How to Make Cheese from Powdered Milk

By Erich November 8, 2018 08:26

How to Make Cheese from Powdered Milk

Here’s a recipe I wanted to test out that puts to use the buckets of powdered milk I have stored. Remember, if you are constantly rotating your stored food (especially the 3-month food supply) not only will you greatly reduce the chance of anything going bad, but you’ll actually be learning to use your bulk-stored food and eating what you store — some of the most important rules in food storage.

To make cheese from powdered milk is an easy process (unexpectedly, since I never had any experience making cheese before this).

What You’ll Need

  • Powdered Milk
  • Water
  • Cooking Pot
  • White Vinegar or Lemon Juice
  • Cheesecloth or Clean Cotton T-Shirt

Related: Grandma’s Homemade Fresh Cheese

How to Make Cheese from Powdered Milk

I used a small amount of ingredients so I could test the recipe before going all out. The full recipe calls for:

  • 3 cups powdered milk
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 cup plain white vinegar

In my instructions I quartered this recipe as follows:

Step 1: Mix together 3/4 cups of powdered milk with 1 1/2 cups of cold water in a cooking pot. Stir until dissolved.How to Make Cheese from Powdered Milk

How to Make Cheese from Powdered MilkStep 2: Stir milk over a medium-low to medium temperature until it becomes hot to the touch but not scalding (this should be around 140º if you’ve got a cooking thermometer)How to Make Cheese from Powdered MilkStep 3: Maintaining the same temperature, stir in 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice. You should immediately begin to see the curds separating from the whey.How to Make Cheese from Powdered MilkStep 4: Continue cooking to allow the curds to separate from the whey. After a few minutes there should be large globs (if that’s a real word :)) of curds in an amber pool of whey.

If it’s still too milky add another tablespoon of vinegar, stir and cook it on medium to medium-low heat until the curds completely separate from the whey.How to Make Cheese from Powdered MilkStep 5: Pour the curds and whey into a colander lined with a clean cloth, cotton t-shirt or cheesecloth to drain off the whey (this sweet liquid can be used in the place of water in other baking recipes so drain it into a bowl if desired).How to Make Cheese from Powdered MilkStep 6: Taking the cloth or cheesecloth (a t-shirt in my example) squeeze the curds to press out any remaining whey.Step 7: Rinse the curds — which is essentially a paneer style cheese — under cool water, and eat fresh or store in the fridge.How to Make Cheese from Powdered MilkWhat you should be left with is about the same amount of curds as you measured out in powdered milk.

Since I used 3/4 cup of powdered milk in the above recipe, it resulted in about 3/4 cup of curds — so plan your recipes accordingly.

I was really excited when learning this, since I love lasagna. Pasta as well as tomato sauce — in the form of canned or powdered tomatoes — stores very well, but fresh cheese doesn’t. Now that I know how to make fresh cheese easily from my stored powdered milk, even lasagna can be enjoyed during the end of the world.

This article first appeared on Tacticalintelligence.

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By Erich November 8, 2018 08:26
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  1. Kerry November 8, 14:51

    This is co cool! I did the smaller recipe and it worked for me. Thanks for sharing! Mine was grainy and kind of dry, which in case of SHTF would not matter in the least, but for now I wonder if you have tried flavoring it or tried to make it smoother?

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  2. He November 8, 15:57

    Can I add black pepper corn or, salt to the milk? Do I have to wait at the end to add either salt and, or pepper corn?
    Thank you!

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    • left coast chuck November 8, 17:53

      There is a sure way to find out: Make up a small batch and add the amount you think is appropriate. If it turns out fine, it works. If it turns out not so fine, it doesn’t work. It is called empirical testing and there is nothing better.

      There is a story about Edison trying to invent the light bulb. He had tried many hundreds of materials to make the filament for the light bulb. The things that didn’t work amounted to several hundreds. A lab assistant said to Edison, “Mr. Edison, we have failed over 500 times to find a filament that works.”

      Edison replied, “Wrong. We now know 500 things that don’t work.”

      If you want to know if an ingredient will work, try it. Worst case you use up some time and a small amount of material. Best case, maybe you have invented a new kind of cheese.

      It is not exactly like you are going to spend weeks making the product and invest thousands of dollars. A couple of hours, tops, 3/4 cup of powdered milk and some vinegar, less than a dollars’s worth of supplies.

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    • JD November 8, 21:15

      yes wait till end of process to add

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    • Rydaartist November 10, 06:02

      You over cooked your cheese or cooked too long. There are recipes (I’ ve made cheese from raw milk).

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  3. dblu November 8, 21:52

    In Yugoslavia I was taught to make cheese by setting a pan of milk on a shelf at room temperature with the lid slightly ajar. Wait three days. Drain the curds like you did to separate the whey. Then….they told me to add a one centimeter square

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  4. Sue November 9, 00:18

    Once the cheese is squeezed the texture and appearance is improved by soaking it in cold water for two or three hours.

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  5. Zabeth November 9, 03:31

    Hi, Good article! What type of powdered milk were you using? Whole or non-fat powdered milk? Also, was it instant or non-instant powdered milk? Thanks!

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  6. GMC November 9, 15:07

    Can you include a button that says “print friendly’ so I can pdf articles to my phone?

