Skimmed milk is made by separating the fat from the whole milk. This is usually done by boiling whole milk (raw fresh milk) first and then resting it for some time. Skimmed milk is one of the richest sources of calcium, it provides about 300 mg of calcium per cup. Even though skimmed milk is sold in the store and it is easy to find any time, it is wise and easy to make yours at home. In this way, you are sure that the fat is totally removed and the milk is free from sodium. The process of making skimmed milk can be a little bit time-consuming. This is is because the process is done repeatedly; the repeated process ensures the total removal of fat from the milk and gives you the best result.
You should also note that when you are skimming the fat from your milk; it may result in the loss of certain fat-soluble nutrients. These fat-soluble nutrients include Vitamins A and D; this may not be the best milk for everyone but is totally freed from fat. However, if you must opt for store-bought skimmed milk, be sure to always read labels carefully to ensure the skim milk is fortified with these important vitamins.
How to use skimmed milk
Items needed to skim milk at home
- Fresh whole milk
How to make skimmed milk at home
- Pour your whole milk into a medium pot and place it on a stovetop for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Once the milk has boiled, remove the milk from heat and let it rest undisturbed for 1 hour or more.
- When the milk has cooled down, you will notice a thick cream formed at the top layer; be careful not to stir it back into the milk.
- Use a spoon to gently scoop off the thick cream into another bowl; you can also place the boiled milk in the fridge for about 8 to 10 hours until the thick cream is formed at the top.
- After that, heat the milk again for 10 minutes, and repeat the process until you have completely scooped out all the fat from the milk leaving the low-fat milk.
- Transfer the fat into a container and store in the freezer, you can use it to make homemade butter or ghee depending on the amount you have gotten. As for the milk, you can use it to make any skimmed milk recipe of your choice.
Another way to make skimmed milk is by pouring the whole milk into a transparent glass jar and leaving it to rest on the countertop for 24 hours. After 24 hours, you will notice a thick cream will be formed at the top. The line between the milk and the creamy fat will separate to show the demarcation of each. When you can easily see the separating line between the cream and the milk, use a spoon to scoop out fat into another jar leaving only the low-fat milk.