Fresh Milk compared to Granulated Milk
Fresh Milk Coffee Machines
Can you afford the cost of a fresh milk coffee experience in your office ?
Fresh milk combined with high quality well extracted espresso is the ultimate experience for the coffee connoisseur, however in an office where time is money and with so many automatic machines around you have to be critical of all aspects to insure you make the right investment and save money.
The price of fresh milk
Fresh milk provides great taste however there are other elements which should be considered the likes of unit cost, storage, waste and hygiene A two litre container of milk will make around ten 200 ml lattes or cappuccinos. (280ml cup/mug)
The average two litre price in NZ is around $4.50 which equates to 45c per serve for milk alone.
A granulated pack costs around $ NZ $12.00 which gives a serve cost of 27c (60% cheaper) than the cost of a cup of fresh milk.
Factors to consider before selecting a fresh milk coffee machine
Serving 100 drinks per day would require 20 litres ( 10 containers ) This can create issues for businesses with limited space and who don’t have the luxury of walk in fridges.
Should also be considered at the end of the week having to throw away milk gone off.
and sanitizing of fresh milk machines is essential to maintain professional hygiene with parts in contact with milk having to be stripped and sanitized. High end machines will have automatic cycles but still require manual stripping down daily, which can take up to 20 minutes and essential to insure optimum performance
Powdered Milk Commercial Machines
There has been a vast improvement in powdered milk products in recent years, with the introduction of granulated skimmed milk which has seen “milk topping’ and “whitener” fast become a thing of the past.
Coupled with the new type automatic coffee machines now available the granulated product provides for a thick creamy milk with exceptional flavor and as close to fresh milk you are ever going to get.
Added benefits such as being very low fat and 100% dairy and lactose free with no additives or preservatives, not to mention quick dissolving. A 500g pack of granulated skimmed milk yields around forty 200ml drinks.
A box of granulated skim milk contains 20 packs, and will yield 800 cups. The equivalent using fresh milk equates to 80 two litre containers.
Granulated milk has a shelf life around 18 months and can be easily stored in a cupboard. Needless to say cleaning time is greatly reduced using granulated milk, with a daily clean taking around 5 minutes.
Other options with powdered milk when mixed with water allow you regulate the creaminess and store in your fridge , just like the fresh product, thus no fridge storage issues.
In summary, fresh milk provides the ultimate taste but when you consider storage, waste ,cleaning time and unit costs associated, then granulated milk far surpasses its fresh milk counterpart.
Fluid milk lasts only 18 days on the shelf in comparison to granulated powdered milk, which has an extended shelf life of 18 months. This extension is the result of removing almost all the moisture from fluid milk.
· Since granulated milk does not require expensive refrigeration, it is more economical than regular milk during storage. In addition, a 500g pack weighs less than the equivalent 4-5 litres of fluid milk, making the transportation ,storage handling costs for producers cheaper not to mention expired product.
Granulated milk powder is available in various forms, pure skim, part skim (14% fat), and full dairy topping. Fresh milk is usually purchased after it has been pasteurized and homogenized, and is available in whole, reduced fat and non-fat versions. Granulated milk is quickly reconstituted by mixing it with water.
During cooking and baking granulated milk enhances and distributes the flavours of other ingredients. With some dishes, it creates the creamier results desired in the finished recipe.
· Fresh milk and Granulated milk are comparable in nutritional value. Both types of milk contain the same amounts of protein, calcium and vitamin D.
·Once mixed with water Granulated milk tastes almost identical to its equivalent fresh milk counterpart
·Granulated milk costs less than fresh milk. While the prices of fresh milk fluctuate, the cost of powdered milk remains relatively unchanged.
· Fresh milk must be stored in the refrigerator and used within one to two weeks. Granulated milk, however, can be stored for up to 18mths, and also takes up less volume. Once it is mixed with water, the reconstituted milk must be refrigerated and used within a similar period to fresh milk.