A reader contacted me and asked if she could use old powdered milk in garden compost. It was a great question, so I did some quick research.
It’s not recommended to put dairy products in compost. They can attract vermin. I don’t know 100% certain if the same could be said of milk powder, especially considering this reader’s milk was about 30 years old. Whoever gave it to her evidently didn’t know what to do with it either.
If it were in my possession, I’d be inclined to experiment with a small amount in compost separate from my regular compost. Or I might scatter it in a plot of weeds. It seems such a shame to throw it away.
Powdered milk might lose some flavor as it gets old, but it can still be used in recipes that call for milk. It’s probably not very good to drink.
It’s wise to keep dry milk free from moisture. But if it has been exposed to moisture and is clumpy, put the lumps in a plastic bag and smash them with a hammer.
Whether you’ve got dry milk that’s old, or whether you’ve just purchased some for your survival pantry, you’ll be interested in Peggy Layton’s Cookin’ with Powdered Milk.
It’s a spiral bound book that includes all you need to know about cooking with powdered milk. It contains reconstituting charts, info on how much powdered milk to store, how to make yogurt and several cheeses, and dozens of pages with recipes. Many have been tested by the USDA and U.S. Dairy council.
Peggy Layton has written several books on food storage from a hands-on point of view. She’s well known for her writing and talks on bulk storage food preparation.
If you’re ready for powdered milk cooking solutions in your survival kitchen, get Cookin’ with Powdered Milk, by Peggy Layton. Click on the book’s title wherever you see it in this post. You’ll be taken to the page where it’s featured. Then add it to your cart.
Now you can store dry milk without worry and use it wisely.