What can I substitute for non-fat dry milk?

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “What can I substitute for non-fat dry milk?” with an in-depth analysis of the non-fat milk along with its uses, and will also discuss all the possible substitutes of non-fat dry milk.

What can I substitute for non-fat dry milk?

We can have several substitutes for non-fat dry milk such as regular milk, liquid non-dairy alternatives, coconut milk powder, soy milk powder, rice powder, and cashew powder.

These substitutes become necessary when we are unable to find the original product, so substitutes do the work in place of that.

Substitutes for non-fat dry milk

Some of the possible substitutes of non-fat dry milk are as follows:

Regular milk

Regular liquid milk is one of the easiest substitutes for non-fat milk powder. Dry milk has all those ingredients by which the liquid milk is also enriched, only the major difference is that dry milk is an evaporated form of regular dry milk. 

Regular milk is beneficial to health due to its nutrients and taste, these qualities are almost similar in both types of milk either in powdered form or in liquid.

If we make a comparison between whole milk and whole fat milk powder:

Nutrients in one cup (240 mL) of whole milk are as stated below:

  • Total calories: 149
  • Fats: 8 grams
  • Carbs: 12 grams
  • Calcium: 20 per cent of the daily value (DV)
  • Protein: 8 grams

Nutrients in 32 grams (one-quarter cup) of whole fat milk powder will be  

  • Total Calories: 159
  • Fat: 8 grams
  • Proteins: 8 grams
  • Calcium: 22 per cent of the daily value
  • Carbs: 12 grams

Liquid milk also adds water to the recipes, liquid milk could not be used in all the recipes because it can make the recipes wet or soggy that will destroy the recipe’s nature. This is only good in some of the recipes such as in baking products or making soups.

Milk’s different types such as whole fat milk, reduced fat, nonfat milk can be used as a substitute for milk powder. The recipes will be more creamy and richer if the milk contains more fat. The nature of recipes depends upon the fat content of milk.

In some of the recipes, buttermilk in powder form is required where buttermilk in dried form is more suitable due to the content of acid which is present in buttermilk powder that alternates to some extent the flavour, texture, and taste of the recipe.

Liquid non-dairy alternatives

Liquid non-dairy alternatives could be used in place of nonfat dry milk such as soy milk, oat milk, or almond milk.

Liquid non-dairy alternatives are only perfect in those recipes where regular milk is being replaced with this substitute because liquid non-dairy alternatives are mostly available in powder form. We use this powdered form of milk with water to make a good alternative to the original product in the recipe.

In substituting, we can use the same content as 1 cup which is 240 ml of milk in place of 32 grams or one-quarter cup of dry milk powder, and these both will be replaced by 240 ml or 1 cup of liquid in any of the recipes.

These almonds, soy are plant-based milk which also consists of different nutrients in different content, their flavours also vary. Substituting the original product with these alternatives changes the taste, nutritional content, and texture to some extent.

Coconut milk powder

Coconut milk powder is also considered one of the good substitutes for nonfat milk powder. Coconut milk is synthesized by spray-drying cream or coconut milk.

Coconut milk powder is enriched with a high content of fat which is a perfect replacement for whole milk powder in cooking and baking. Coconut milk powder is mostly suggested in some of the recipes such as sauces, curries, and soups.

Due to the high content of fat, if we use it in baking products then baking products result in heavier nutrient-containing goods.

Coconut milk is vegan, lactose, and dairy-free. So, it can be easily digested in those people who have lactose indigestion problems.

It is also claimed that some of the food industries which prepare coconut milk powder also add sodium caseinate, which is a protein extracted from milk.

Soy milk powder

Soy milk powder is also one of the good substitutes for nonfat dry milk powder. 

The shelf life of soy milk powder is greater than other milk powder. Soy milk powder has more resemblance in taste, nutrients, and flavour with the regular milk powder as compared to all other non-dairy substitutes for nonfat milk powder.

Conclusion

In this brief article, we have answered the question, “What can I substitute for non-fat dry milk?” with an in-depth analysis of the non-fat milk along with its uses, and will also discuss all the possible substitutes of non-fat dry milk.

References

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/milk-powder-substitute#4.-Soy-milk-powder

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.