The Value of Nesquik

For the past few months, I have been cooking with a probably twelve year-old #10 can of Rainy Day instant powdered milk. I use it primarily for baking and I haven't had any problems with it. For the first time in years, we ran out of milk this morning. So, I made some up using my powdered milk.

Everyone raved over the peppermint cocoa served with the powdered milk just as they came in from a snowy morning of sledding. However, my four year old commented on his cup of straight milk served at dinner tonight, "Mom, this milk smells funny." I picked up my cup and cringed as I realized that I might not be able to stomach the milk either. After a mutiny by the entire family, I pulled out the Nesquik (which I used to know as Nestle Quik) to make "chocolate milk." Every time someone commented on the yucky milk, my teen-aged son would add an additional tablespoon-full to his glass. The Nesquik wasn't great, but the milk tasted worse without it.

I've always kept a few containers of Nesquick in my storage and I'll make sure to continue to do so for situations like this. This is also a good reminder to make sure that you taste and like the powdered milk that you choose to store for drinking. What you store for cooking matters less.

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Kerry said...

The THRIVE instant milk from Shelf Reliance actually tastes pretty good! That's what I plan on storing for drinking! I will continue to use the powdered milk from the LDS cannery for cooking, because it is such a good price.

Wendy said...

Kerry -

Thanks for the recommendation. Our family actually likes Country Cream. However, I have a few random cans of other brands - one of which I happen to be using at this moment.

Vickie said...

I think the smell of powdered milk is always the part that gets me. I've never really been bothered by the taste, but the smell - eww!

I drive my tractor in pearls... said...

I keep Nesquik for this very reason!! You can get a LARGE container from Sams at a decent price, FYI :)

Mavis said...

We make "vanilla milk" not everyone likes it but one of my teenagers loves the stuff!

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 coffee creamer
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups powdered milk

Mix the sugar and creamer together with just a little hot tap water...stir to dissolve. Then add the vanilla and powdered milk and enough water to make half a gallon.

Wendy said...

Mavis -

Wow. Thanks for the recipe! I hadn't even thought to enhance my milk by using my own pantry items. It's probably a good idea to have some of that coffee creamer on hand anyway - I know it's pretty useful stuff.