If you are vegan or lactose intolerant, avert your eyes; this is a post about dairy. A review of a Nido Milk would not be helpful to you. This is not the post you are looking for.
For the rest of us who camp or are away from refrigeration, carrying along milk is a big problem. In my search for a way to take milk horse camping, backpacking, or kayak camping, I discovered Nestle NIDO Dry Milk. This is not the powdered milk your grandmother served you.
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What is the difference?
When I first tasted Nido Milk, there was something different about it that made it unlike my current jug of milk. It took a minute, but finally sunk in that I drink 2% and this is whole milk. Once I wrapped my head around the fat difference, the milk tasted quite good. Actually, whole milk is exactly what sets this apart from other milk powder, such as Carnation Instant Nonfat Dry Milk. It has a nice, creamy texture with none of that “soured” flavor.
How or Why Would I Use Nido Milk?
As with all dehydrated and freeze-dried foods, powdered milk would be very convenient when you lack refrigeration or need to conserve weight or space. It would be good to use:
- at home
- on the trail
- while camping
- at the barn
- on a road trip
There are a ton of practical uses for powdered milk. I’ve been told that it actually makes crystallized eggs palatable. It could also be used:
- for drinking
- in recipes
- as a condiment
- for chocolate milk
- in hot chocolate
- to make ice cream (if you have a cooler full of ice)
It is easily rehydrated by using four parts water to one part powder. The instructions call for using warm water, but personally, I would veer off the directions slightly. I would start with 1/4 of the warm water to ensure there are no lumps. Mix 1:1 thoroughly and then top off with the remaining three parts cool water. If you plan on drinking the milk straight or using it in cereal, I would chill it. No refrigeration? Try a stream, spring, or creek; it is the way our ancestors kept milk cool.
In summary, this is a quality product to take on our journeys into the outdoors. It has nutritional benefits that are often missed on thru hikes or other long excursions. This product is light, compact, and keeps well when properly packaged. It is a new “go to” item for my back country meal plans.
Now I need to try Peak Milk Powder for comparison. I will let you know how it stacks up when I get in the new product.