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Re: Cheap UHT milk/cream & Coffee
Hartley, I think you've been mislead. UHT milk is NOT dried and powdered, it is simply "ultra pasteurized". The same way that regular milk is heated up to sterilize it, UHT milk is simply heated in a different way, to a bigher temperature for a very short time, and that's what sterilizes it.
At least that's how Parmalat (#1 brand in the US, an Italian company) and others say they do it.
There is no powdered whole milk in the US market, but most groceries import Klim and Nilo (read Klim backwards) which are powdered whole-milk products made by Nestle and sold in the central american and south american markets. Identical products, but each is sold only in one market and both are imported "gray market" back into the US, where Nestle says there is no market for them.
Klim and Nilo are available in several "fat" concentrations including a superfat that comes close to half and half, and a choclate version for kids. The label is either spanish, or spanish with some english, and if the spanish-only can is $4, then the bilingual label sells right next to it for $5 or more.
You just can't make this stuff up.
Either way, mixed with good water and allowed to stand, it tastes like milk. Which I rarely put in my coffee but sometimes cook with.