Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Great Powdered Milk Taste Test and Review

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27 comments:

Chris W said...

Thank you VERY much for posting this! I've wondered what the taste and consistancy differences were for quite a while. WELL DONE!!!

If you aren't a member and can do it yourself, would it be ok if I posted a link to this on the Survival Podcast forums? I'm sure a lot of people would be interested.

Chief Instructor said...

Absolutely fantastic! Thanks for doing such a detailed and in-depth comparison. Great information.

Angela said...

Chris-you are more than welcome to link to this post in the forums. I'm glad to share information with whoever can benefit from it. :)

Chief-you're very welcome. I think it was your comment on another post that put the crazy idea in my head to begin with, so thank you.

Cecily said...

This is a great post. I've got a bunch of Morning Moo milk that I've never tasted - good to know it will do the job when I get around to opening a can. One request - could you post the cost per gallon for each of the products? Or maybe indicate how many gallons can be made from each can of product so I can figure out the cost myself? Thanks!

Mariah said...

I want to know which of these mom used when I was a kid so I know which one I hate.

Angela said...

Cecily-It's a good thing I secretly like math! I got approximately 11 1/2 cups of powder out of a can. I've added the cost per gallon to each milk's explanation. If I'm real tricky I might get it into the tables at the bottom at some point. Thanks for the suggestion!

Mariah-Ha! I don't know which kind she used. Well, mom? I know you'll be reading this. What kind of powdered milk did you torture your daughter with? ;)

ain't for city gals said...

I might keep some on hand for an emergency but instant milk ranks right up there with soy milk for me...I just can't do it. Give me my organic non fat and I am happy.

bloggermouse said...

Useful experiment; keep up the good work.

Bellen said...

I've been using Provident Pantry milk for about 5 years. Two adults in household, use 1/2 & 1/2 for coffee so never buy real milk.

I use it in my oatmeal in the AM and for any recipe calling for milk - add it to dry ingredients and add the necessary amount of water with the wet ingredients. Also makes delicious mashed potatoes - sprinkle it on the potatoes, beat them till almost ready, then add potato water to desired consistency.

Angela's Mom said...

Yipes, my daughters!!You really expect me to remember what I used 15+ yrs ago??? Recalling the state of my pocketbook, it was probably the icky store brand--oh, there was a short time that I used whey powder type milk substitute cuz I got it cheap. That may have been what scarred your childhood, Mariah. The few years we had goats/goats milk apparently scarred the rest of you...:)

Anonymous said...

If you want real tasting powdered milk try Nestle's NIDO.

I finally found a source (Walmart, but not all stores carry it).

This stuff tastes as good as fresh - BETTER than WM's Great Value whole milk. Hubbie is not a milk-lover, but he loves this milk.

However, it does not store indefinitely due to the butterfat content. Each metal can stores for a year. It also has a small amount of soy lecithin in it to make it mix better.

They also have other packaging - not sure if you can find the metal cans everywhere.

Check it out.

texasmufflerman said...

Great review! I am wondering if there is something wrong with me, since I think the LDS stuff tastes fine. Now I need to try some of the others since they reportedly taste so much better. You have aroused my curiosity!

You categorized the LDS as non-instant. Can you explain why?

Leasmom said...

Thank You, I think you did a great job. I use powdered milk for cooking and when we're done with all our free backs of it I was going to purchase some from Emergency Essentials and now I know that it'll taste good. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

My mother had a trick to make instant milk taste better, she would add several drops of vanilla.

Sondra said...

Yeah the milk in my food storage is "Provident Pantry Instant Non-Fat Dry Milk." We drank it during our 2 week mock emergency week and couldn't tell the difference between real milk and this powdered milk. I always have a quart in my fridge that we use for baking purposes to rotate it. I highly recommend it and always purchase it when it is on sale. I even have the pitcher they sale with it - which mixes it very smoothly and pain free.

It was a great article .... plus I was surprised to see that you are Utah Prepper author too (which I follow). Wow!

Anonymous said...

I love the taste of the morning moo and am looking forward to hearing how you rate the chocolate variety. I use it every morning when I take my vitamins and it makes them go down smoothly! I wish I had a source here in AZ and didn't have to order it from Utah and Pay the high shipping!! Thanks for all your hard work!! it is truly appreciated!

AZ mom

Andrew Gronow said...

Are you aware of any powdered soya milk on the market? I'm vegan but this product could be useful to any lactose intolerant preppers.

Jared said...

Angela, great experiment. I actually use the Morning Moo's to bake my bread with and it makes a very good, chewy, golden brown crust. Better than any other milk I have tried. My kids love it as well. Have you tried their Chocolate version, it is our new hot chocolate.
Jared

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this review!

Flattail Family said...

Angela--Great experiment! I was just wondering how many total people sampled the milk? Maybe I missed it someplace in your article. We've always liked the Country Cream (although I admit I haven't tried most of the types you tested), and yes, Macey's has great deals on it from time to time.

Just curious, but what was Wade's choice? as I recall from our fieldwork days, he can be rather picky about some things...

I love reading your blog. Glad we've gotten back in touch.

~April

Wendy said...

Angela,

Like April, I'm wondering how many people helped you with the taste-test.

Thanks! This is a fantastic post! I featured it on my blog today.

Wendy
(http://iprepared.blogspot.com)

Angela said...

Thanks for all the comments.

Texasmufflerman- the LDS cannery milk is non instant or regular powdered milk. It is processed differently than instant powdered milks and doesn't mix up as easily. Although, that milk D that was supposedly instant didn't mix up easily either.

Anon-vanilla is great. Any type of flavoring added to the milk would help out if it didn't taste too good to you right out of the can. I like a little molasses in my milk. Yum. But I don't know that I'd pour my molasses milk over my cereal . . .

Andrew-I do not know of any powdered soy milks, but haven't looked for any either so they might exist, I just don't know of any.

April-Wade didn't like any of them. Imagine that. He mixed the leftovers from the better ones half and half with real 2% milk and then he'd drink it. Picky is an understatement ;)

We had 30 people try the milks over two days. Some didn't even try them all based on the reactions of the people in front of them in line, so I used the actual number of scores for each individual milk to figure the average. I know it's not a huge sample, but we live in a little town. :)

Anonymous said...

Have you tested Premium Instant Non-Fat Milk? Nitro-Pak claims that it is the best of them all.

Diana @ Grocery Cents said...

Thank you so much for this! I had to laugh at some of the comments of your testers.
We have been using our powdered milk for a few months of and on. With our Morning Moos my kids said, "Mom your homemade milk is better than the other kind." I wondered if it was just because they were being nice. =)
We just finished up a can of the LDS Cannery milk. The first gallon I made, my husband said it was too watery. So, I added 1/2 cup extra, and it tasted better. I have to admit, Morning Moo's tastes better. AND, regular milk is better that either of them. But, in a pinch, it hasn't bothered my family much to use powdered! Thanks again for your post.

The six of us! said...

Thank you for doing this. We have been wondering for a while which milk to purchase for drinking. By the way, how do you make cheese with powdered milk??? Can you email us with that info?

reelkmcn@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

awesome research! thank you for sharing all your effort.

:) jen b.

ReadyMom said...

GREAT, GREAT, great post! I've cross posted an intro w/ link on my EmergencyHomePreparation site! I'm just LOVING your blog! Well done! -k