Dry Milk and Substitutes

When developing recipes I often call for dry milk (powdered milk) in them. Why though? It adds nutrition – extra calories. Body and creaminess. A little powdered milk in your rice dishes will finish it off. It is a lightweight ingredient that is easy to use!

We do get asked if one can use substitutions and yes, you can! There is alternatives out there for almost everyone these days. About the only recipes you can’t do a sub is with instant pudding mixes. You really need dairy dry milk to get best results. Otherwise all of the alternatives work great. And these days there are plenty of alternatives out there!

One thing to remember is that the higher the fat, the better tasting your finished recipe will be. Nido is by far the most popular dry milk for hikers – it is 26% fat, meaning it is like heaven in your coffee! Puddings are rich and creamy. Often Nido can be found in Super Wal-mart grocery sections and at Hispanic grocery stores. Non fat dry milk can be found in most grocery stores in the baking aisle. Non fat works fine but won’t produce as rich of a result. For storage non fat stores fine in your cupboard but Nido does best in the refrigerator for long term storage once opened.

For the alternatives, when there is a choice in plain or vanilla think this: plain for savory, vanilla for breakfast or sweet items. Coconut cream powder doesn’t taste overly coconut nor sweet and works for both savory and sweet dishes. It is high in fat, working perfectly for cold weather trips. In curries it is what finishes it. With your morning mocha? Delicious!

Dairy Milk Powder:
Full fat:
Nestle Nido Milk Powder
Non Fat:
Organic Valley Organic Nonfat Dry Milk Powder

Bob’s Red Mill Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder

Soy Milk Powder:
Better Than Milk Vegan Beverage Mix, Soy, Original

Better Than Milk Vegan Beverage Mix, Soy, Vanilla

Better Than Milk Vegan Beverage Mix, Soy, Light

Rice Milk Powder:
Better Than Milk Vegan Beverage Mix, Rice, Original

Better Than Milk Vegan Beverage Mix, Rice, Vanilla

Coconut Cream Powder:

Sold in most Asian grocery stores, often in foil packets of 1.76 to 2 ounces. It isn’t dairy free though, buyer beware – it contains a small amount of casein.

We sell it in TrailCooking’s store as well.

Another source for it: Wilderness Family Naturals.

Powdered Goat Milk:
Meyenberg Powdered Goat Milk

Meyenberg Powdered Goat Milk, 4-Ounce Pouches

Almond Milk Powder:

Not easily found but can be sourced in large Asian grocery stores at times. Comes in metal tubs similar to Nido.

Buttermilk Powder:
While not for making a drink per say, this is excellent added to items being steam baked or in some meals for that tangy taste!
Saco Cultured Buttermilk Blend


4 Comments on “Dry Milk and Substitutes

  1. Sarah,
    I appreciate your website and work a great deal. You’re very creative and have worked hard to come up with great trail food.
    You’re laser like focus has paid off.
    I’m halfway to Canada on the PCT. I’m always working on my trail food. In the last year I’ve been changing to a Paleo low carb diet in general. I’m reducing my carbs on the trail a little and wanted to figure out how I could do something with eggs in the morning. (powdered eggs?) I’ve been mixing up instant breakfast with extra Nido in the past.
    Any ideas?
    Dana Law
    San Diego, Ca
    P.S. I’m so far up the trail that the minimum annual trip is at least 12 days.

  2. You can always add dry eggs (like Ova brand) to the instant breakfast for an eggnog shake….personally you can leave the instant breakfast out and make it with sweetener, eggs, flavoring and whole dried milk.

  3. Sarah,
    Nice idea. I’ll have to experiment. What flavoring would you recommend?
    Dana Law
    San Diego, Ca

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