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Powdered Milk For Your Preps; Which One Should I Pick and Why?


Mentioning powdered milk often gets a curl of the lip at the mere thought of drinking it.

However, powdered milk has more uses than just drinking, which makes it essential as an addition to your food storage.  In this article I plan to share the different types of milk that can be purchased, their nutritional benefits, shelf life, and ways to make them more drinkable if you just can’t stand the taste.

Nutritional Facts:

  • Powdered milk is produced by extracting water and fat from pasteurized milk, and has the following added:  vitamins and minerals such as A,D,E, K,  magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium and phosphorous.
  • Vitamin A is beneficial for your vision, immune system, reproductive system, and aides in cellular growth.
  • Vitamin D helps your bones, joints, and heart.  It also helps your intestines to absorb calcium and phosphorous.
  • Vitamin K aides in proper blood clotting.
  • Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects cell membrane and stimulates your body’s immune response to disease.
  • Powdered Milk contains a carbohydrate called lactose.  Lactose aides’ diabetics because it doesn’t increase blood glucose levels and digests more slowly than glucose.  If you are Lactose Intolerant you may have a hard time with powdered milk and might want to find another source of vitamins and calcium.
  • Milk, much like red meat, contains 20 different amino acids required to maintain proper health of the human body.

Powdered Milk is produced by removing most of the water through a drying process.  Back in the day, this was done by drum drying.  This process was accomplished by applying a thin layer of milk to a heated drum and once the water had evaporated, the dry milk particles were scraped off the drum.  However, this method tends to create a cooked flavor due to over-exposure to heat.

Today a process known as spray drying is used.  This process is done by taking pasteurized milk in an evaporator to approximately 50% milk solids.  The concentrated milk is then sprayed into a heat chamber where the water evaporates almost instantly, leaving fine particles of milk powder.  (Information found here.)

Different Types of Milk Powder:

  • Whole Milk Powder;  Between 26% and 40% milk fat with no more than 5% moisture.
  • Skim Milk Powder and Non-Fat dry milk;  Contains 1.5% or less milk fat and 5% or less of moisture.
  • Buttermilk Powder;  Buttermilk powder is made from buttermilk that is churned, pasteurized and condensed.  It has 4.5 percent milk fat and less than 5% moisture.


According to the Latter-Day saints food storage chart, if stored properly, dehydrated milk powder can last 20 years or longer in your food storage.


Powdered Milk can be used in many ways:  any recipe that calls for milk, for drinking, and even making cheese and sour cream! (Click here for ways to make it taste better.)  One VERY popular *secret* to making milk breads, is to use powdered milk verses real milk.  (Milk conversion chart)  I also came across a woman’s experiment with different brands of powdered milk that was a very interesting read.  (Click here to read this article.)  According to her ratings, there was a toss-up between these 3 brands, Provident Pantry, Morning Moo’s and Country Cream.  Below are links to these powdered milk brands if you want to give them a try.  I was surprised to find in her experiment that the LDS powdered milk was rated the worst as far as taste is concerned.  That is primarily what we store in our food storage.  Don’t throw it all out though because it can still be used for cooking. For 9 ways to make the powdered milk you drink taste better, click here.

Morning Moo’s:

Provident Pantry:

Country Cream:


I hope with this article you become a little more excited about the thought of powdered milk in your pantry/food storage.  No powder milk can ever compare to whole, real milk, but it doesn’t have to be all that bad with the right brand and preparation of the milk.  Good luck on your journey to find the powdered milk your family prefers.  Please feel free to leave your experience, preference and ideas in the comment section below.  We love to hear from you!!


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27 Comments on "Powdered Milk For Your Preps; Which One Should I Pick and Why?"

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  1. Holly says:

    Here’s a taste test done this year for about 10 different brands of instant milk–Thrive was chosen to taste the most like fresh milk.

    It is my #1 choice for taste and ease of mixing, and I’ve tasted quite a few different brands through the years.  I’ve never been a fan until Thrive.   Let me know if you’d like a discount when ordering. 

    Morning Moo’s is also very good…it’s just harder to mix since you need hot water to reconstitute.

    And the best way I’ve found to mix up your milk is to buy one of those pitchers that has a mixing plunger built right into it…SOOOO easy to mix!

  2. Thank you, my wife asked me about this very thing a week ago!

  3. I agree, thank you for info. I consider storing Nestle’s Quik essential in making powdered milk palatable. My kids also like mixing the fruit juice mix from the LDS canneries with the milk to make a ‘poor man’s’ orange julius.

  4. Ben Dover says:

    So, which one is the whole milk powder and how long will it keep?

  5. Barbara Daca says:

    The best way to have powdered milk is 1 cup powdered milk, 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup chocolate frosting…mix together in an edible play dough. Kids can make their own cookie creations and it makes a great tea time dessert!

  6. Joe says:

    It will taste much better if mixed about 1.5 strength. Part of the issue is regular strength is too watery. Use the powder unreconstituted in coffee–not like cream or whole milk, but much much better than reconstituted.

  7. Stealth Spaniel says:

    I use powdered milk for my lattes, cooking, and when super cold-drinking. I buy mine from Costco; the brand is Food for Health. It works out to about 10 cents a serving. It uses 1 mylar bag to 8 ounces of water:I usually mix the first 4 ounces of water with the milk using my stick hand blender. After it is well mixed, I add the 2nd 4 ounces and continue to mix. I never have a problem with lumps, unmixed milk, etc. It saves me a ton of money and I never have to run out for milk!

  8. Personally, I find Provident Pantry’s milk to be quite pleasant especially compared to the store brand.  Price is also right – we use powdered milk to offset the cost buying real milk at the store. 

  9. Have you ever heard of a non-dairy powered milk?

  10. Dang! I forget all these comments get published directly to the article – Sorry JG!

  11. i have not, but i can look into it. have you?

  12. Michael Molnar, The morning “Morning Moo” drink mixes from Augason Farms that JG mentioned in her article – are Non Dairy Powdered Milk Alternatives. And very highly rated I might add.

  13. There is also “Better Than Milk Original Vegan Soy Powder Non Dairy Drink Mix” that is available through that I have heard from a few of my vegan friend is quite good. I am not a fan of soy products but it is another option.

  14. There is also “Better Than Milk Original Vegan Soy Powder Non Dairy Drink Mix” that is available through that I have heard from a few of my vegan friend is quite good. I am not a fan of soy products but it is another option.

  15. Thanks for the feedback. :)

  16. Thanks for the feedback. :)

  17. i dont mind at all Steph :)

  18. however i do have morning moo listed on mylistof cans to buy lol

  19. Hard Boiled says:

    I was raised on government cheese, powdered milk, and good old processed canned meat. we ate lots of beans, rice, and homemade breads, soups, and stews. i have become numb to the bad taste of powdered milk, and i adore those damn powdered government eggs. ROFL!!

  20. Lou (Linda) says:

    I have utilized powdered milk many times on overseas mission trips in countries areas where fresh milk isn’t available. In addition to the other tips in the link for making it taste best, I have one more. Add some non-dairy creamer to it for a fuller richer flavor. I do that with a few drops of vanilla and serve it cold for drinking in addition to using it for baking, etc. I fed this stuff to high school kids and they often thought it was the real deal. :-)

  21. Heather Mcintyre says:

    We always make up milk and leave for 30 mins to develop full flavour. We feed the full milk powder to our baby orphan lambs and they are thriving very well on it