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Used in equal amounts, evaporated milk is a convenient substitute for milk or cream. It adds rich, velvety flavor to everything from custards and fudge to boxed instant potatoes and mac and cheese.
Varieties and Buying Tips
Evaporated milk is sold in 5- and 12-ounce cans in whole (at least 7.9% milk fat), low-fat (about 4% milk fat) and nonfat (1/2% milk fat or less) varieties.
Storage TipsUnopened cans may be stored at room temperature for up to six months. Once opened, transfer to an airtight container and use within one week.
Nutrition NotesAs a result of the water removal, evaporated milk becomes richer, creamier and also higher in calories. However, it has half the total fat content of regular whole milk, and more than twice the amount of calcium and protein.
Usage Tips• Use in equal amounts as a lower fat substitute for light cream, heavy cream or half and half.
• Substitute for regular milk in instant pudding mixes, macaroni and cheese, boxed potatoes and condensed soups for more homemade flavor.
• Use evaporated milk as a creamer for coffee.
• Make whipped topping: lightly freeze (just until ice crystals form around the edges) in a shallow pan and then beat until fluffy.
• Keep it on-hand so you'll never run out of milk for recipes.
Substitution Tips• When mixed with an equal amount of water, evaporated milk may be substituted for fresh milk in recipes.
• Evaporated milk and condensed milk are not interchangeable in recipes. Because condensed milk is about 40% sugar, your results will be drastically different.
Try one of our favorite evaporated milk recipes:
Shrimp Curry with Coconut Milk
Banana Caramel Pie
5 Pound Fudge
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