How To Dehydrate Milk For Long Term Storage

Perky Prepping Gramma
By Perky Prepping Gramma September 24, 2020 06:52

How To Dehydrate Milk For Long Term Storage

When we started on our preparedness journey, I tried to be practical. I didn’t even know what a “prepper” was.

In the beginning I made a list of things I used everyday. Literally from the time I woke up: water, meds, t.p, coffee, toothpaste, toothbrush and so on and that is what I started storing. You know, store what you use, use what you store. Then I found I wasn’t alone.

Eventually I started dehydrating (and pressure canning) my own milk for long term storage, because I taste tested all sorts of instant milks, and tried packaged shelf stable milks, and found them to be unpalatable for my taste. Plus, when examining how often I cook with milk it quickly became apparent that I needed to find a storage solution that would keep a supply of milk on hand.

How To Dehydrate Milk for Long Term Storage

This is the journey of storing milk. For my first batch, I used my Oster dehydrator (no longer available, but I also like the Presto dehydrator). I purchased these nifty fruit roll-up trays and  gently poured one cup of milk to each tray.

How To Dehydrate Milk for Long Term Storage

Something is not level here. Not sure if it is the dehydrator or the counter. So I kept turning the trays around to even out the milk.

How To Dehydrate Milk for Long Term Storage

This took about 12 hours. Longer than I expected. Note the flakiness and the “goopy” parts.

How To Dehydrate Milk for Long Term Storage

For the second batch of milk, I used the same method by putting the fruit roll-up trays in my Excalibur 9 Tray dehydrator.

I have to share, I took me while to save up for the Excalibur dehydrator, but I find it to be worth it’s weight in gold. Seriously. The main advantage is it’s size & the fact you are able to control the temperatures.

Tip: I would suggest that you put the round tray on your Excalibur tray INSIDE the dehydrator & then pour the milk into the tray.

Um, I prepped one on my counter top, tried to carry it over and milk spilled everywhere. My furbabies were very happy. I wasn’t. Then I had to mop my floor.

Related: How to Make Cheese from Powdered Milk

How To Dehydrate Milk for Long Term Storage

Temp: Set the temperature between 125-130 degrees (F) and dehydrate until dry and flaky. It takes several hours, so be patient.

Again, it wasn’t level, maybe it’s my house. So, every twenty minutes or so, I turned the trays around to more evenly distribute the milk. Turned out better this time.

How To Dehydrate Milk for Long Term Storage

When each batch came out there were several areas that were “goopy”. So I took my Pampered Chef scraper and gently removed all the dried milk, re-trayed & dehydrated a little more.

How To Dehydrate Milk for Long Term Storage

After the milk was nice and flaky, I crumbled up the pieces.

How To Dehydrate Milk for Long Term Storage

Next the pieces were put in the blender.

How To Dehydrate Milk for Long Term Storage

It really is that simple. 7 cups of instant ½ & ½.

How To Dehydrate Milk for Long Term Storage

After the jar was full, I vacuum sealed the jar for long term storage.

It takes very little time, but worth it when it comes to minimizing my storage space.

This article was written by Perky Prepping Gramma and first appeared on perkypreppinggramma.blogspot.com.

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  1. Angelcrest September 24, 13:03

    How long does the milk last if stored? Did you use whole milk or cream?

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  2. John P September 24, 13:55

    why not just buy Instant Dry Milk in a store? You can grind it as tiny as you like.

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  3. Ken September 24, 14:06

    In the article on dehydrating ‘milk’, the author talks about dehydrating milk, but near the end of the article, she says she ended up with “7 cups of instant ½ & ½.” Did she dehydrate milk or ½ & ½?

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  4. Whitney September 24, 14:27

    How long does this last? And how do you rehydrate the milk?

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  5. Nefertiti September 24, 14:44

    I am going to try to make my own milk flakes
    Do I pour the milk in the trays?and can I use any milk like plant based milk

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  6. oldtroll September 24, 15:24

    More of a question than a comment.
    “7 cups of instant 1/2 & 1/2”.
    What milk were you using, store bought whole, or 1/2 & 1/2, or raw milk ? And will the milk fat in the 1/2 & 1/2 & raw milk dehydrate also ?

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  7. Phoenix1319 September 24, 15:43

    How long can you safely store this dehydrated milk?

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  8. Omega 13 September 24, 16:53

    I’ve been buying powdered milk for years. My wife bakes with it, mostly.

    How is the author’s milk any better?

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  9. Stubby September 24, 16:54

    How do you vacuum seal the jar?

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    • left coast chuck September 24, 19:42

      Some vacuum sealers come with a jar sealing attachment. Check the instruction book for your vacuum sealer if you still have it. You may find out that you can seal mason jars with it.

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  10. red September 24, 18:30

    Granny, do you mix it with yogurt, first? we make our own. Seethe the milk, and when it cools to about 100 F, add a quart of yogurt. Cover and let stand overnight. This is a traditional sweet yogurt. It can be used in coffee and so on, where sweet milk is needed. Gonna have to try to dry it to see if it remains yogurt. niio

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    • left coast chuck September 24, 19:41

      Once again, Red, I learned something new from you. I have used seethe for most of my life but only in regard to emotions. I have never heard the term used in conjunction with cooking. I’ll bet my Grandmother knew the term in connection with cooking. Thanks for enlarging my vocabulary.

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    • mbl September 28, 16:05

      red, a bit off topic, but I notice you sign off each post with niio. Would you please tell me what that means?

      I have wondered about dehydrating milk. I have bought the dehydrated stuff to use for baking mostly, and i don’t use a lot of it, so that small bag, while expensive, lasts me a good long time. My husband likes to drink milk now and again, but sometimes he doesn’t drink it up fast enough, so I think I’ll try dehydrating what he doesn’t use up and see how it works for us.

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      • Omega 13 September 30, 16:06

        NIIO – Notify-Identify-Inspect-Observe

        (I had to look it up, too.)

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        • red October 1, 01:17

          Omega: Not in this case but it works! Good job on the research. niio, no caps, Walk in God’s beauty. But, yo, yours works great, too ! 🙂 niio!

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      • red October 1, 01:15

        mbl: Make yogurt and then make cheese. That’s what we do. niio (no caps) means Walk in God’s beauty. It’s Iroquois from the Cherokee mostly. My grandmother liked to tell us that just before she made good use of her steel reinforced hairbrush with automatic tongue lashing. niio!

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  11. Hat-Mad September 24, 18:47

    I think what happened is that someone edited for brevity and then forgot something.

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  12. Bubba902 September 24, 21:21

    I have used Gossner shelf stable milk for years and I cant tell the difference between it and the regular milk I normally buy. They make it in whole, 2% and skim and its good for at least a year. Or the “Sell By/Use By date us usually about 10 months to a year. Might not be as long as dry whole milk or the other kinds but its still nice to have a quart in the pantry in case I run out.

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  13. Marsha October 1, 19:24

    I contacted Excalibur and asked what dehydrator they would use for liquids and why, the response from Stephanie Rays at Excalibur is that none of their products are able to dehydrate liquids and she suggested a freeze dryer.

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    • red October 2, 19:04

      Marsha: I live in Arizona, so drying isn’t a problem, but have you dried using a shallow pan and fan? I did try to make soy sauce and the an was too deep, and gnats got in. Next batch, I’ll have the solar food dryer up and running. It’s a shallow box with sheet metal over that, leading up to the dryer box. We even got a roll of metal fly screen for it. niio

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