I keep powdered milk on hand for several reasons. First of all, for emergency purposes. When I say emergency purposes, I don’t mean just tanking of the economy, leading to cleared off grocery shelves. My version of an emergency also includes realizing on Sunday night your husband will not have enough milk for his beloved morning cereal. I end up amending what milk I already have with powdered milk, and no one ever notices.
I’ve also been using powdered milk to make my homemade yogurt thicker, and to make DIY Hamburger Helper mix. And I’ll use it as a base for homemade hot chocolate mix for Sunday School teacher gifts. Basically, powdered milk is a pantry staple for me, but is expensive in most grocery stores, but not at Aldi. When a local Food Lion was going out of business, I bought a giant box of powdered milk at 75 percent off, but after it’s all gone, I’ll get mine at Aldi.
The most clever way I use powdered milk is to concoct my own evaporated milk. It takes just a few seconds to make. Just take:
1 cup of water
2/3 cups of powdered milk
Mix together, and you have evaporated milk! This is a money saver, and one less thing I have to buy each year to make my pumpkin pies and other desserts.
I love kitchen tricks like this, as a way to save money.