Milk and cream can be found in many dishes – savory and sweet – as they add a rich flavour and creamy texture. It’d be hard to picture a kitchen or fridge without some. While they easily make most dishes and desserts better, it can be tough to manage such short expiration dates. Most cafes, restaurants, and workplaces have at one time or another overbought stock and then found themselves with out of date cartons.

One solution to this problem is having bulk milk powder and cooking creams on hand. They have much longer shelf lives and are a great backup if you’re ever caught short. Milk powder is also cheaper than fresh, liquid milk and doesn’t take up valuable real estate space in the fridge.

Australians have used the creamy cooking and sweet milk products from Carnation for generations. Add them to your pantry to ensure you always have what you need to make a yummy meal or treat.

 

What can you use cooking cream for?

There are a handful of different cooking creams such as light cream, heavy cream, whipped cream, and crème fraîche. Cooking creams handle heat well, making is a great way to get thick, rich flavours and textures in your food without it curdling.

Common savory dishes with heavy cream in them include soups, bisques, and curries. As well as in soups, crème fraîche can be found in creamy sauces and tarts. It has more fat than sour cream but can be used as a replacement or substitute. Creams aren’t all perfectly interchangeable, but if you’re looking for a lower fat option then you can often swap heavy cream for light cream.

You don’t always have to heat up cooking cream though. Cold creams are perfect for desserts like drizzling light or whipped cream over fresh fruit. A dollop of whipped cream can improve practically any dessert such as tarts, pies, fruit crumble or cobbler, and puddings.

 

Different ways to use milk powder

Milk powder is regular milk that’s dehydrated. It’s great for baking as it has a much longer shelf life than liquid milk. Typically lasting from several months up to a year at room temperature. If fortified with extra nutrients, it can also act as a supplement to support a balanced diet.

After adding water to return it to a liquid state, you can use it like you would fresh milk. You can add it to savory dishes like risotto, curry, and soups. It can be added into baking dishes like bread, cakes, and pancakes. Desserts are no exception. Milk powder can be used to make puddings, crème brulee, and shakes. It adds a rich, creamy taste to the food, just like you’d expect from freshly bought milk.

Another way to use milk powder is to simply add water and use it as normal, liquid milk. You can drink it, add to smoothies, and put it on cereal. If you venture outside the kitchen, milk powder (with water) can be used as a skin moisturiser or in a bath.