The Making of Dry Milk

As chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Quality Milk Sales, Rance Miles oversees the production of dry milk and other dairy products. Rance Miles also holds executive and board positions with several other producers of milk products.

The process of making dry milk begins when deliveries of fresh milk arrive at the creamery for quality testing. After testing is complete, the milk passes through an evaporator, which increases the percentage of solids in the milk to about 50 percent. The milk also undergoes pasteurization as it travels through the evaporator, after which time it goes through a separator to remove the butterfat.

The newly skimmed milk then undergoes standardization, which ensures that the percentage of solids remains consistent across each product. The condensed milk then becomes powdered milk, which can happen via one of several processes. One of the most common is spray-drying, which uses moving hot air to take the remaining water out of the milk. Drying may also take place using a heated drum, which removes moisture via electric current, or through the use of a compact dryer system that converts the milk into extremely fine droplets.


Benefits of Various Types of Cow’s Milk

Rance Miles oversees operations at a number of dairy product companies as general manager, chief operating officer, and chief financial officer of Quality Milk Sales in Artesia, New Mexico. In these leadership positions, Rance Miles provides various dairy products, including nonfat dry milk, condensed milk, and numerous cheeses, to international and domestic clients.

Milk is a great source of protein and vitamins D and K. An ample provider of calcium as well, one might wonder why anyone would drink anything but a glass of traditional whole milk at breakfast. However, there are actually a number of dairy milk variants, each with its own set of physical benefits. Organic milk, for example, contains higher concentrations of select antioxidants and fatty acids; the cows producing organic milk are provided with a free-roam, pesticide-free lifestyle. Unpasteurized milk, or raw milk, contains bacteria and enzymes that some people believe are beneficial to the body.