December 13, 2011

Food Storage Review: Milk Mixing Pitcher


You never know when there will be a problem with our milk supply, so I've been using non-instant dry milk more and more these days in my cooking and baking. And so far my kids haven't even noticed! And, if you use it for baking and not drinking, you rotate it slowly.


I use the non-instant dry milk from the LDS Home Storage Centers. Don't get confused with instant milk. Hopefully yours isn't sitting on your shelf unused. I have to admit that I prefer not to drink it, but it is perfect in any recipe that calls for milk, and using this 2-quart Mixing Pitcher makes it so easy!

We've used this pitcher to mix lemonade mix and pancakes too. Just make the amount you need and pump, pump, pump to get the lumps out. So easy! No electricity. No whisk. At $6.99 each from Augason Farms, it's reasonably priced too. I probably wouldn't use this pitcher to mix a small amount like 1 cup of milk. But if you need 2 cups or more milk in waffles and some other recipes, then use it.

I only make enough milk needed for each recipe. At first I tried to mix a quart and keep it in the refrigerator until I needed it, but I found I was throwing it out. You could add dry milk to dry ingredients in most baking recipes and the water to reconstitute to your liquid ingredients. But some recipes like my Hash Brown Egg Bake recipe work best with liquid milk that you pour on top.

Go to Crystal's EveryDayFood Storage site to read useful information about powdered milk.
And for her dry milk conversion chart go here. Just hang it in a kitchen cupboard! Or order her magnetic chart.

6 comments:

  1. I mix mine half and half with regular 2% milk and can't hardly even notice the taste - makes my milk last twice as long and has helped stretch out budget.

    But I have a personal question for you - do you think it's worth it? A mixing pitcher? It only takes me seconds to mix dry milk with a whisk an add to my half full milk carton. Shake once or twice before severing and viola! I have been considering one of those but am not convinced its worth cost plus shipping - when a whisk only takes a minute.

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  2. I love my LDS Home Storage milk and just picked up more yesterday at the Richmond, VA center. I use it for all my milk needs.

    - Rita

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  3. Thanks for your comments. My dry milk is older, so I like to pump it. I will try it with a whisk, but in the past it clings to the whisk. Is your milk non-instant or instant?

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  4. I have both - the instant from the store and the non-instant from my local cannery. In all fairness though the milk I have been mixing has been an old supply of the "instant' store bought stuff I have been trying to rotate through....

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  5. Does the built in mixer spin when you push down the plunger to mix the powder and water?

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    1. No, Janice. It pumps or pushes up and down.

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