Powdered Milk, Why you Need It and How Much

Powdered milk

The other day I went to the LDS (Mormon) Dry Pack Store to purchase a case of non-fat powdered milk. I have been using the LDS powdered milk for many years and have found it to be quite acceptable. It is the most reasonably priced milk that I have found. It comes in 1.8 pound packages that cost $6.25 each. You can purchase it in individual packages or a case of 12 for $75.00. It has a 20-year shelf life if stored correctly in a cool, dark area.

For cooking, we use it following the directions on the package.  If it is for drinking, we mix ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract and ½ to 1 teaspoon of sugar per quart and you want it as cold as possible.

I want to recommend that regardless of the source you want to consider adding powder milk to your storage. It is a good source of protein and calcium.You can also use it to make homemade yogurt. Over the years I continue to learn new things and based on the most recent information I have, you need the following amounts for a year.

  • For pregnant or nursing women, 75 pounds
  • For children under 12, 75 pounds each.
  • For teenagers and adults, 25 pounds each for cooking.  This is with no allowance for drinking or other uses such as pouring on cereal.

There are many other good sources of powdered milk, but be sure you are getting real non-fat powered milk and not a milk substitute. I do not believe the milk substitutes are as good, I want the real thing.

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There are a number of things you can do with powdered milk, here is link that will give you more information:

Conversion Chart for Powdered Milk.

Powdered milk is one of the easiest foods for most of us to rotate. Just use it in your everyday cooking and baking. Give it to your kids occasionally to drink so that they get used to the taste, and if you’re concerned about cow’s milk that contains hormones, here is one brand that is hormone free. Experiment with it now while a mistake won’t hurt you.


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6 thoughts on “Powdered Milk, Why you Need It and How Much”

  1. I have a question regarding the packaging of the powdered milk. Does it hold up well enough for long term storage as is (you stated it has a shelf life of 20 years if store properly), or do you repackage it in another form? You are right, the price is excellent compared to other vendors, but their product is usually in #10 cans.

  2. My Mom had been getting “Meals-On-Wheels” for some time and wouldn’t drink the powdered milk. She couldn’t understand why I insisted on saving them.
    I gotta show her this article!

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