Cooking for one or two

powdered milk

I find it very challenging not to waste food now that I’m an empty nester and all.  But I’m becoming an X-spurt on finding cheap tricks to augment my natural lack talent in the kitchen.

Someone sent me a tip today that will definitely make life easier.  Did you know you can use dried (powdered) milk right out of the box?  No mixing necessary. My tipster said it works very well in recipes that call for fresh milk. She usually doubles the amount of power with the regular amount of water but doesn’t bother to mix it first.

“I measure the water and dump it in,  then dump in the powder. I think double the powder makes it have a fuller volume in the recipe,” she wrote. She also adds a heaping tablespoon of powdered milk in other things like beans and corn, just for the extra calcium.

I also learned today how to get rid of those pesky fruit flies which have moved into my house since my garden began producing.

To get rid of fruit flies: take a small glass (like a shot glass) and fill with cider vinegar. It needs to be cider vinegar, as they are attracted to the sweet smell of the apples. Add a small squirt of liquid dish soap. They are attracted, but can’t fly away. Depending on how many you have, you may need to refresh the solutions every day until they are gone.

But I digress.  Here’s a great idea for an easy home-made salad dressing using dried milk.

Creamy Garlic Dip


  • 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup dry Nestlé Carnation Instant Nonfat Dry Milk
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


    1. COMBINE sour cream, dry milk, green onions, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper in small bowl; stir until smooth. Serve with assorted cut-up vegetables.

Nutritional analysis per serving:Calories: 70g, Total Fat: 3 grams

2 thoughts on “Cooking for one or two

  1. I use powdered buttermilk the same way. Thanks to Ruthie (she told me about it) I no longer waste a drop of buttermilk and my cornbread taste exactly the same.

  2. I just had a problem with fruit flies too. I used the vinegar and made a funnel out of paper. I put it in a tall jar and taped the funnel to the sides of the glass. The fruit flies go in and can’t get out. Voila!

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