“ Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Milk „
I always buy skimmed milk and always make sure I have a couple of cartons of long life milk in the cupboard for emergencies but when I did my shopping recently I spotted Tesco do a powdered dried skimmed milk, I wasn't sure whether to buy it or not as it was in their value range, now I am generally a big fan of the Tesco Value range but for some reason this just didn't really appeal to me, however I decided to buy a box and give it a try although I didn't hold out too much hope for it.
The dried skimmed milk comes in a box that just screams value, it is mainly red and white and displays the value logo on the front of the box. There's not a lot of information on the front of the box, there is a red banner across the front which informs the customer that this is dried skimmed milk with added vitamins A and D. Below this the GDA's are given for 57g made up with 568ml's (1 pint) of water.
The back of the box gives all the other information you would expect to find such as instructions to make the milk up, allergy advice, ingredients and full nutritional values. It also shows that the product is suitable for vegetarians and should not be used as an infant milk powder.
Inside the box the powder is stored in a white bag which feels slightly waxed on the inside. Its basic and not re sealable but after all this is a value product.
The allergy advice given is that this product contains milk and although it is nut free Tesco cannot guarantee is has come from a nut free factory.
The milk powder is an off white gritty looking powder, a bit like sugar, and has no real smell.
Using The Milk Powder.
The powder can be added directly to a cup of tea or coffee by just adding 1 or 2 teaspoons to the cup after allowing the boiling water to cool slightly, or you can make up the milk and use as regular milk, to do this you need to put 57g or 4.5 tablespoons of the powder in a jug or bowl and gradually add 1 pint of cold water stirring all the time. I found the milk powder soon dissolved leaving no lumps at all. It looks just like ordinary skimmed milk, not watery at all. It has a nice milky taste
I have used the powder in both ways and find it works very well although I do prefer to make it up with water and use it like regular milk simply because when added to tea or coffee like this it cools it slightly. Made up the skimmed milk powder tastes very good, its not thin and watery and has a nice milky taste which is quite creamy, I use it on my cereal in the mornings and its very nice. I also use it in cooking where milk is required and have had no problems at all. Once made up the powdered milk, in my opinion, is just like regular milk.
If you use skimmed milk then I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Value Milk Powder, its a great stand by to have in the cupboard and has a nice long date on it of just over 12 months, although once opened it needs to be used within 6 weeks. Its very good value for money at just £1.15 for a 454g box, this gives you approximately 8 pints of milk at roughly 15p a pint, each pint of milk made up has 210 calories. I was originally unsure about this product but now I have tried it I will definitely be using it again.
I like many other people forget to buy milk sometimes and for a lot of years I have bought this dried milk to store in a cupboard for if I need it, my wife now has a bread maker and uses this product for in the recipe for the machine and so it has more than one use at home.
It is powdered and very easy to mix with cold water, it is perfectly fine to put some from the packet into coffee as an instant milk but for best results mix it with a little cold water first into a paste and then add the rest of the water and keep stirring continuously until the powder has dissolved, it can be kept in a fridge as a normal milk.
Only downfall is it not suitable for babies, especially under 12 months.
I sometimes take it away with me as extra milk when in hotels and it works fine, it is good on cereals and for making custard, especially if you have a large family and use a lot of milk this is very good value for £1.69p.
It can be found on the milk isle in Tesco and it comes in the Value range.
It is perfect for taking on camping trips as it will be fresh when the powder is made up and you are not carrying lots of milk it is all in a box that is easily opened when needed. It is good for those caravan weekends away.
Give it a try and see how it suits your needs, and if on a budget it is cheaper than buying all those bottles of fresh milk, and last longer, although we cannot beat the fresh milk this product is a perfect substitute.
I rate it a 5 star dooyoo rating.
Milk is so versatile but something I don't enjoy. I hated the little bottles of milk we had at school, it used to make me feel sick with an inch of cream at the top of the bottle. But I know how important milk is in the diet for strong bones and an important source of calcium in the diet. I do drink it in tea and coffee and if I have cereal for breakfast but I use most of my milk in sauces and if I haven't a lot of fresh milk then I use dried milk.
Marvel was my first choice but recently I have been buying Tesco's dried milk, but when shopping last week they only had the Tesco Value pack or Marvel so as I was watching the pennies we decided to get the value pack.
If you've shopped at Tesco before you will instantly recognise the value box in deep blue and white with TESCO and Value in red. There is a picture of a white cup of coffee and a spoonful of dried milk about to be added to it, a slightly smaller cup above shows that milk has been added. The box contains 454grams and there is a short pictorial description of the food value in 57grams made up with 568ml of water.
The milk powder is encased in a paper packet inside the box.
Details and Information
The dried skimmed milk has added vitamins A and D. In red there is a warning about allergy advice, the most obvious one being that it contains milk! Secondly although it is contains no nuts and is made in a nut free factory it cannot be guaranteed to be nut free. There is a caution too that it is not suitable for infants under 12 months. It is suitable for vegetarians. Storage should be in a cool dry place. I usually tip mine into a container to save it getting damp or being spilled. There is a best before date on the top of the packet on mine it is March 2011.
