Why don’t we use skimmed milk powder in our foods?

We have had porridge in boxes for more than 10 years now, but up until recently, we had never launched porridge pots.

Customers have kept on asking us why we don’t have convenient porridge pots that they can enjoy on the go or al-desko at work. But there was one main reason why we never did it.

Skimmed milk powder.

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Almost all of our competitors in the porridge aisles make porridge pots, and almost all of them contain skimmed milk powder. They add it for two reasons; it makes porridge creamy, and it adds quite a lot of sweetness. And because it’s in a handy powder form you can give it a long shelf life.

You might be surprised to know that a lot of us at Rude Health make our porridge with cows milk. Yes, we do produce a range of dairy free milk alternatives, but we have never had a problem with milk itself. In fact, we love it so much that our founder Nick Barnard has written about and regularly holds workshops extolling the wonders of raw un-homogenised milk.

So what’s wrong skimmed milk powder?

Let’s be honest. Skimmed milk is like grey dishwater. We like full fat milk. Nature has provided us with an ingredient that is the perfect balance of protein, good fats and natural sugars (lactose). Why would we want to mess with it? When they take the cream out of milk, they remove most of the texture and all of the joy. We are not skimmed milk people, we live life to the full, with full fat dairy products.

Secondly, we strongly believe in the saying ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’. When you boil away water from milk to create skimmed milk powder, you don’t just remove H2O. Lot’s of other important nutrients are lost in the process. So you can’t simply reconstitute milk by adding water back in and expect it to be the same quality as it was.

So what do we do instead? We ground up freshly roasted almonds and hazelnuts and add them to our porridge mixes. They make our porridge almost as creamy as porridge made with milk and luxuriously nutty. Win. Win. And, most importantly, we don’t take anything away from our whole nuts. And now we have porridge pots that everyone can enjoy, including people with a dairy allergy.