About the only thing Vince and I have to leave home to buy is milk. I have a couple of different kinds of dried milk here. One is Augason Farms and it has a shelf life of over 20 years.
The Augason Farms milk is nonfat and it’s an ok substitute for baking but I don’t see us ever using it on cereal or drinking it.
The other dried milk I have is Nestle’s Nido milk. It’s full fat but only has a 12 – 18 month shelf life. I figured I’d give it a taste test. The Nido milk is fortified and there are several formulations, including a couple of formulas with added vitamins and minerals specifically for growing children. The formula we have is for the entire family.
I mixed up a half gallon of the milk according to the directions and put it in the fridge to let it get nice and chilled.
Once it was cold, we each drank a little and it’s fine. I’m not a big fan of milk anyway but it’s ok, and definitely ok for cereal. It has a bit of a different taste than the whole milk we’re used to but it isn’t unpleasant. The texture is great. Vince thought it was good.
Next, I made chocolate milk and that was really good. . . almost tasted a bit like a chocolate shake.
Another variety/brand that I recommend is Peak. I’ve tried it before and though it tastes different from the Nido, it’s something we can live with.
The problem with this, and most any other dried milk, is that at this time, it’s either impossible to find or the price has gone way up.
Later today, I’ll share the yogurt I made using Nido.
The bottom line for us is this: At this time, these milks are expensive. The containers of Nido I have here were $8 to $9 when I bought them. Now, they’re $17 to $18, or I’ve seen them as high as $35 per container but they’re not easy to find in stores here or online. I’m not looking to buy more, just checked availability for this post. It takes about three gallons of fresh milk to equal what the large cans of Nido will make. Here I pay about $2.19 for milk so three gallons of milk would cost me less than $7. There are places where milk is much more expensive than here though.
The powdered milks are a good alternative for the times we can’t get fresh milk but I don’t see them ever being a replacement for our fresh milk. But, never say never! I am happy there is a tasty alternative to fresh milk.
And, if I could have a milk cow, that would be my first choice for milk and butter but the master of this house has said no to the milk cow.