That's the problem I had too with the brand I got that wasn't Carnation. It was grainy too, after being added! and never did get smooth.
I don't like "plain" fat free yogurt, I've added powdered milk to it and every thing I can think of, and I just don't like it in recipes.
I have found I LOVE plain fat free greek yogurt in recipes though. So give it a try. It's a little more expensive, but worth it to me. That or use a low calorie vanilla yogurt. lol That works pretty good too, except they have changed the low calorie ones and they now have a aftertaste (too much sweetener I think) that I don't like as much. However, before I discovered greek yogurt, and before they changed the way they made the fat free/sugar free vanilla yogurts, they worked well. And were no more calories then plain! But, now I just use the fat free greek and it isn't tart! It taste more like sour cream when on it's own, and it's GREAT in JoAnna's desserts.
The store brand I have been using went in the garbage. I made a fresh quart two days ago and this morning it was sour. No wonder JoAnna preferred Carnation! I remember the kind that came in pouches - I loved those but when my kids were growing up I bought the huge boxes of Carnation where you opened the plastic bag inside the box to scoop out what you needed. I haven't seen those for a long time.
I like to get a large box with 10 envelopes of 1 1/3 cups each envelope. It stays fresh longer. BUT, it's hard to find! When I first moved here, before learning about JoAnna it was simple as pie to find! lol hahaha I had never seen it sold like that in the Midwest! Only the boxes that you pour out of the box. But, love the envelope way because it stays fresh so much longer! And I only have to put one opened envelope in the fridge at a time, instead of a whole box. But, when I move back to Kansas, I'll have to go back to the box kind again. Even Walmart didn't have the box kind when it was that year they weren't producing for some reason. Glad it's back in production again.....I can't let my supply get this low again! In case they have production problems again.
I still have a box of Walmart brand in the closet (envelope kind) from when I bought it out of desperation thinking I was never going to get the Carnation again, but I used it once and it was awful! So I don't know. I may give it a try in the pie since it's baked...maybe it will be ok.....I don't know.
There was about a year, I couldn't get the dry powder any where, I was looking high and low. Thank goodness I keep a good stock (except for now obviously!) and I didn't run out during that year. I was lucky enough to find one box during that year hidden on the top shelf, that I literally had to get a basketball player to get down for me. But, that kept me going till the dry spell of Carnation was over! lol hahaha But, only certain stores sell certain brands here. No one store sells all brands of any item. It's so weird. When I lived in Kansas, I could basically go to one store and get every thing I wanted. I usually went to two though just for prices, but if I had to, I could get it all at one! Here it's not like that. I guess rent is so high for any location here in NYC, they can only have a very small space, and can only sell what their neighborhood really sells out of.
I think though the store I went to usually has it but was out. Being right after the 4th most of our stores were bare, of pretty much every thing. This year, I've seen more bare shelves then ever before. It's always been this way in NYC, but not as bad as this year. The stores usually look like ravenous wolves have been through, but this year has been even worse. I guess even more people are having to eat at home, so even less food is left on the shelves. Too many people, not enough food here! lol
You know I've looked locally to find Carnation powdered dry milk and no luck. I'm not out yet. Someone posted on WW that the plant is in the process of moving west.
Heather, why don't you make your own evaporated milk from the dry?
Sarah, from the El Nino weather predictions on the nightly news it looks like your corner of the world is going to get plenty of rain this winter. We only get precipitation, what ever that means. Sound like misty drizzle.
Tonight I made Tuna Plus Casserole from Man in Mind cookbook. The only changes I made was to use red bell pepper instead of green. I always omit the pimiento but the red bell pepper gave it the needed color. It was very good. O K DH had more than the stated 1/4 of the recipe. I also noticed the recipe calls for a 6 oz. can of tuna and I looked at the can and it is now 5 oz. At least there was ample tuna in the can instead of mostly liquid that has happened in the past. I also had a bag of the steamable vegetables. Had a coupon. In my opinion not worth it.
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