Everyday Uses For Powdered Milk Food Storage

There are many everyday uses for powdered milk. Powdered reconstituted milk from your food storage can be used to make whole milk, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, butter milk and more.  Powered milk is a real power house in your pantry!

Every Day Uses For Powdered Milk

How Much Powdered Milk Should You Store?

While 16 pounds of powdered milk for an adult would provide about 1 glass of milk a day for a year, it wouldn’t allow an for cooking.   Additionally, children would need more to meet their daily requirements.

According to the LDS Food Storage Calculator a year’s supply of dairy would come in at 30 pounds for an adult.

Thrive Life Powdered Milk

I store and use Thrive Life powdered milk. Unlike many other brands I’ve tried, Thrive’s powdered milk tastes good. No. Really. It does! Here’s how you can order Thrive Life Freeze Dried Food.

Uses For Powdered Milk (Instant)

At our house, Instant Milk powder is for drinking because it dissolves instantly in water at any temperature. Instant Milk was also specifically developed for it’s flavor.

Some people add a little bit of sugar and vanilla extract to their reconstituted milk. Interestingly, I haven’t felt the need to do that with Thrive Powdered Milk. I do always serve it cold.

Prep Instructions

Mix Instant Milk powder with water using the proportions below [add more or less powder to suit individual tastes]. Store in fridge; for best taste, refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before drinking.

3 tbsp. powder + 1 c. water = 1 c. milk

3/4 c. powder + 4 c. water = 1 qt milk

3 c. powder + 16 c. water = 1 gal. milk

Non-fat Powdered Milk

Non Fat Powdered Milk is best used for baking, although you could certainly use it for drinking too, it just takes longer to blend up.   You don’t need to mix the milk up before adding it to recipes; just add the milk powder to the dry ingredients and the necessary water to the wet ingredients.

If you choose to use Non-Fat Powdered Milk as your drinking milk, you can make mixing easier by using a blender or a *this post contains affiliate links mixing pitcher like this one from Rubbermaid.


Prep Instructions

Mix Nonfat Powdered Milk with water using the proportions below. Refrigerate once reconstituted.

3/4 tbsp. powder + 1/4 c. water = 1/4 c. milk

1 tbsp. powder + 1/3 c. water = 1/3 c. milk

1 1/2 tbsp. powder + 1/2 c. water = 1/2 c. milk

3 tbsp. powder + 1 c. water = 1 c. milk

Fresh Equivalent

3 tbsp. powder + 1 c. water = 1 c. milk

Let’s take a look at the first recipe that uses powdered milk, shall we?

Sweetened Condensed Milk

I cringe at the price of sweetened condensed milk these days. We can save a small fortune by taking a few minutes to whip it up from scratch.

Add the following ingredients to your blender:

1/2 cup of hot water
1 c. of powdered milk powder
1 c. of sugar
1 T. of butter

Blend until very smooth.

Evaporated Milk

Whisk together the following:

Mix 1 1/2 c. water
1/2 c. + 1 T. powdered milk powder

Whisk together thoroughly and add to any recipe calling for evaporated milk.

Buttermilk

Mix the following:

Mix up 1 cup of powdered milk. Add 1 T. lemon juice or vinegar to the milk. Stir it in and wait for 5 minutes.
Viloa’!  Buttermilk alternative!

Whipped “Cream”

In addition to the above, you can make whipped cream with powdered milk.  Start by adding 1 Cup Ice-Cold water and 1 Cup powdered milk to the bowl of your stand mixer. Whip the mixture until it’s nice and fluffy.

Next, add a bit of sugar and a splash of vanilla extract to taste. Finally, continue to beat until the mixture has thickened.

Homemade Coffee Creamer

In a blender, pulse 1 Cup Powdered Milk, 1 Cup Powdered Sugar and 1 Tablespoon melted Coconut Oil, until the coconut oil is blended in.

Make Your Own Chocolate Pudding Mix

Those little boxes of pudding are expensive. Most people don’t realize that you can make your own chocolate pudding mix.

Master Mix Recipe

Combine 1 Cup good quality Cocoa Powder, 1/2 Cup Corn Starch, 1/2 Cups Sugar and 1 Teaspoon Salt in an air tight container.

Making Chocolate Pudding

When you would like to make a batch of pudding, add 1/2 Cup of pudding mix to 2 Cups of Reconstituted Milk from your powdered milk storage.

In  a pan over medium heat and whisk until the pudding mix and reconstituted powdered milk until it  comes to a boil.  It’s important to keep whisking so your pudding doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pan.

Continue whisking as your remove the pan from the heat.  Whisk until pudding mixture thickens.

