New to powdered milk and not sure how to use it? Here’s a guide about how to get the right ratio of milk powder to water, preventing clumping and also using milk powder in baked goods, coffee and more.
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What Is the Ratio of Powdered Milk to Water?
With most brands of nonfat powdered milk, the ratio is approximately 4 Tbsp. of powdered milk to 1 cup of water (or 1 cup of powdered milk per quart of water).
The following table will work as a general guide (we get into specific brands below)
|1 Cup||1 Cup||4 Tablespoons|
|3/4 Cup||3/4 Cup||3 Tablespoons|
|2/3 Cup||2/3 Cup||2 -1\2 Tablespoons|
|1/2 Cup||1/2 Cup||2 Tablespoons|
|1/3 Cup||1/3 Cup||1 -1\4 Tablespoons|
|1/4 Cup||1/4 Cup||1 Tablespoons|
Ratios can vary drastically between brands, especially if you are using whole-fat powdered milk or non-dairy milk powder.
Below I’ve included a chart of milk powder to water ratios for the most popular brands of powdered milk.
Tip: You don’t have to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when mixing powdered milk! Add more milk powder for creamier milk or add less for a thinner texture.
|Valley Food Storage (Nonfat)||1 Cup||4 Tablespoons|
|Legacy Food Storage (Nonfat)||1 Cup||3 Tablespoons|
|Augason Farms (Nonfat)||1 Cup||5 Tablespoons|
|Kesler Foods (Nonfat)||1 Cup||4 Tablespoons|
|Bob’s Red Mill (Nonfat)||1 Cup||2 -1\3 Tablespoons|
|NOW (nonfat)||1 Cup||3 Tablespoons|
|Anthony’s (whole milk)||1 Cup||4.8 Tablespoons|
|Hoosier (whole milk)||1 Cup||4.8 Tablespoons|
|Judee’s (whole milk)||1 Cup||5 - 8 Tablespoons|
|Anthony’s Coconut Milk Powder||1 Cup||8 Tablespoons|
|NOW Organic Soy Milk Powder||1 Cup||4 Tablespoons|
|Better than Milk Soy Milk Powder||1 Cup||2 Tablespoons|
|JOI Almond Milk Powder||1 Cup||1 - 2 Tablespoons|
Powdered Milk Is Clumping
It is best to mix the powdered milk and water in a blender. This should create a nice, lump-free texture.
If you don’t have a blender, then use this method to prevent clumping:
- Mix the milk powder with a small amount of hot water
- Mix it until you’ve got a nice smooth paste
- Add the remaining water (which can be hot or cold).
Baking with Milk Powder
When baking with powdered milk, you don’t have to pre-mix the milk. Instead, just add the milk powder to the dry ingredients. Then add the water to the wet ingredients.
Using Nonfat Milk Powder Instead of Whole Milk
To use nonfat milk powder instead of whole milk, just add 1 Tbsp. of neutral-tasting oil per 1 cup of mixed milk. This will replace the fat that was removed from the nonfat milk before drying.
Making Coffee Creamer with Powdered Milk
To make liquid coffee creamer out of powdered milk, just use ½ the amount of water when mixing. You can also just add the powdered milk directly into your coffee.
To prevent clumping, put the powdered milk into the cup first and then add a small amount of hot coffee. Stir into a paste and then add the rest of the coffee to the cup.
If you use nonfat milk powder to make your creamer, you might want to add a small dash of coconut oil to the coffee to get a creamier texture.
Making Evaporated Milk from Powdered Milk
Evaporated milk is just milk that has had half of its water removed from it. So, to make evaporated milk from powdered milk, you just need to use double the amount of powder when mixing. For example, to make 1 cup of evaporated milk, you’d use 8 Tbsp of milk powder instead of 4 Tbsp.