Product Type: Premier Brands Baking & Ingredients
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Marvelous milk for when you really need it .
Marvel Dried Milk
Member Name: thehonesttruth
Marvel Dried Milk
Advantages: Easy to make,. long life,
Disadvantages: Not quite as good as the real thing
Milk usage in my house seems to vary . If I buy a pint, you can guarantee that everyones going to want cereal and milky drinks and it will soon be gone . If I buy a big 4-pinter, you can guarantee everyones going to want toast and jam for breakfast, and it gets wasted. It was pretty hard for me to get the balance exactly right, so I started buying Marvel Dried Skimmed Milk as a stand in for those times when I found I ran out. Because if I run out of milk, and can't have a cup of tea, my evil side comes out .
I've tried a few different brands, including shops own, but Marvels a firm favourite with me . I think perhaps my mother using it when I was younger a lot meant I found the taste more acceptable than other brands - after all, it's been around since the mid sixties, so they're doing something right!
I purchased a 340g pack from my supermarket for about 2.50, and made up according to the packet instructions, it makes 6 pints of skimmed milk.
It comes in a cardboard tube shaped carton, pale blue in colour, with a silver foil (easily removed using the tab) under a blue plastic cap that is easy to remove and replace. The carton contains all the instructions needed to make the milk up, as well as the address for the manufacturers, which is :
Premier International Foods UK ltd
Bridge Road, Long Sutton
Spalding, Lincs PE12 9EQ
While I find the carton very sturdy, I do tend to decant my milk powder into a tupperware container just to ease stacking in my cupboard, as the canister is quite tall .
Making this up is easy - 4 and a half heaped teaspoons mixed in a pint of cold water . It mixes in easily, occasionally it clumps a little but a vigourous stir soon sorts it out . Or you can be lazy, and do what I do, whizzing it in the blender for a few seconds . Once made, it needs to be kept in the fridge as normal milk, and it does tend to settle a little, so a quick stir before you use it does no harm at all . Once made, it doesn't keep for too long in the fridge, one or two days is probably the top limit .
On the packaging, its recommended that you use up the pack within 6 weeks - I've used mine over a much longer period with no ill effect whatsoever though. It also mentions on the pack that its not to be used for babies under 12 months .
As well as making it up in pints, a little stirred vigorously into tea works very well, perhaps half a teaspoon or so . This is really where I use it most often, in teas and coffees . I have also used it in baking and cooking, and most of the time I've acheived a good result, although I think it works better in recipes where you're not really going to taste the milk, such as scones, rather than in the making of creamy sauces, as is does lack a little of the richness of real milk.
Taste wise, while not horrible, you can tell it's not real milk - mainly because it just tastes 'thin'. It lacks the creaminess and richness of real milk, and especially used over cereals, its not as good as the real thing in my opinion, although my daughter doesn't mind it. Its not something I would ever choose to drink in preference to real milk - (with the exception of making hot chocolates and milkshake, anything where you flavour over it), but it's not unpleasant, and when I'm out of milk, its usually preferable to a trip down the shops .
Overall, a great cupboard standby for those times when you really need a cuppa .
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