Transfer mixture into a bowl and refrigerate for an hour.

Homemade Milk Bath

Finally, an everyday use for powdered milk is Milk Bath!   Our Homemade Herbal Milk Bath Recipe is a skin softening, relaxing delight.

Even MORE Everyday Uses For Powdered Milk

What are YOUR favorite everyday uses for powdered milk?

How To Order Thrive Freeze Dried Food

Are you looking to stock a deep pantry?  Do you like the idea of being able to have healthy, money saving food storage with up to a 25 year shelf life?  Terrific! This post on How To Order Thrive Freeze Dried Food is for you!

How To Order Thrive Freeze Dried Food

 

 

Why Order Thrive Freeze Dried Food?

There is so much buzz lately about grocery stores that deliver groceries to you door.  Thrive Life has been delivering quality groceries, right to your door, for years now.  Groceries that won’t spoil or go to waste as they wait for you to get to them.  You can even get FREE shipping!

I love how Thrive Life Groceries are ready to go when I am, with no washing, chopping, peeling or browning necessary!  Score!  Taco Tuesday has never been easier.

Most importantly, I know that in case of disaster, I will be able to feed my family from my Long Term Food Storage Plan. 

What Are The Perks Of Becoming A Preferred Customer?

Ah.  I love this part.  So many opportunities to save money come with being a Preferred Customer and signing up for a monthly delivery service.

1. Free Shipping

Preferred Customers get free shipping on all Preferred items when they spend at least $100 in the delivery service! Just look for the Preferred Customer icon next to qualifying products.

2. Get 3% Back

For every $100 you spend on a delivery, you’ll get $3 back in Grocery points! Let your points rack up, and use them on any purchases outside of your deliveries.

3. Shop Early

Shop Black Friday and Spring Sale deals a day before everyone else! These sales are always while supplies last, which means you’ll get hot products before they sell out.

4.Monthly Savings

Get a monthly coupon to save on a popular item!   No limit on the amount of coupon products you can order either.  Not like the grocery stores that limit how many coupons you can use!

I’m Skeptical About Automatic Delivery Services.

Oh, I get that.  But, with Thrive Life,  you can skip or cancel any upcoming deliveries before the processing date.

Okay.  I’m In!  How Do I Become A Preferred Customer?

There are two ways:

Get a FREE membership by committing to 3 deliveries within 90 days (at least one order every 30 days).

You can select this option during the setup process for your delivery service.

or

Pay a one-time fee of $79 through the delivery service.
If selected, it will be charged after completion of delivery setup.

How To Order Thrive Freeze Dried Food

You can go here to create your customer account and delivery service. 

I’m Signed Up, Now What?

Once you have signed up to order Thrive Freeze Dried Food,  you’ll be asked to choose your meal plan.  You can choose from Simple Plate meals (think Blue Apron type meals, but freeze dried), grocery (this is what I do) or a combination of both.

How To Order Thrive Freeze Dried Food

Fill up your grocery cart with the items you love the most!  You’ll be asked when you’d like your monthly grocery orders to ship.  Then you’ll check out and VIOLA! Groceries to your door step.

What If I Just Want To Place A Single Order?

I totally understand.  You can simply place a single order through my Thrive Life website.  Please make sure my name, Tammy Hodson, is in the upper right hand corner of your screen.  I build my food storage when others order through me.

Thrive Life Delivery Service Video

Confused?  Here’s a step by step video tutorial on ordering.  Or, feel free to email me at hods6mom@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you!

The CDC Wants You To Prepare For Nuclear Attack

With what feels like retro vibes from the 1950’s, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) has announced a January 16th presentation to teach the public how to  prepare for nuclear attack. Am I the only one hearing the theme to the Twilight Zone playing in the background?

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/09/magnitude-7-point-8-earthquake-strikes-caribbean-tsunami-waves-possible-usgs.html

Steps To Take To Prepare For A Nuclear Strike

Though nuclear detonation is unlikely, it could have devastating effects, and there would be limited time to take the steps necessary to protect our families.  This makes preparing before hand vital.

First, forget every Hollywood movie you’ve ever seen on the topic of nuclear war. The apocalyptic wasteland throughout the country stuff.   Unless you are at Ground Zero of a nuclear strike, there are steps you can take to survive.  But, you’ve got to know what to do immediately after an attack.  The biggest loss of life could come from simply not knowing what to do after a strike.

Who Is At The Greatest Risk Of A Nuclear Strike?

Do you live in a large city like Washington, D.C.?  New York?  Los Angeles?  Are you near a large military base?   These are the types of places more likely to be the target of a nuclear strike.

