Finding whole milk powder here is virtually imposible. That is to say, milk with some fat in it. I found some Buttermilk powder in the bulk food store and have been using that. Quite rich and very flavourful. I use it in granola in the morning and my butterscotch pudding at night. Yum, Yum.
I buy my whole powdered milk (non-instant) in bulk at the locally-owned health food store (not a chain HFS). I have no idea who the supplier is or if other HFS stock it. The price is reasonable and the flavor ok. Don't be put off by "non-instant"... it still dissolves readily in water.
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I purchased powdered milk products and did taste tests on what I could find in Central Illinois. Nido was found in the stores specializing in foreign foods and I found it in the Mexican section of a large supermarket.
I mixed the powders according to the directions, chilled overnight in a nalgene bottle and gave it to my family. Not only was Nido the winner but they could not tell that it was powdered. Used on cereal, it tasted really good. We used it in hot chocolate and again it really worked.
Nido had been discussed elsewhere and I am glad I found it. Milkman I have had and it had been a favorite but I will be using Nido.
I bring UHT (ultra high temperature) milk on the trail for the first day or so in small cartons but it is heavy. I have found that in several stores here. In the 1980s when it was first available in the US I used that. I had used it in Europe for years but any liquid is too heavy for the long haul.
Loc: Cape May Co.South Jersey
I use "Organic Valley's organic nonfat dry milk non-instant for cooking and baking" I dont care about fat or non fat Its just the only organic dry milk I can purchase locally. I pre measure my cereal, sugar and dry milk into individual zip baggies, while on the trail I just add water or hot tea, zip, shake and eat right out of the baggy. I have never cared for powdered milk but I dont mind the taste of this one. Im not a milk drinker so It comes in handy around the kitchen when I need milk for cooking or that once a week bowl of cereal. never have to worry about spoiled milk in the frig.
I haven't shopped for dry milk while on camping trips in Canada. However, I have seen Nido milk in Asian groceries in the USA. In fact I've seen identical cans with the Klim label (milk backwards) in those stores as well. So Asian groceries in Canada might carry one or other of those brands.
Note, cans of Klim were provided by the Red Cross to Allied POWs in Germany. They in turn used the cans to construct ventillation pipes and other gear for use in their escape tunnels. Current 'cans' are mostly paper, so are not multipurpose. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />
Shouldn't buttermilk have no fat at all? I mean, the fat should have been removed to be used to make butter, right? So it should be fat free, or as close to fat free as possible.
I could be totally wrong about this though, this was just always what I thought, though my thoughts on subjects have often proved to be totally unreliable <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />
The original buttermilk was the left overs from making butter. But most of what is now called buttermilk is a cultured product, much like yogurt and sour cream.
Many US groceries carry 'powdered cultured buttermilk', made from 'cultured nonfat milk'. I keep this on hand for use in pancakes and other baking. I have also found a full-fat version in the bulk section of a health-foods shop.
But I do not consider this a substitute for dried milk as a beverage, or for making cream sauces. It also tends to pickup moisture and harden into clumps, more so than Nido.
My local Wally world recently renovated and put in a full fledged grocery store - before it had the little grocery shelf section, however, it was the only place in Edmonton to get nice mexican stuff like La Victoria enchilada sauces, herdez salsas, etc. etc. Unfortunately it never had the Nido milk that it obviously carries in the states...
I went in today and went hopefully to the mexican aisle - and was appalled. Not only do they not have Nido, but they don't carry any of the mexican stuff from the states anymore either - no good enchilada sauce and salsa verde anymore... Just a big wall of "Old El Paso" taco and fajita kits...
Grumble... Not only no powdered milk but I'm back to the best enchilada I can get in this town being the natural high chicken enchilada backpacking meal....