February 16, 2005

Powdered Milk

There are around 6 or 7 different brands of powered milk here. Which of course, is ridiculous. How much powdered milk do people really need?

One has a blue cow on its cover, another has a dancing milk glass and yet another has a smiling mother holding her blond child (brilliant audience marketing here people). Some come with chocolate, strawberry or coffee flavors. Some have added vitamin A or extra minerals.

I always turned my nose at powdered milk, preferring instead to buy the long conservation milk that France exports here (I have yet to find fresh milk). One day, at work, desperate to make myself a proper cup of tea, I ventured in the fridge and brought out the container of powdered milk. As I poured the flakes in my tea, I crinkled my nose and emitted a "I'm pretty disgusted but desperate" grunt.

The first experiment was an utter failure as I was gulping down equal amounts of tea and clumped up flakes. I've tried many a times since then and am now a convert of powdered milk. That soft, powdery, slighty off-white colored fluff is reminiscent of feathery clouds. And, I can confidently say that I have acquired the skill of dissolving the milk so that very little clumps are left (it's a combination of quick stirring and making sure that the water's very hot).

Powdered milk. It does a body good.

Question for those dieticians out there: does powdered milk still have the necessary calcium levels?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am not sure about the calcuim levels, but powdered milk is wonderful for washing the face with, if you can get past the smell that is. Its a natural alpha-hydroxy and is great for rosacea and other skin irritants.

007 in Africa said...

Hum... I have so much powdered milk left that I'm actually tempted to try this. It's also a good trick to know in a country where you can't find many beauty products. I'm going to look for a recipe on the internet.

Lotus said...

I have actually tried this! It does work quite well. Just put the powdered milk in your hand, add warm water til its a pasty consistency and rub gently into your face. I learned about this trick from a spa I went to once, its like having a microdermabrasion, without the chemicals or the risk. But anonymous was right about the smell, lol.

Lotus said...

Oh, and don't forget to rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry.

007 in Africa said...

Hey! I just tried this yesterday before heading off to a restaurant. I think that it actually worked but I smelled like pukey baby all night...Lovely. Thanks for the tip though (maybe next time I'll mix it with lavender or rosemary to neutralize the smell)!

Beaver said...

YEW !!! Pukey baby is not a sexy smell...

But as the proud not-owner of a refrigerator I totally vouch for the use of powdered milk ... conventionnally !

(Cool how expressing one's love of powdered milk can go far, isn't it ?)