball the measurements. If you actually drink the milk you should experiment and see what ratios suite your tastes.
My recolletion for Milkman 2%, which is no longer available, was that you mixed an envelope of milk powder with 1/2 quart of water, stirred, then diluted to 1 quart. I think I remember measuring out the amount of milk powder for a glass to 1/4 to 1/3 cup of powder with 3/4 cup of water.Oct 21, 2009 at 10:39 pm #1538672
@antigLocale: Pacific Northwest
I use some Safeway brand found at Pavilions/Vons and just add enough for it to look or taste like milk.Oct 21, 2009 at 10:44 pm #1538673
@foundLocale: Sacramento, CA
It varies vastly on brand. I tend to use way less milk than suggested.Oct 21, 2009 at 10:55 pm #1538674
@umnakLocale: Southeast Alaska
I've not seen Milk Man anywhere outside of Alaska, but the "kiss of cream" that it contains makes it the best available. I use 3:1 ratio water to milk.Oct 21, 2009 at 11:02 pm #1538675
@rglessLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Here's a BPL thread from a couple of years ago you might find interesting on what powdered milk people have used and like.Oct 22, 2009 at 6:23 am #1538697
@quoddyLocale: New York/Vermont Border
I use Nido (Amazon.com) and find that 60g (2.1oz) added to about 16oz of water tastes about right. I take the 360g tins and package six snack zip bags from it. Mixed (in a 20oz bottle) with two Carnation Instant Breakfasts, it make an excellent breakfast drink. I usually drink two bottles which just about covers breakfast and also hydrates for the start of a long hiking day.Oct 22, 2009 at 6:47 am #1538700
I found NIDO at walmart next to me. I plan on using it for cooking, not drinking. For example: I want to make mashed potatoes next time I go backpacking. The box of potatoes I have calls for 1 1/2 cups water and 1/2 cup of milk. I want to just pack the potatoes along with the dehydrated milk in a ziplock bag, but how much more water will I have to add? How much powdered milk would I add?Oct 22, 2009 at 7:19 am #1538705
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
In theory, you should add the amount of water necessary for the milk + the amount necessary for the potatoes.
However, in practice, I have had what I consider great results using much less water for the milk part of the equation. Perhaps it's an individual taste thing, but it works for me. Nido tastes good for cooking.Oct 22, 2009 at 7:21 am #1538706
I tend to use 1/3 cup powder dry milk per 1 cup water for a richer flavor (more calories as well). For dry meals per person I add 1 to 2 Tbsp of it in with the starch or grains.
As for Milkman mentioned, it went out of production about 1 1/2 years ago…..sadly not made anymore.Oct 22, 2009 at 7:22 am #1538708
It should say on the box lolOct 22, 2009 at 7:27 am #1538709
Ditto what Sar already said. I use 1/3 cup powdered to 1 cup liquid. It ain't rocket science. 1/4-1/3 cups works fine. There's different "types" of milk, right? :)Oct 22, 2009 at 10:59 am #1538748
"It should say on the box lol"
-Not when you buy it in bulk. There are no instructions on the bag.Oct 22, 2009 at 11:19 am #1538753
@flixLocale: Seattle area
My memories of powdered milk come from a childhood spent overseas where fresh milk was not available. At least back then, the early seventies, powdered milk had such a nasty aftertaste that I could not choke it down. To this day, just thinking about powdered milk triggers a strong reaction. As such, I have not tried it for backpacking.
So, is the aftertaste still there?Oct 22, 2009 at 12:47 pm #1538765
For using in recipes you won't notice any taste. On the other hand, using it to make actual milk, no thanks ;-)Oct 22, 2009 at 12:50 pm #1538766
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@laurie_annLocale: Ontario, Canada
In our bulk stores they have a little sticky note that you pull off a pad and that has the milk instructions on it.Oct 22, 2009 at 9:06 pm #1538931
I've never seen that. Not sure I'd buy it. Maybe smell it first? It would have to have a pretty good (high) turnover… so it doesn't go rancid. Assuming it's a higher fat milk product.Oct 23, 2009 at 8:12 am #1539015
I know at places like PCC I have seen it in the baking section of bulk….but yeah, I'd rather not. Open to air for who knows how long….
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