Food Storage: Powdered Milk Substitutes

So here’s a problem I frequently come across… I find a recipe that I really want to make, only to discover that it calls for buttermilk,  or sweetened condensed milk, or some other ingredient I don’t readily keep on hand. So I was thrilled to learn that powdered milk can be used to make a wonderful substitute for just about any “milk” item out there. Allow me to share these findings with you! 🙂

Powdered Milk Substitutes

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Whole Milk

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup powdered milk

Buttermilk or Sour Milk

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup powdered milk
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar or lemon juice
  • Directions: Mix well and allow to sit at least 5 minutes prior to use.

Evaporated Milk

  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup powdered milk

Whipped Evaporated Milk

  • 1 cup evaporated milk (see recipe above)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Directions: Thoroughly chill the evaporated milk. Add lemon juice and whip with a beater until stiff. Sweeten and flavor as desired. (Makes 3 cups)

Sweetened Condensed Milk

  • 3/4 cup non-instant (or 1 1/3 cups instant) powdered milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup HOT tap water
  • Directions: Place hot water in a blender. With blender going, add sugar and powdered milk. Blend until smooth. (Makes about 14 ounces)

“Eagle Brand” Sweetened Condensed Milk

  • 1 cup hot water
  • 4 cups powdered milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Directions: Blend in a blender very well. Can be stored in the refrigerator or frozen.

Hope this helps any of you who may find yourself in a tight spot as well! And don’t forget to stock up on powdered milk!