Dairy - Milk, Cheese, Yogurt
What are some of the ways we can store dairy products like Milk, Cheese, Yogurt?
First off lets go over why dairy is important to our meal planning.
Milk, Cheese, and Yogurt are the key foods in our dairy food group. They are essential meal additions to provide vitamin D and other healthy ingredients to a healthy, well - balanced meal. Having them on hand in emergency situations is easy with the great options available in today's market.
Dairy products are a 2 - 3 serving requirement in the USDA recommended daily nutritional allowances.
The nutritional contents of basic milk are saturated fat, protein and calcium as well as vitamin C. Milk is not a good source for the C vitamin.
In addition to calcium, milk is a good source of many other vitamins. Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, K, E, thiamine, niacin, biotin, riboflavin, folates, and pantothenic acid are all present in milk.
Milk contains several different carbohydrates one of which is lactose. Lactose is a form of sugar which a lot of people have difficulty processing.
Storing Dairy Products
That's great stuff but how would I store dairy products in the event that I don't have refrigeration?
There are great products out there that help substitute our dairy supply through canned and powdered styles. You could buy a goat or cow for fresh milk if you had the resources!
With the quality today you might even start using the mixed milk and substituting it in family meals now so you are used to it in the event you have to use it.
Use canned and powdered milks for cooking and baking and use instant milk for drinking.
Processed cheeses such as Kraft Velveeta are a great way to add a cheese like food to your storage but they aren't considered dairy. They can be placed in the fats category but they are fun to have so why not include them, too!
Cheese and butter can be part of your dry storage as well.
Would you believe there is yogurt out there too?
How to make Yogurt and Cream Cheese from Dry Milk
Calcium Rich Food
Get your calcium-rich foods!
● Go low-fat or fat-free when you choose milk, yogurt,
and other milk products
● If you don’t or can’t consume milk, choose lactosefree products or other calcium sources such as
fortified foods and beverages
Although your dairy products may not look exactly like this when you prepare them from stored dry goods, be sure to plan for 2 -3 servings a day.
With a good food storage plan you can have them even in emergencies!
Velveeta and Processed Cheeses
Processed cheeses are a great way to store easy to use cheese-like products to your pantry. They melt easy and are very tasty. As an added bonus they can keep for a couple years on the shelf in cool temperatures. PLUS hey can be used for plain old cheese and cracker snacking!
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