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    • Pattihabby November 10, 13:42

      Hi ! You can highlight the area/recipe you want to print, then right click on the highlighted area and click on Print. When the print box comes up, click on SELECTION and then click on Print ! Just the Highlighted areas will print ! Hope this helps….

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    • Patthabby November 10, 13:46

      You can, also, go to the Printer Friendly page… copy the link from the page you want to print and paste it on the Printer Friendly Page. It keeps the pertinent info and you can delete more if you would like !

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  7. Cyan November 9, 15:50

    Does anyone know if using whole milk in this recipe would produce the same results? Really cool idea, though.

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    • left coast chuck November 10, 01:56

      There is a green box at the top of the page that says,”Print this page”. Unfortunately, it won’t allow you to delete the extraneous material that appears with the article. I use the MAC system and copy and paste in Text Edit which does allow me to delete superfluous text etc. I had a good system when I was using DOS, but it has been so many years ago since I switched to MAC that I don’t remember how to copy and print in DOS. Sorry about that.

      If I need to do extensive editing, I copy and past in Libre Office which has more flexibility than Text Edit.

      Hope that helps somewhat.

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    • Rydaartist November 10, 06:05

      Salt at the beginning and pepper before the curds are formed if you want the cheese infused with pepper.

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  8. RayK November 10, 10:10

    I’ve made cheese for a number of years, and this recipe makes a cheese similar to ricotta. First, on ricotta, the milk is heated to about 190F and then the vinegar is added. This is for fresh milk, and I don’t see any reason to change it for powdered milk. Second, salt (kosher) is added at 1 tsp per lb of cheese made. Add the salt to the cheese. If you want to add pepper, do so at the same time. You can make a smoother cheese by adding a bit of baking soda to the formed curds when you add the salt. HTH.

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  9. Pattihabby November 10, 14:02

    Here is the link for Printer Friendly…
    Copy the link from the page you want printed and Just go to the Printer Friendly page and paste that link ! It will show the pertinent info ! You can even delete more of the nfo if you like…
    OR You can copy and paste the parts you want to Word Pad and the Save or Print.
    OR you can highlight the areas you want, click print and then SELECTION, then Print and only the highlighted areas will print ! Hope this helps !

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  10. Soloscripturo November 26, 00:24

    Would this a good way to use milk that is going sour?

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  11. RayK November 26, 06:26

    That would depend on what the milk was from. If store bought, pasteurized milk, NO. It is not going sour, it is bad. If it is from raw milk, it is clabbering, and you can use it for cornbread, for marinating chicken, or for making cheese. Clabbering is the natural process for the beginning of making cheese.

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  12. beeper December 21, 13:27

    how would this make cottage cheese

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    • Mkj March 28, 06:36

      This basically is cottage cheese. I’ve used this recipe/technique before for making fresh cottage cheese. Once the curds are formed and rinsed with water, add plenty of salt.

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  13. 1WVBBQueen December 26, 22:48

    What type of dry milk are you used, Whole Milk or Non fat Milk?
    I have both, and use both in cooking, I just like the taste of the Whole Milk better.
    Also the Whey that is left over can be used for many different things, like replacing your milk in a recipe, also to Ferment Veggies to have great fermented veggies like KimChi .

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  14. 1WVBBQueen December 26, 22:54

    I sent this to myself via Copy and Paste. I clicked on the Print recipe button, after it came up, I put my cursor to the first words I wanted in my email.
    I held down the left button, until the end, or where I wanted to stop copying.
    Left clicked on the part I had highlighted and then clicked on the Copy button that pops up.
    Then I went to my email and set up for a new email, to me, then right clicked my mouse and then hit Paste on that.
    Then I sent it to myself so I can print it off, without all the added stuff.

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  15. Shannon September 14, 21:36

    I’ve never made cheese, but know that rennin in an ingredient used to make it cheese. Does the vinegar doa similar thing?
    It was really funny seeing this article, because I was wondering if this was possible yesterday. Read my mind. Thanks.

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  16. clergylady September 15, 04:19

    I make cottage cheese this way but its heated to just a simmer and only heated a short while. Lightly salt if desired and moisten drained curds with a bit of milk or use as is. The whet is fine In baking use.

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  17. Smitty September 28, 02:24

    Make sure your vinegar is not expired lol

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  18. Bea November 30, 21:32

    I was very excited to try this recipe. I didn’t get the big glob I was expecting. Should I be continuously stir it or leave it alone to curd? I ended up adding the additional tbsp of vinegar waiting for the glob. I cooked it for about 10 mins and still didn’t get the obvious separation of curd/whey. After draining in a cheesecloth, the curd formed looked alright. The consistency was rather rough, not smooth and the taste was just like the powder milk. No difference in taste from the dry form to the newly formed cheese. Is this what is expected?

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  19. Joyce January 2, 01:57

    My grandma used to make cottage cheese. When we drove to SE Oklahoma to see her when I was a child, we pulled in the old dirt drive and there was a white bag hanging in the tree in front of us. I ask my mom what it was and she replied “Oh, grandma is making cottage cheese”. That’s answered my question back then, but now I wonder HOW she made it. They were very poor but by then they had moved off the farm and into town so I’m sure it was store-bought milk, probably whole. I guess the curds were left hanging in the tree to drain???? I so wish I had been older to be more curious.

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