Evaporated Milk Substitute

We've all been there: Partway through making a recipe, we realize we are missing an ingredient. Is there a substitute for evaporated milk, you wonder? Don't worry, you've got options.

Can of evaporated milk

Evaporated milk is homogenized milk that has been cooked to reduce its water content by 60 percent. It has a slightly caramelized flavor that is hard to duplicate, but these substitutions will work in most recipes:

• 2-1/4 cups whole milk, simmered gently in a saucepan until reduced to 1 cup. (This substitution will provide the flavor most similar to evaporated milk.) • 1 cup whole milk • 1 cup half-and-half • 1 cup light whipping cream (30 percent fat)

See our other milk substitutes information.


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