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Three Tips for Making Powdered Milk Your Family Will Actually Drink

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The idea of saving money by making powdered milk may seem like a bit of a stretch. Sure, there are other ways you can save money, but when you have kids, milk can be one of your big ticket items at the grocery store.

For example, if you bought 6 gallons of milk a week at the average price per gallon ($3.70) you would spend $22.20 a week on milk. That’s $1,154.40 a year.

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A #10 can of powdered milk costs $11.63. The brand I buy makes 7.75 gallons of milk per can. That means a gallon of powdered milk costs $1.50. Let’s switch out the regular milk with powdered milk and we’re spending $9.00 a week on milk. That’s $468.00 a year or a savings of $686.40.

The Right Mix

Now, I’m not suggesting that you switch over to powdered milk completely. What I’m saying is to mix it half and half. Since you probably have a half-empty gallon of milk in the fridge you can start right away. Simply mix up enough powdered milk to fill that gallon back up. If you have a gallon that’s almost gone, open a new gallon, pour half of it into the empty gallon, and mix enough powdered milk to fill them both up. You’ve double the amount of milk in your fridge without a trip to the store. You will need to buy milk to replenish the fresh milk you’ve used, just save a couple containers for the next batch of milk cocktails.

While my family doesn’t particularly like the taste of powdered milk, they don’t notice the flavor is different as long as I do the half-and-half thing. In fact, no one has even noticed. Not even the discerning taste buds of my hubby have picked up on the change in our milk delivery.

Blending and Mixing

Texture is a big deal to kids and husbands alike. That’s why it’s so important that your milk be smooth, not lumpy. To get this important consistency, use a blender to mix your milk. Most dried milk products require that you mix warm water with the powder and then add the cold water. You can do this in your blender. You may end up with a bit of froth at the top, but don’t worry. When the milk gets cold, simply shake the jug a little and the bubbles disappear.

Storing the Milk

Discreetness is essential to tricking, I mean convincing, your family to try powdered milk. By now, your kids are probably conditioned to drink milk from a plastic jug that comes from the store. That’s why it is imperative that you store the mixed milk cocktails in original milk containers.  If their eyes tell them it’s just like always, their taste buds are likely to follow.

If you can’t remember which jugs are mixed and which ones are new, you can put a little dot on the top of the mixed milk. That will help you to keep things straight even if the jugs get shuffled in the fridge.

With these tried and true techniques, you’ll be on your way to saving money in no time. Now, what are you going to do with all your savings?

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Author: Christina Dymock

Award-winning author of The Hungry Family Slow-Cooker Cookbook, One Dirty Bowl, The Academic Bride, Undercover Engagement, Young Chefs, 101 Things to Do with Popcorn, and the Widow's Mite.

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