Dairy Husbandry Department
1. Milk powder can be successfully used for starter making in creameries. It is a suitable substitute for natural skim milk in creameries where skim milk is not easily obtainable.
2. Two drums of dried milk were kept in good condition in a room adjacent to the creamery for over a year at ordinary room temperature.
3. Three ounces of milk powder to one quart of pure water are the proportions which gave the best results in these investigations.
4. The milk powder should be dissolved in pure warm water, preferably clean distilled water. Pure well water also give good results. Add powder to water rather than water to powder to get the quickest solution.
5. The cost of skimmilk powder is 16 cents per pound. when it is dissolved in water in proportions given above the cost is 11 cents per gallon and $1.32 per hundred pounds.
6. The advantages of skimmilk powder for starters in creameries are that a large supply may be secured at one time, it is always on hand when needed and always fresh and is not bulky to store and to transport.
7. The chief disadvantage of milk powder for starters is the cost and some additional work in preparing the starters.
creamery, butter, milk powder usage, skim milk
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Larsen, C. and White, W., "Milk Powder Starters in Creameries" (1910). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 123.