We are a family of milk lovers, and though someday we’d love to own (or co-own) a dairy cow, until then we needed to address our need for milk (and yogurt) in our long term food storage. I found an excellent comparison of various powdered milk products on the market at Food Storage and Survival and selected two products for purchase. I bought a #10 can of each to try out before we bought a large quantity:
1) Nestle Nido, a powdered whole milk available in many Hispanic groceries and on Amazon. At $14.84 for 3.52 lb container, it made 3 1/2 gallons at $4.24 a gallon.
2) Provident Pantry’s Instant Nonfat Fortified Milk available at Emergency Essentials. At $14.00 for a 2.65 lb container, making 3 gallons, it costs $4.67 a gallon plus shipping.
We also plan to purchase a brand of powdered milk available in our grocery stores at a lower cost. Since we’re still able to purchase milk for less than $3.00/gallon (last year I only bought it when it was $2.00 or less), we will not be replacing our regular milk, but will pull these products into the rotation occasionally. (We do also freeze milk–removing a little from each jug–when it can be bought a very good price.)
I purchased a FoodSaver last year through Craigslist, but was reluctant to purchase a jar sealer to go with it because the descriptions and photos made it unclear whether the sealer used regular canning lids or if one sealer was needed for each jar. I’m very pleased to report that the vacuum sealer utilized regular canning lids, which can be opened and resealed repeatedly as long as they’re gently removed. This allowed me to open and sample the powered milk, repackaging and sealing the contents in smaller portions for future use. The Provident Pantry milk has not yet come in the mail, so I will update this post with a taste comparison at a later date.
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