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Nestle NIDO Dry Whole Milk

photo:   Nestle NIDO Dry Whole Milk drink

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Milk for the backcountry that tastes a lot like milk. Whole milk with milkfat retained. Great for breakfast cereals, in coffee, in meals and can even be drunk by itself.

Pros

  • Tastes similar to real milk
  • Reconstitutes well even with cold water
  • Full fat in a light form

Cons

  • Faint cooked milk odor
  • Very moisture sensitive


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Nothing like the powdered non-fat milk commonly sold here in the US, Nestle's NIDO Dry Whole Milk is worth the effort to track down. The ingredients are simple; whole milk and a tiny bit (0.2%) of soy lecithin as an emulsifier. Being whole milk may contribute to the surprisingly good flavor, but it definitely adds some light to carry fat calories to a backcountry diet.


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Instructions say to use warm water to reconstitute, but I just pour cold water into a bag with granola cereal and the NIDO powder and get good results. I also use it along with cheese powder to create a creamy tasting sauce for dinners. I don't put milk in my coffee but I have a feeling it would make a pretty good creamer based on the taste.

There is a slight odor issue, but having been raised on a dairy farm my nose is very sensitive when it comes to milk. It isn't a bad smell, sort of like steamed milk. It just seems to get my attention.


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As you may notice from the packaging this is an international product produced in the Netherlands. There are other products sold under the NIDO name so look closely before purchasing.

I can definitely recommend Nestle's NIDO Dry Whole Milk for use on the trail or even at home for most purposes. If you really need a glass of milk to go with your cookies this stuff would probably work, but as part of a hot meal or with cereal in the morning it definitely does the trick. With its high fat content it is an easy to carry way for a thru hiker, or anyone really, to add some useful calories to their trail diet.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $19 1.98LB/900g

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