Can you turn full cream milk into semi-skimmed or skimmed by simply adding water to it? (UK milk terminology used).

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Can you turn full cream milk into semi-skimmed or skimmed by simply adding water to it? (UK milk terminology used).

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No the point is that fat (cream) floats on water so by drawing a skimmer across the top you remove the cream, but leave the other parts of the milk intact.

You can turn it into semi-skimmed by adding skim milk to it. You can’t turn full cream milk into skim milk though, the fat has to go somewhere.

No, you would be just diluting it. The fat content which differs between semi skimmed , skimmed etc.. will remain unchanged.

The only difference between the different milk labels is the amount of fat.

Lower fat milk is made by removing the fat. If you add water to milk you would be making the milk “weaker”. It would be less concentrated, and won’t taste the same, but the fat, protein, vitamins, calcium etc. will not be changed.

Fat does carry flavour molecules though, thats why people like or dislike full fat/cream milk , because they would be tasting a “milkier” taste.

If you mixed equal quantities full fat and skimmed you’d get semi skimmed, approximately.

You have to remove the fat to get skimmed, not just dilute it.

It is fine to do. There is less fat per serve if you add water.

It dilutes it, does not remove it, but there is less fat per serve in a proportional ration to water added.

So it can be a good idea.

Adding water is a good strategy to save money, calories and make milk go further.

I do this with my skim milk or full cream milk on cereal, I add 1/3 water to milk for cereal, had been suggested to me by a clinical dietitian and is a simple way to go!