I recently attempted to make myself a Strawberry Milkshake Smoothie (as what is defined here, that is, no ice cream used) and failed miserably. This made me wonder about two things regarding this drink.

This time I tried to make it using powdered milk instead of the liquid one usually contained in Cartons. What I did was to put all those three ingredients (water, powder and strawberries) into the blender and then blended it until it had the desired consistency and color. The result was not as I expected, as the drink was not too flavored (tasted like water mostly, and seemed like it did not blended properly).

Could the order of preparation have affected the quality of my Beverage? I am no master chef at all, but I have at least prepared Lemonade to know that order sometimes matters here.

Also, that made me wonder if using powdered milk versus liquid milk could affect somehow the preparation of drinks like Milkshakes or Smoothies? I tried this time the powdered option, as I think I saw my favorite Milkshake seller use it instead of Carton milk so I thought it could be worth the try.

Other possibly important details on my failed attempt: The Strawberries were cold (not frozen but considerably cold), powdered milk was whole and fresh and used "standard" measure and added at most 2 cups of water (was a drink for one).

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    This seems obvious, but why not ask your favourite milkshake seller for advice here?
    – user51717
    Commented Oct 19, 2017 at 6:39
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    I wonder if you didn't add enough powdered milk Commented Oct 19, 2017 at 10:58
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    @GrayCygnus Yup, thanks! You weren't entirely wrong that the other version would clarify if people read really carefully, but a lot of people are going to assume they know what a milkshake is or just miss it. It was kind of like saying "I'm making a cake (this kind)..." and then the link turns out to be bread.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Oct 19, 2017 at 18:10
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    @Jefromi funny that you wanted such a change, since for me it fits the "milkshake" description than the "smoothie" description. I guess we have hit a mine of hidden cultural differnces here.
    – rumtscho
    Commented Oct 19, 2017 at 18:12
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    Oof, possibly there's some UK vs US difference here? Sorry, I didn't realize I might be dictating US terms here. Smoothie still seems more unambiguous in this case, though - as far as I can tell, it's understandable in UK English too. See also english.stackexchange.com/questions/300547/…
    – Cascabel
    Commented Oct 19, 2017 at 19:02

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I've never heard of Powdered Milk being used in a Milkshake, personally.

When I worked at a restaurant, majority of our shakes were made from a Soft Serve machine. Having had shakes at other locations, I gather most use Soft Serve unless they specify "hand-scooped" or "real ice cream", etc.

We'd pour the Soft Serve into a tall metal cup, and add some milk (not too much at first, you don't want it too runny), and then blended with a milkshake blender (can be imitated at home using an immersion blender).

We also had Simple Syrup to add on occasion (can be made at home, or found in your local grocery store, usually in the alcohol/bar isle). You can add flavors, like strawberries, bananas, pineapple (chopped or diced and then thrown in before blending), chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, etc. Top with whipped cream and candied/maraschino cherries.

We also offered hand-scooped shakes, which were made exactly the same way, except we used real ice cream instead of soft serve.

The trick was to not put too much milk in, you can always add more and blend again. Blending will thin it out too, if you do it too much - so be careful.

  • So you did used Liquid milk then (that is not powder?)
    – DarkCygnus
    Commented Oct 19, 2017 at 17:36
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    Yes, always liquid milk, never heard of powdered milk being used, personally.
    – SnakeDoc
    Commented Oct 19, 2017 at 17:36

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