milk conversion

If you like the idea of using powdered milk regularly in your cooking, you'll probably need a conversion chart. I used to write the conversion amounts onto the paper labels of my #10 cans of milk. Unfortunately, I often threw away the can without remembering to transfer all of my math. So, my can would sit, unused, until I sat down and refigured the numbers. Now I keep a conversion chart on my fridge.

Here is a milk-math chart for you (and for me):
1 gallon milk = 2 & 2/3 c. powdered milk + 1 gallon water
1 quart milk = 2/3 c. powdered milk + 1 quart water
2 cups milk = 1/3 c. powdered milk + 2 cups water
1 cup milk = 3 T. powdered milk + 1 cup water
1/2 cup milk = 1 & 1/2 T powdered milk + 1/2 cup water
1/3 cup milk = 1 T powdered milk + 1/3 cup water

You may also want to print out this cute powdered milk conversion chart created by Crystal at Everyday Food Storage. You can hang this on your fridge or tape it to your can of powdered milk.

Note: Check your milk containers to compare conversions. Amounts to use actually vary by brand (and by non-instant vs. instant).


Marie said...

Thanks for the chart--I already find too many reasons not to use my powdered milk, and you just eliminated one of them. Thanks for all the information you provide--I don't always comment, but I always appreciate what I learn!

Wendy said...

Thanks for the nice comment, Marie!

lanni said...

this is SO helpful! thank you so much. love your blog -- you always have great information and tips.

Shawn said...

I'm curious to know if you can use Instant powdered milk in recipes calling for regular powdered milk. Is there a conversion method to know how much instant milk to use when replacing regular powdered milk in a recipe...or are they the same amounts?

Wendy said...

I know that there used to be a difference between powdered milks. I don't think that there is anymore. These conversions are for instant powdered milk. You might have older recipes that use the old kinds of powdered milk -- but I have no idea how the conversions compare.