This is worked out from making up a pint of milk using 57grams. The pint made up will give 210kcal, 20.6 grams of protein and 30.2 grams of carbohydrate. There is no fibre, 0.3grams of salt and it will provide 92% of the daily recommended amount of calcium, 18% of vitamin D and 41% of Vitamin A. I realise how little milk a day I have when I read and digest this information!
The obvious ones are in tea and coffee, useful if you don't have a fridge at work or don't use milk yourself but need it for visitors. But I don't think it always dissolves well, as sometimes you get globbules of milk powder floating on top, the liquid needs to cool a little first before sprinkling on.
I use it for making white sauce for savoury dishes like a cheese sauce for cauliflower, lasagne with prawns to serve with salmon. Also for making custard to serve with puddings.
Lastly we use most of our dried milk for bread making as we have a Bread maker and the additional of milk makes the bread taste much nicer. Although I don't often prepare it and leave to switch on overnight, it is safer to use dried milk than using fresh when leaving for any length of time. Once re constituted it must be stored in the fridge like fresh milk.
Personally I wouldn't drink dried milk, I don't like it in tea or coffee either, so often people just sprinkle it onto the hot liquid and it doesn't dissolve so blobs float and it looks awful! But having said that, I can eat sauces with no problem and can't really tell the difference. I think a packet of dried milk is a good stand-by and something I like to have in my store cupboard. I think the Tesco Value dried skimmed milk is excellent value and it has the same calorific values as other Tesco dried milk products which cost more.
£1.91 for 454grams which makes up to about 8 pints of milk.
Value skimmed milk from Tesco. Now I know why, in some circles, this type of product is known as 'coffee whitener' - because that's effectively all it does. It makes dark-brown coffee go light brown and takes away a little of the bitter taste, but adds little in terms of flavour. (Little that's good, that is.)
Skimmed milk powder. So who buys this stuff? I suspect it's mainly people who work or socialize in situations where nobody can be trusted to take on the job of regularly buying 'proper milk' - that, or they haven't got a fridge. Apparently you're supposed to reconstitute it in water before adding it to hot drinks, but I've never seen anyone who uses powdered milk - unless it's the special stuff intended for feeding a baby - doing that. Maybe incorporating an intermediate reconstituting step improves the flavour of the skimmed milk; but I couldn't possibly comment.
Another group of potential skimmed milk powder users may include people who have filter coffee makers. In my opinion, filter machines are one of the best methods currently available for preparing 'proper coffee' - ie. coffee made from coffee beans - that you can use at home, but the great problem with them is that you don't get properly hot coffee at the end of the filtering process. If you then add milk, the filter coffee is cooled even more so that it's barely tepid by the time you come to drink it. So personally I use powdered milk and 'whitening' -type products to try and cut down on the excess cooling. For a long time my coffee whitener of preference was 'Coffee Mate.' But Coffee Mate used to be made entirely out of hydrogenated vegetable fat, which is a type of fat now recognized to be so bad for you that nutritionists now say that nobody should ever eat any of ever. For this reason I started buying dried milk from Tesco as a substitute. First it was 'regular' skimmed milk in a plastic bottle. Then they stopped selling that and I had to start using this value stuff, which comes in a plasticized paper / foil sachet enclosed in a large cardboard box.
In nature, many animals and plants exhibit warning colouration, that informs predators that they taste bad or even poisonous. Having had a few bad experiences with this range of products recently, I'm beginning to come round to the opinion that the colours used on the 'Tesco Value Range' packaging - basically a white background, with a few red or blue stripes and coloured lettering - may constitute a similar sort of message for shoppers. So to summarize: Tesco Value milk powder comes in a cheap-and-nasty-looking carton, which I'd say is a fairly accurate representation of the contents within.
The dried milk is revolting stuff. Given that it comes in a powdered format, it's surprisingly difficult to get it to fully dissolve in a hot drink properly. You end up with semi-solid wodges floating at the surface of the liquid, or stuck to the surface of the teaspoon you've used to stir it in. The taste in general is terrible, and very distinctive. It tastes a bit like it smells only much more strongly, and its taste - in coffee - well, that's almost indescribable. There's a slightly cheesy aroma to it, that's about as close a description as I can manage.
With this product, I find there is an optimum balance between getting the coffee to be white enough, and not putting so much of the value milk powder in that you are able to actually taste it over the coffee. It's one of those rare instances of a product you'd pay more for if you were getting substantially less of it. At the time of writing, it costs £1.68 for nearly a full half-kilogramme of it. I've been drinking two teaspoonfuls, doggedly, every morning in my breakfast coffee for weeks and weeks now and I've barely made a dent in it. I don't think my box of Tesco Value Skimmed Milk Powder is ever going to end.