Tuesday, March 10, 2009

What to do with powdered milk

I'm planning on stocking up on some powdered milk this year, but as per usual, before I actually buy bulk anything and store it, I want to be able to make sure I can actually use it, and that I know how to use it.

So I did a little Googling, and here's what you can do with Powdered Milk to make it 'useable':-

Whole milk

1 cup water
1/3 cup powdered milk

Evaporated milk

1 cup water
2/3 cup powdered milk

Whipped evaporated milk

Makes 3 cups

1 cup evaporated milk
2 Tbsp lemon juice

Thoroughly chill evaporated milk.

Add lemon juice and whip until stiff.

Sweeten and flavor as desired.

Condensed milk

1/2 cup hot water
1 cup sugar
1 cup powdered milk

Blend thoroughly in a blender.

Can be stored in refrigerator or frozen.

Buttermilk or sour milk

1 cup water
1/3 cup powdered milk
1 Tbsp vinegar or lemon juice

Drinkable powdered milk

To improve the flavor of powdered milk, mix it half and half with 2% or whole milk. Another suggestion would be to try adding a little sugar or vanilla to enhance flavor. Let chill several hours before drinking.

(I found this info on 'cookmyfoodstorage.blogspot.com')

Monday, March 9, 2009

Home made musical instruments

Have to love those rainy days with the kids, when all they want to do is make noise. Here are some musical instruments you can make with them:-

Maracas Two small, dry, empty water/juice bottles with lids.
Fill about a centimetre from the bottom with rice or beans.
Tape lids on and decorate.

Drum A large ice cream container with a lid on makes a fantastic drum. Add wooden spoons for a 'professional' effect.

Shakers Two toilet rolls, one end taped on each.
Fill 1/4 way with rice or dried beans.
Tape other end (I tape over a piece of thick paper).

Cymbals Saucapan lids make fantastic cymbals, but they may never look the same again (or fit on your saucepans)

Rubber Band Music Put a rubber band over two cupboard handles. My kids loved to 'twang' them for ages.

Tapping Sticks Find two thick sticks out of the garden, or wooden spoons will do, and tap them together.

Clappers Two metal teaspoons back to back, hold between three fingers, with your index finger in the middle.

Guiro Cheese grater and a wooden spoon. Hopefully you don't have a very very sharp cheese grater, or you may go through a few wooden spoons.