April 9, 2018 5:22 pm at 5:22 pm #1504215DovidBTParticipant
Local stores here sell powdered milk (Cholov Stam) for about the same price as “fresh” milk, if I buy a large package. A 64-ounce package costs $16 and makes 20 quarts; that’s $3.20/gallon.
3.2 ounces of powder makes one quart of liquid milk; 1/3 cup of powder makes one cup of liquid milk.
The great advantage is the shelf life. You can keep the powder on the shelf for years, and mix it with water as you need it.October 31, 2021 10:10 am at 10:10 am #2022645DrankTheKoolAidParticipant
You can also buy powdered potatoes reconstituted and stored in a can of hydrogen peroxide and sulfites for 10 years.
Heck, I don’t even have a fridge. I have 20 different powders in my lab and
I just mix with water to create whatever food I want. Yesterday we all had hamburgers
on a bun. I mixed the hamburger powder, so I had hamburgers, but for the bun
I needed to wait until it rose. Making the pickles was tough though… I needed a lot
of Green #60 to blend with the Yellow #40 and 41 to get the right color.November 22, 2021 2:58 pm at 2:58 pm #2032161
On the East Coast, CY milk is in half gallons because of WIC. The reason it is priced more is because people can pay more because it is a WIC item. See the different cheeses.November 22, 2021 3:02 pm at 3:02 pm #2032180
For the same reason stores stock powdered milk. It is a requirement of WIC. It has a really long shelf life. And you may be seeing the same stock from when the store originally opened. The store must have it, in case of a WIC inspection. It’s easier to pick up a case in some non Jewish supermarket, than to find a Jewish distributor.November 22, 2021 3:03 pm at 3:03 pm #2032184
Additionally, I wonder if powdered milk is exempt from the whole idea of CS. Did it even exist in the times of the Mishna?November 22, 2021 3:04 pm at 3:04 pm #2032188
It should be mentioned, that before Rav Moshe CS was openly referred to as CY. It meant kosher dairy. And it still partially has that meaning.November 22, 2021 4:42 pm at 4:42 pm #2032247
Part of the difference in price, is that CS has a much larger market. This larger demand also allows for better date management. As the larger market is more stable.
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