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how long is dried powdered milk good for?

tuttifrutti Sep 26, 2007 03:23 PM

i have a recipe for crumpets that requires dried milk... the bag i have has been expired for a little while (i'm ashamed to even say how long...).

is there really an expiration date on these things? they ARE dried, after all...

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    genie Sep 26, 2007 03:48 PM

    They are, but moisture in the air can creep in over time. Besides, even dry stuff loses its taste, which was probably the reason they put on a pull date. Why not just make them w/ fresh milk?

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    1. re: genie
      tuttifrutti Sep 26, 2007 04:59 PM

      good question... i was just being a stickler and sticking with the recipe... wonder if it will make a difference.

      1. re: tuttifrutti
        Jennalynn Sep 26, 2007 05:37 PM

        It will make a difference if you don't compensate by taking out some of whatever liquid is being asked for.

        And a quick Google of "Shelf Life of Dry Milk"... gives many many returns. Most of which say, don't use it.



        1. re: Jennalynn
          tuttifrutti Sep 26, 2007 05:56 PM

          thanks! i just won't do it, then...

    2. Will Owen Sep 26, 2007 05:12 PM

      If it's a sealed bag, and hasn't been overheated or anything, it should be damn near immortal. If I were you I'd be torn between (a) adapting the recipe to real live milk and (b) using the dried stuff just to get rid of it...

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      1. re: Will Owen
        tuttifrutti Sep 26, 2007 05:18 PM

        you read my mind! what to do...

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