We discovered that milk was high on that list. And since we are skim milk drinkers in our household, nonfat dry powdered milk was an obvious choice. But it quickly became apparent that the usual powdered milk brands were good for a limited time period and were subject to becoming rancid.
Then we were introduced to Family Home Storage, an affiliate of LDS (Latter Day Saints). We are able to buy a 25-pound bag of Nonfat Dry Milk for $47.00 and a few pennies. That bag translates into six #10 cans of milk with a storage life of 20 years. We figured the cost at a little over 16 cents per gallon! Compare that to the price at your favorite grocery store chain!
And a rough estimate of how many gallons per #10 can? I would guess approximately 16-18 gallons of milk can be made from one #10 can. That means one 25-pound bag of nonfat dry milk could yield 6 cans, or in the neighborhood of 100 gallons of milk!
And what's even better, it passed the taste test for my very picky husband. In fact, he likes the rich taste better than store-bought skim milk. And at 16 cents/gallon, there is a lot of milk-drinking going on at our house!
We experienced a few false starts at properly mixing the milk..... simple hand-stirring didn't break up the clumps of powder at the bottom of the pitcher, and since my blender is stored at the back of my lower kitchen cabinet, it was cumbersome to haul it out every time we needed a new container of milk. Then I found the perfect utensil.... a hand-held blender. Here's our 3-step preparation for perfect milk:
|1 cup of Milk Powder per gallon container|
|Fill up gallon container with milk and powder, then mix with hand-held blender.|
|We then transfer mixed milk to glass container and refrigerate immediately.|
Milk is an important food item for your pantry, and this fortified milk product (Vitamins A and D are added) is perfect for long-term storage. You can't beat it for the taste, the convenience, and the cost. And I think we all agree that "man doesn't live by bread alone"..... and a cold glass of milk is just as necessary!
1 Peter 2:2 "Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation."