Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Powdered milk

Deer Crossing Camp uses a lot of powdered milk. With limited refrigeration, it's not practical to purchase and store large quantities of fresh milk at the camp.

All food must be brought to the camp by a boat. We just don't have any space in the camp's one reach-in refrigerator to store 20 or 30 gallons of milk for the week.

Each morning I make two gallons of milk from instant non-fat dry milk. For each gallon, I add:

5-1/3 cups instant non-fat dry milk
1/2 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk

Since our water is cool in the morning, I usually make the milk in the morning. It doesn't make sense to make it at night, I don't have a lot of extra space in the refrigerator in the for two or three days after the food delivery.

Deer Crossing currently uses about 1-1/2 gallons of milk for 45 campers and staff. Most campers use the milk with their morning cereal. Space permitting, leftover milk is saved for the next morning or used during the day.

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