Instant Nonfat Dry Milk FAQs

Question: Where can I buy Mountain Maid instant nonfat dry milk?

Answer:  Mountain Maid instant nonfat dry milk (INDM) is not available commercially. TVS packages this product exclusively for the USDA, who then distributes the milk to food banks, schools, emergency feeding programs, and various nonprofit organizations.

Question: What is the shelf-life of Mountain Maid INDM?

Answer:  Each bag of Mountain Maid INDM is printed with a "Best if Used By" date which indicates the shelf life of the product. This date corresponds to one year after the date of packaging, and it corresponds to the time frame during which you can expect the best quality and retention of vitamins and minerals. 

From a nutritional standpoint, Mountain Maid INDM will retain its full nutritional calculation for approximately 1 year, if free from heat and moisture. After one year, the nutritional value will decrease by about 20% each year thereafter.

From a food safety standpoint, the shelf-life of Mountain Maid INDM will vary depending mainly on heat, moisture, and exposure to an open environment.  Any dry milk is spoiled by excessive heat and/or moisture - if these two elements are controlled, dry milk can stay fresh for up to several years.  Once heat and moisture have affected the milk, the powder will become yellow in color, clump together, and be difficult to mix. A good way to tell if your INDM is still good is simply to look at it and smell it.  If the product appears yellow in color, this indicates it has started to spoil and should be discarded.  Likewise, if excessive clumping is observed, this indicates that excessive moisture has been introduced and the product should be disposed of. The aroma of the INDM should be fairly neutral with a slightly sweet smell – if you notice any off-aromas, such as a typical soured or spoiled milk smell, this indicates the product is spoiled and should not be consumed.

Question: Do I need to refrigerate reconstituted Mountain Maid Instant Nonfat Dry Milk?

Answer: Yes. Just like regular fresh milk, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days.

Question: How should I store Mountain Maid Instant Nonfat Dry Milk?

Answer:  Dry milk should be tightly sealed and stored in a cool, dry place.   You may store Mountain Maid INDM in a refrigerator or freezer to help retain vitamins and minerals and extend freshness.

Question: How do I make one 8 oz. glass of fluid milk from Mountain Maid INDM?  How much fluid milk does the entire bag make?

Answer:  To mix approximately one 8-ounce glass - add 1/3 cup of Mountain Maid INDM to one 8 fluid ounce glass of water.  Other mixing amounts are shown in the table below.  Note: Due to settling of the product during shipping and storage, the volume of fluid milk made from Mountain Maid INDM may vary slightly.



 INDM (volume)

 INDM (weight)

 Fluid Milk Produced

3-3/4 Cups

1-1/3 Cups

3.2 Oz.

1 Quart

7- 1/2 Cups

2-2/3 Cups

6.4 Oz.

1/2 Gallon

15 Cups

 5-1/3 Cups

12.8 Oz.

1 Gallon

30 Cups

10-2/3 Cup (entire bag)

25.6 Oz. (entire bag)

2 Gallon 2 Gallons

Question: Is INDM derived from cow’s milk only?

Answer: Yes.

Question: I'm lactose intolerant. Can I drink Mountain Maid INDM?

Answer:  Mountain Maid INDM is simply fluid milk with the fat and water removed. Once water is added, the milk is just like the fluid nonfat milk you would buy in the grocery store and has all the same properties. Therefore, any allergies or problems you have with fluid milk you will have with dry milk.

Question: What is in dry milk?

Answer: You will find a complete breakdown of nutrients at:

INDM Nutritional Facts

Question: What are 'Vitamin A palmitate' & 'Vitamin D3' and why are they added to Mountain Maid INDM?

Answer: Vitamin A palmitate and vitamin D3 are added because the government, years ago, regulated that milk had to contain a specified amount of vitamins A and D per serving. Low fat/nonfat milk needs to be fortified to raise the levels of vitamins A and D because these vitamins are contained in the fat globules. Therefore, milk containing less or no fat than whole milk would need fortification. The vitamin used for this fortification is AD3-Palmitate. AD3-Palmitate was developed especially for use in milk-based products. It is easily handled, readily dispersible, and is from a carefully selected, suitably stabilized vitamin A palmitate of exceptional purity. AD3-Palmitate is produced by vitamin manufacturers, and contains the same chemical structure as the natural vitamins A and D found in whole milk, and found in many of the fresh fruits and vegetables we eat.

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