Why Milk is One of the Best Foods to Freeze Dry

Milk has long been seen as a healthy drink, because it is high in a range of nutrients. Milk is good for bones because if offers a rich source of calcium, a mineral essential for healthy bones and teeth. Milk is also fortified with vitamin D, which also benefits bone health and, along with calcium, can help prevent osteoporosis. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines for 2015 to 2020 suggest that Americans should consume “fat-free or low-fat dairy, including milk, yogurt, cheese, and/or fortified soy beverages.” 

Milk, and other dairy foods, are an essential food item in any good emergency food storage. Milk is easy to freeze dry and, once powdered, takes up little space and is extremely lightweight. An entire gallon can fit into a quart jar. It is also simple to reconstitute. Simply add a 1 to 1 ratio of powder to water. But does it taste the same? Find out what “Retired at 40” discovered while freeze drying milk. Pick up some very useful tips when it comes to freeze drying dairy and watch to the very end to see why he thinks milk is one of the very best foods to freeze dry. 

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You can also watch a video he did on freeze drying cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products.


I was wondering about the math on this one too.
I guess that would work out if you use 1% milk. Freeze dry a gallon of 1%, then reconstitute 1 to 1 and you should have half a gallon of 2%, right?

Short answer is yes. This is a precarious one to answer because there’s no scientific research on the food safety of freeze dried unpasteurized milk. Despite that, Pathogenic Bacteria won’t survive in dry environments. When you freeze dry raw milk, I imagine you get the best of both worlds.

You can freeze dry raw milk but be sure to skim off the cream first. The fats left will still be separated when reconstituted but you can homogenize it.

If you place dehydrated milk in a blender to make the milk into a powder, would the reconstitution be the same.? It might eliminate some of the clumps when reconstituting.

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