I am not trying to make jelly. I'm trying to reconstitute powdered milk. It is not going well.
I feed my dogs and cats milk with their supper. I want to be sure they are getting the calcium they need. They get table scraps, and they get quality cat and dog food. Not the cheap stuff that comes in 50 lb bags, but the good (and expensive ) dog and cat food.
The outdoor animals, besides being my associates and friends, are also working animals. They provide me with essential services which I appreciate.
First Timothy 5:18 applies:
For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages."
But now, with both of us retired, I am trying to look at our lifestyle and see what, if any, savings we can obtain by making changes in how we do things. Milk is expensive. I have ten 25 pound pails of powdered milk I haven't opened in eons.
I don't like powdered milk. Instead, I keep cases of evaporated milk in the store room, and if we don't have fresh on hand, we use that. If I don't have fresh milk for the animals, I mix up evaporated milk with water in a big bowl, and give them that.
But I want to start using up the powdered milk. Can't be too hard, you just add water, right?
Tonight I made a huge bowl of it. I boiled water in my coffee pot on the stove, added a good dose of sugar to the powdered milk, and poured in the hot water. It immediately clumped up. I had to use a wooden spoon to mash up the clumps, then use an egg wisp to beat it some more. I thought I got all the lumps out.
But when I poured it in the bowls on the porch for the animals, there were huge clumps like sugar cubes on the bottom. Clearly something went wrong.
- Maybe the milk is doing that because it's old. It's been around for about 15 years, but it's in sealed containers and supposed to last twice that long if properly stored, and it was.
- Maybe I should not have used boiling water. I did so because I wanted the milk to be warm when I gave it to the animals, and I thought boiling hot water would also help it to "melt" and return to liquid.
- Perhaps putting sugar in it messed it up somehow.
Since I have vast quantities of this stuff , and would like to both save some money and use up the powdered milk, I don't want to just throw my hands up in the air. I can serve it to them as it is, they liked it and they ate all the lumps, but I find it aggravating that I can't seem to get it to work right.