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Easily make Evaporated Milk at home in just 25 minutes!

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One of my favorite parts of Bold Baking Basics is giving you all the recipes for how to make your own ingredients at home. From improving upon what you can buy at the store, like my Homemade Butter recipe and Homemade Cream Cheese, to showing you how to make things that can be hard to find like buttermilk and mascarpone (soon!), these basics are the building blocks for baking confidently.

My method for How to Make Evaporated Milk is so easy. I get so many requests for what to replace this ingredient with, or where to find it, and now you never have to worry about that — because evaporated milk can be made so easily at home in just 25 minutes!

What’s the Difference Between Evaporated Milk and Condensed Milk?

While both are sweet dairy products, they have totally different flavors, textures, and uses.

Condensed milk has a thick syrup-like consistency and is made by reducing milk and sugar. I like to use this to make all of my 2 ingredient ice creams, so I keep this around all the time. Evaporated milk is simply just milk reduced down to super creamy liquid. By cooking off most of the water content of the milk, you get a naturally sweet milk substitute that has no added sugar content.

What Do You Use Evaporated Milk For?

Evaporated milk was initially made with the intention of being rehydrated, meaning it was milk that was reduced down for storage and shelf-life. In the process, cooks discovered its lovely flavor and thin-yet-creamy texture is great for adding to all kinds of things. I love to add this to soups, chowders, drinks, oatmeal, fudge, and more.

[ You can also use it in my super easy Tres Leches Cake recipe! ]

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How to Make Evaporated Milk

This is not so much a recipe but a method, and it really could not be more straight forward. To make evaporated milk you simply simmer milk for around 25 minutes.

You do this slowly over medium-low heat as to really allow the excess water in the milk to evaporate. Be sure to never boil the milk, though, as the only thing you ever let come to a boil in my house is water! After just a short time simmering, what you’re left with is the exact same thing you get in a can you buy at the store — it’s creamy in color and texture, and naturally sweet from the sugars in the milk.

How to Substitute Evaporated Milk

If you are unable to find evaporated milk and don’t have the time to make it, it can be substituted with a combination of milk and cream. Simply combine 1/4 cup cream with 3/4 cup milk for an alternative. This will not have the same sweetness and body as evaporated milk but it will add the same richness.

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Make evaporated milk at home!
How to Make Evaporated Milk
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Easily make Evaporated Milk at home in just 25 minutes!

Course: Ingredient
Cuisine: American
Author: Gemma Stafford
  • 3 1/4 cups (26floz/732ml) full-fat milk*
  1. In a non-stick heavy bottom saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer over medium heat (the milk will cook onto the sides of the pan, so using a non-stick pan will be so much easier to clean). 

  2. Once it simmers, turn down the heat to medium-low and let it gently simmer, stirring the milk occasionally to make sure it's not getting scorched on the bottom of the pan. 

  3. Simmer the milk for about 25 minutes or until it's reduced down to roughly 1 1/2-1 1/4 cups of liquid. 

  4. Once the milk has reduced and turned a creamy color pass it through a sieve remove any skin. Set aside to cool completely. 

  5. Store the evaporated milk covered in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

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Recipe Notes

* Dairy Free milks like nut milks and soy milk will work just fine.


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  1. pamela on April 12, 2019 at 4:02 am

    hi gemma so if i buy the whole milk in the store i can make evaporated milk with it if so thank you

    • Gemma Stafford on April 12, 2019 at 5:39 am

      Hi Pamela,
      yes! that is exactly it,
      Gemma 🙂

  2. Morag Young on March 15, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Hi Gemma,

    If I were looking to make, say, 6 cups of evaporated or condensed soya milk could I do it in a slow cooker? How long do you think it would take?


    • Gemma Stafford on March 16, 2019 at 8:54 pm


      I guess yes you could but I can’t tell you how long it would take because I haven’t tried it. I would google it. I know it is possible.


  3. Zunaira on February 26, 2019 at 2:35 am

    Can we use this evaporated milk in your ice cream recipe?

    • Gemma Stafford on February 26, 2019 at 10:20 am

      Hi there, this will not take the place of condensed milk in the ice cream so i would not suggest it.

  4. Daniel on February 13, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Can i use 2% milk?

    • Gemma Stafford on February 14, 2019 at 1:25 am

      Hi Daniel,
      Yes! what you are doing is evaporating the water content, the fat content does not matter!
      Gemma 😉

  5. Madeline Miller on December 16, 2018 at 6:51 am

    I am making your condensed milk recipe now. I need much more than 8 ozs. Can I double, triple, quadruple, etc., this recipe? I have big plans for Christmas gifts and will post pictures when I have finished.

