12 May 2015

5 Creative Ways to Use Powdered Milk in Your Kitchen

Powdered milk in 2015 is so much better than it was when I was a child. It has a better flavour and if you choose an instant powdered milk it will dissolve easily and quickly even in cold water.

I use powdered milk (the Aldi powdered milk is excellent value) in baking, cheese and white sauces, instant custards, to make egg or stirred custard, in cakes, biscuits, slices, pancakes and breads and when we are camping for drinking, cereals and tea and coffee.

I always have powdered milk in the pantry and the pantry stockpile. It's a very handy pantry ingredient to have on hand.

Here are five creative ways you and use powdered milk in your kitchen:

1.  Hide it in a milk jug

If you run out of milk make up a bottle of  powdered milk. The general ratio is 1 cup of powder to 900ml water, although I just measure 1 litre of water to the cup of milk powder. If you have a little fresh milk still in the bottle, make up the powdered milk and add it to the fresh. Shake well, chill and it will be hard to tell the difference.

2.  Use as a fresh milk substitute in baking

Any recipe that calls for milk can EASILY use powdered milk instead.  Any brand or type of milk will work just fine, but I do use the Aldi instant powdered full cream milk.  Make sure you read the making up instructions so you use the right amount of powder to water for the recipe. You don't need to mix the milk and water first. Just add the powder to your dry ingredients and the necessary amount of water to your wet ingredients.  Works like a charm and saves the fresh milk for cereal and drinking.

3.  MOO buttermilk

To make a simple buttermilk, add 1 tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar to 1 cup of milk.  Stir and let stand for about 1 minute.  To make 1 cup of milk using milk powder stir 1/4 cup milk powder into 1 cup cold water, then add the lemon juice, stir and let it sit to curdle.

4.  MOO evaporated milk

Evaporated milk has a relatively short shelf life and is expensive - one 290ml can is the price of three litres of fresh milk, so if you can just use your regular powdered milk instead of having to store this as well, it can be a good space and cost-savings.  To make evaporated milk mix 1-1/2 cups of water with a heaping 1/2 cup of instant milk powder.  Blend very well in a blender.  This will be equivalent to about a 375ml can.

5.  MOO sweetened condensed milk

This is probably my all-time favourite powdered milk trick.  Sweetened condensed milk can be pricey but it is oh so delicious in many of our favourite desserts and caramels.  To make your own similar to a can of sweetened condensed milk, simply mix 1/2 cup hot water, 1 cup powdered milk, 1 cup sugar, and 3 tablespoons melted butter very well in a blender.  The mixture will thicken to the commercial condensed milk equivalent as it cools.


  1. Do you know if the powdered milk lasts long after the best by date please

    1. It's a "best by" date so it is fine to use, but the quality will start to deteriorate. I've used it 12 months after, Just be aware that it is milk, it does contain fat and it will eventually go rancid because of the fat content. How long that takes I've no idea - it would depend on temperature, whether it's kept in an air tight container, light and so on.. I generally keep powdered milk in the freezer until I'm ready to put it into the canister in the kitchen. I have a canister of powdered milk in our camping tucker box that's been there since May 2014, and it's fine, I used some over the weekend.

  2. Can homemade condensed milk be used to make caramel slice? Will it thicken up and change colour?

    1. Yes, yes and yes. You can use it exactly the way you would bought condensed milk.


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