Powdered milk is a food storage staple, but did you know that it can be used besides being a milk drink? This powder is extremely versatile. You can make anything, including whipped topping to cottage cheese to a face mask! Here’s what you can do with powdered milk:
1. Whipped topping
Powdered milk may not be able to replicate real whipped cream, but it can suffice. Plus, making your own out of powdered milk makes a guilt-free whipped cream that you need for your crepes or any sweet snack or dessert. Mix equal parts of ice water and powdered milk. Whip it with an electric beater for a few minutes until fluffy. Add a touch of lemon juice, a little sugar, and a little bit vanilla. Beat it until it’s thick like whipped topping.
2. Hot chocolate
Hot chocolate is one of the most comforting drinks out there, and one ingredient that can make it extra tasty is powdered milk. Combine equal parts of powdered milk, sugar, cocoa powder, and there you have it – instant hot chocolate! Just pour hot water, mix, and serve. Play around with the exact quantities according to your taste.
3. Condensed milk
Condensed milk is a key ingredient for different kinds of sweet treats. While it’s always readily available at grocery stores, most people don’t keep one on their stock unless they really need to use one. So if you’re suddenly in need of condensed milk, you can simply use powdered milk to save yourself a trip to the grocery store for that one missing ingredient. Mix it up with water, butter, sugar, and vanilla extract, and you can make your own sweetened condensed milk .
4. Evaporated milk
Evaporated milk is a bit similar to condensed milk, except that it’s thinner and unsweetened. It’s great for making creamy sauces. To whip up your own evaporated milk, pour 1 ½ cup of water to your blender and add ½ cup and a tablespoon of powdered milk. Blend it until smooth.
Yes, you can make curds out of powdered milk. Mix two parts water and one part powdered milk and bring it to a boil. Remove from heat and drizzle in a teaspoon of white vinegar for each cup of water you used. Stir the mixture lightly and let it stand until it separates. Then, line a sieve with layers of clean cheesecloth, and pour the mixture to strain out excess liquids. Rinse the curds in cold water.
To make ricotta out of powdered milk, do the instructions to make curds above. Then, blend the curds to make the texture smooth and creamy. Add herbs or spices, or serve with bread or crackers.
7. Cottage cheese
Cottage cheese is added to lasagnas and other baked goods, or as toppings for toast or even cornbread. To make homemade cottage cheese with powdered milk, make curds. Now, once it’s ready, take a scoop and stir it to a small amount of evaporated milk. Keep adding small amounts of evaporated milk until you reach your desired consistency.
8. Milk bath
Milk baths are used for making skin feel soft and smooth, as they can slough off dead skin cells. You can make yourself a milk bath using powdered milk, too! You only need to add it to your bath water to have a nice soak.
9. Face mask
Making a homemade facial mask out of simple powdered milk is a way to take advantage of the moisturizing power of milk. Take some powdered milk and put it in a small bowl. Add just a small amount of water to make a thick paste. Using clean hands, apply the paste to your face. Relax and let it dry for 20 minutes and rinse. It can both moisturize and clean your face wonderfully.
10. Shaving cream
Yes, you can use powdered milk as a shaving cream substitute. If you’re in a pinch and you’re out of shaving cream, combine powdered milk with enough water to make a thick and creamy texture. Apply as you would shave.