Be Prepared To Shelter In Place

If you have a basement, that is where you will want to be.  If not, then stay in the most central part of your home,  located away from the direction that the wind is blowing if possible.

Seal off all windows, doors, vents and chimneys. Duct tape, garbage bags and tarps will be your friends.  Store plenty.  Turn off heating and air conditioners that pull in outside air into the home.  Unseal your home after the fall out cloud has passed.

What If You Are Caught Outside?

  • Find something to cover your mouth and nose, that you can still breath through.  Having one of  *this post contains affiliate links these on hand, or in your EDC bag would be excellent.
  • Move to a shelter, basement, or other underground area, preferably located away from the direction that the wind is blowing.
  • Decontaminate if possible by showering and changing clothes before you enter the shelter.

No Lights. No Water.  Now What?

Plan as though there will be no utilities after a nuclear strike.  Do you have at least a 14 day supply (three weeks would be better!) of water and food?   How about ways to keep warm or cool depending on the weather?    How will you see when it gets dark?  Do not drink water from open water supplies.

Stock Up On Emergency Food

Consider a supply of foods that don’t require cooking, or refrigeration.  If you’d like to kick it up a notch, invest in a butane stove and freeze dried meals that only need hot water to finish off.  Do not eat local fresh food.

What Goes In Must Come Out

Products such as the *this post contains affiliate links Luggable Loo Portable Toilet allow you a place to relieve yourself, and a way to dispose of your offerings.  BTW, if you have pets you’ll need to have a way for them to relieve themselves as well.

A Checklist to Survive a Nuclear Attack

News From The Outside

An emergency radio is going to be a must, in order to receive the latest updates after a nuclear attack.   This Kaito Emergency Radio allows you to charge it using solar, battery, crank, and through a wall plug.  You can also charge cell phones with it.

Potassium Iodide

You can learn more of the whys and hows of this product in this post.   Remember, only the IOSAT brand is approved to protect your thyroid gland.  As talks heats up about the potential of a nuclear war, I expect IOSAT to either go up in price or become really hard to get.  Now would be the time to stock up.

Have A Good First Aid Kit On Hand

Be prepared to handle your family’s medical needs after a nuclear attack, including a supply of any prescription medications they may be on.  A comprehensive first aid kit will come in handy too.  Think about adding a few compression bandages and a book on first aid medicine as well.

Protecting Your Lungs From Potential Nuclear Fallout

With it’s NBC protection rating, an Israeli gas mask will protect your lungs in case you needed to leave your shelter before the ‘all clear’ was given.

Another option, without as great of protection,  would include putting a wet cloth or towel over your mouth and nose.

If you are concerned about needing to leave your shelter early,  you may want to stock a few disposable Tyvek suits and protective gloves.

Knowledge Is Power.  Preparation Brings Peace.

Take the time to make these preparations now, not because nuclear war is imminent, but because there is no reason not to have the basic preps for any emergency on hand anyway.

When people are knowledgeable about emergencies like a nuclear strike,  they are able to act in a calmer and more efficient manner.  If you are interested in learning more about how to survive a nuclear attack, I highly recommend the book, Nuclear War Survival Skills: Lifesaving Nuclear Facts and Self -Help Instructions.  

 

 

Beginning Prepper’s Wish List: Christmas Gift Ideas For Emergency Preparedness

Our Beginning Prepper’s Wish List is a great place to start shopping for someone new to prepping. Or perhaps you want to start getting your family’s 72 Hour Kits together. You’ll find our favorite stuff here on our Beginning Prepper’s Wishlist!  Heck, even experienced Preppers may discover some must have gear to make surviving Armageddon more fun.

*this post contains affiliate links

Beginning Prepper's Wish List


*this post contains affiliate links

Beginning Prepper’s Wish List:  Water

A couple of *this post contains affiliate links 7 Gallon Reliance Products AquaTainer Ridged Water Containers would get a Beginning Prepper’s emergency water storage on the right track!

These Datrex emergency water packets  are just the thing to get you through 72 hours with your 3 Day Kits. I like these because they can mold themselves around other items in your bug out bag.

Blue Can Pure Water allows a Beginning Prepper to have a safe, great tasting emergency water supply that will last for FIFTY years!  No chlorine, no fluoride, no BPA.  Blue Can Pure Water can get take the heat and STILL taste great!

Finally, both aLifestraw personal water filter and a Lifestraw family sized water filter are just the thing for a Beginning Preppers Wish List!  I have both the personal Life Straw and the Family Sized Life Straw as part of my preps.

RELATED   How To Choose The Best Water Filter For Your Family

In case you are like me, an over achiever in the worry department, the Sunflair Water Pasteurization Indicator is a nifty little item that will allow you to double check if your water is safe to drink.