    • Gemma Stafford on December 16, 2018 at 6:17 pm

      Hi Madeline,

      Yes you can absolutely multiply the recipe. It’s important that you look for the signs I showed in the video because yours will take longer if you are making more.


    • Madeline Miller on December 16, 2018 at 9:01 pm

      Thank you for getting back to me so quickly. I made the one cup today and am hoping to make more later this week. I will post pictures and tell you what I did with it.
      Madeline Miller

  6. Patricia on November 15, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Can you whip almond milk that hs been made into evaporated milk? Thanks for any help you can give.

    • Gemma Stafford on November 16, 2018 at 10:31 am

      Hi you can do this with coconut milk. I dont know about almond.

  7. Megan on November 11, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    What heavy bottom saucepan do you use in your recipes? What would be a good one for a home cook to buy? Thank you so much!


    • Gemma Stafford on November 11, 2018 at 6:45 pm

      Hi Megan,

      I have a few. Tefal is a really good brand that does heavy bottomed stainless steal. I use this pot for EVERYTHING!

      My advice is go to TJMAXX or Marshalls and you will find really great quality there but for a really good price. 🙂


  8. Zaina on October 16, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Hi gemma,

    Thank your for another awesome recipe.

    Looking forward for the rice chocolate pudding. In Philippines we call it champorado, i believe they call the same in mexico too.

    • Gemma Stafford on October 17, 2018 at 3:15 am

      Hi Zaina,
      Yes! that is exactly what we were thinking of, I know about your Champorado. The Mexican champurrado, as the cacao trees (source of chocolate) grown in the Philippines originally came from Mexico, and interesting fact, and lust proves that we are all one people! we love the same things. thank you for being here with us,
      Gemma 🙂

  9. Gillian DidierSerre on October 15, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Hi Gemma, can I use lactose free wholemilk to make your lovely evaporated milk tks💖

    • Gemma Stafford on October 17, 2018 at 6:59 am

      Hi Gillian,
      sure you can, and you can also make condensed lactose free milk (
      Lactose is the milk carb/sugar. When that is removed it changes the milk slightly, but not so that it would affect these recipes.
      Use a full fat version if you like too for extra richness,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Mary on December 21, 2018 at 3:18 pm

        Hi Gemma
        Love your recipes. If I make extra condensed milk may I freeze it? For how long? I have a lactose-free husband so making double and freezing for future holiday baking for him will save me a lot of time. This is such a helpful recipe for those with sensitivities to milk!

        • Gemma Stafford on December 21, 2018 at 7:36 pm

          I’m delighted to hear that. I would say you could freeze it for up to 3 weeks. Enjoy!

  10. Mila on October 15, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Can’t find the chocolate rice pudding Gemma!!

    • Gemma Stafford on October 17, 2018 at 7:36 am

      Hi Mila,
      That is this weeks recipe! You will find it here tomorrow, I think I caused a bit of confusion around this!
      Thank you for being here with us,
      Gemma 🙂

  11. Lillian Silva on October 14, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    As I’m lactos intolerant, can you make this with other types of milk?

    • Gemma Stafford on October 16, 2018 at 7:02 am

      Hi Lilian,
      Yes you can! You can also make condensed milk with other types of milk, coconut milk is a good choice for this, but really use what you generally use at home.
      It is just about reducing the water content of the milk, and was a method of preservation of dairy milk during the summer months when it was plentiful, for use in the cold winter months when it was scarce. Back in the day of course. It is a traditional thing.
      If you have a need for this for your recipes then it will be a good solution for you.
      Thank you for being in otuch,
      Gemma 🙂

  12. Guy on October 14, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Thank you! As usual so practical and useful recipes.


    • Gemma Stafford on October 16, 2018 at 6:46 am

      Hi Guy,
      Thank you, I am happy that you like these basic recipes,
      Gemma 🙂

  13. Ann on October 14, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Hi Gemma, what a great new method. I thought evaporated milk is slightly sweet though?

    • Gemma Stafford on October 16, 2018 at 4:40 am

      Hi Ann,
      Evaporated milk is slightly sweet because the lactose in milk is a type of sugar. It is just natural to the milk and the flavor is stronger because of the reduction of the water content.
      I hope this helps,
      Gemma 🙂

  14. farzina on October 14, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Hi Gemma,
    Thanks for all these great recipes.
    At the end of the video of how to make evaporated milk, you mentioned about a chocolate rice pudding which look so yummy, but i cant find the recipe neither on your website nor on youtube. Can you please share the link please.

    • Gemma Stafford on October 16, 2018 at 7:19 am

      Hi Farzina,
      Sorry to confuse, this recipe is on the way on Thursday of this week. I hope you tune in for it!
      Gemma 🙂

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