Q&A: What’s The Difference Between Instant & Powdered Milk?

One of my co-workers just informed me that June is the National Dairy Council’s Dairy Month! Random facts from the internet are great, aren’t they? Even though June is nearly over, there’s no time like the present to pay tribute to one of my favorite food groups.

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As someone who loves milk and drinks it with every meal, I really appreciate the dairy products that Shelf Reliance offers with THRIVE Foods. You can find two varieties of milk – Instant Milk and Non-Fat Powdered Milk – that are healthy and simple to reconstitute, as well as cheese and a great chocolate drink mix that’s perfect for hot cocoa. From now through the end of August, you can actually buy cases of these dairy products at a great discount! By using the code


at checkout, you’ll get 20% off any case of THRIVE Foods. This kind of deal is perfect for items you’ll use all the time, such as THRIVE Powdered Milk and THRIVE Instant Milk.

Since I’ve been at Shelf Reliance, I’ve encountered a lot of people who wonder about the difference between Instant Milk and Powdered Milk. It’s a valid question to ask, and there are many possible answers I could give, but the most basic difference between the two is what they’re meant to be used for. In a nutshell, THRIVE Powdered Milk is great for cooking, while THRIVE Instant Milk is more of a drinking milk. If you’d like a more lengthy explanation, keep reading …

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Instant Milk is made completely from dairy, so it’s more well-suited as a drinking milk rather than a cooking milk (though it works just fine with recipes, too). THRIVE Instant Milk also dissolves quickly (instantly, as a matter of fact) in water at any temperature; this makes the instant milk convenient to reconstitute. Instant Milk has a good amount of both calcium and protein.

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Powdered Milk is made from part dairy and part soy. Since it’s non-fat, it will taste similar to any skim milk you might be used to. It’s best used for cooking, although, of course, it’s completely safe and fine to drink. THRIVE Powdered Milk also costs a bit less than Instant Milk, and as a good source of calcium and vitamin A, it’s a great choice for your food storage.

There you have it! Including milk and other dairy products in your food storage will mean greater health and greater variety for meals and recipes, and now that you know how to best use both Instant and Powdered Milk, you’re ready to use them for all your future dairy needs.

Have a quick question about food storage or emergency preparedness? Let me know! You can leave a comment on this post or e-mail me at sara.hanks@shelfreliance.com. If there’s anything that’s causing you just a little confusion, I’d love to help. Believe me: the chances are that someone else is wondering about the exact same thing.

Thanks for reading, and have a happy Dairy Month!

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13 thoughts on “Q&A: What’s The Difference Between Instant & Powdered Milk?

  1. Is there a non-dairy (by which I mean lactose-free) dry milk? Are you aware of any soy alternative to powdered milk?

  2. Great question, Jaime. There are definitely soy powders out there that you can use as a milk substitute in your food storage. Simple Google searches will provide you with lots of options to consider. In fact, I’m told by our product developer that Shelf Reliance will likely be looking into the addition of Soy Milk Powder to our lineup sometime within the next six months or so. Keep your eyes open for that!

  3. Good info! I never knew that there was a difference. I think I only have Powdered Milk. I think I will invest in some Instant Milk as well.

  4. I might have to get some instant milk to try! Never realized that there was a difference

  5. Thank you for the information! I have never tried instant milk! Never realized that there was a difference. I will definitely have to try it now.

  6. So, in an emergency only, if you were trying to supplement baby formula, do you think Instant milk would be better since the Powdered due to babies needing more fat?

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