Let There Be Light

I have a fear of trying to survive an emergency in the pitch black.  Many emergencies happen at night, therefore having a solid stash of lighting possibilities in my emergency kits is a must.  Our Beginning  Prepper’s Wish List has some some great ideas for you!

The Amerelle 71134CC Slimline Power Failure Lite is an emergency light that comes on when the power goes out.  A necessity for blackouts, storms, disasters, and over achieving worriers.

Every survivalist will love a Peak Plus Super Bright LED  tactical flashlight.  It is just the right size for keeping beside the bed, in the glove compartment of a car or in a 72 hour kit.

Light weight and collapsible, my favorite Eteckcity LED Outdoor Lanterns are a standard for every beginning prepper.  Don’t forget  extra Amazon Basics AA batteries!  Or am I the only one who does that?

A MPOWERD Luci Inflatable Solar Light will rock the world of ANY Prepper.  Seriously.

Take a gander at a Goal Zero Torch With Integrated Solar Panel.  A flashlight with a built in solar panel! What’s not to love?

Charging Bricks

During the recent hurricanes people relied on their cell phones for important emergency information.  But once the power went out, so did the opportunity to recharge those phones.  Mophie Powerstation 8x Dual USB External Battery for Smartphones and Tablets will recharge most phones up to 8 times!  You can even recharge two phones at once!

Emergency Food Storage and Stove

Emergencies make me hungry.  What about you?  Our Beginning Prepper’s Wish List can help you satisfy those munchies!

You can take a Gas One GS 3000 Portable Gas Stove  camping OR use it inside to cook a quick meal. Yes, you read that correctly.  This Butane fueled emergency stove can be used in doors!  Grab some extra butane too!

When a Beginning Prepper has hot water, they can make a hot meal using Mountain House freeze dried foods.Just pour the hot water right into the bag and ta-da! dinner is served!

 

The Gift Of Food Preservation

Dehydrating your own food is a terrific skill for a beginning Prepper that reduces the cost of building a stash of long term food storage.  Imagine being able to preserve your own food simply and inexpensively.

I got started dehydrating with a Nesco Dehydrator, which is one of the more inexpensive options available.

When my dehydrating habit…..er……..skills increased, I added an Excalibur to the family.  Excalibur’s heat from the back to the font, which allows all the shelves to dry without needed to rotate trays.  The square trays of the Excalibur makes it easier to get more food on a tray too.

A favorite book on how to dehydrate food can be found in The Ultimate Dehydrator Book.  Mine has become like an old friend, as I refer to it so often.

Staying Warm On Our Beginning Prepper’s Wish List

Emergency Sleeping Bag.  Made out of a thermal blanket material, the TACT Bivvy by Survival Frog provides a tear-resistant, water proof, weather-resistant protection that you can climb into just like a sleeping bag.

Military Grade, Heavy, Washable Wool Blanket.   Wool is antibacterial, temperature regulating and water proof.

Zippo Hand Warmers have the ability to provide gentle warmth for 12 hours.

Survive the cold of winter with a Portable, Indoor-Safe Radiant Heater like Mr. Heater.  I always think better when my teeth aren’t chattering.  Freezing through an emergency isn’t necessary when preparations have been made in advance.

Face Masks and Emergency Medical Kits

RELATED How To Choose The Best Emergency Face Mask

I love the Cambridge N99 Washable Respirator, and it’s ability to go for up to 300 hours before the filter needs to be changed.   Lab tested British military filtration technology filters almost 100% of pollution, gases, bacteria and viruses.  The Turquoise is my favorite!  What’s yours?

Here is a simple medical kit to add to add to your emergency vehicle kit.

Here’s a first aid kit to hang off of your 72 Hour Kit for quick and easy access.

 

RELATED: The Best Essential Oils For Medical Kits Survivalists

Other Really Great Stuff On Our Beginning Prepper’s Wish List

Spyderco’s Deica4 Light Weight Plain Edge Knife is the perfect Every Day Carry knife.

How about a  camping/survival knife  from our Beginning Preppers Wish List that will last for a generation or two, the Ka-Bar BK-22 Becker. Uh……Santa?  If you are reading this, I’ve been a very good girl……

Does your Beginning Prepper need a way to keep their new knife sharp?  A Lansky BladeMedic is a great choice for a knife sharpener light weight enough to fit into a Bug Out Bag.

World’s Loudest Emergency Whistle.  No 72 hour kit would be complete without the ability to let people know where you are.

The Holidays are a wonderful time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new.  I hope your New Year includes the peace that being prepared brings.   Merry Christmas!