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How To Make Evaporated Milk

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Easily make Evaporated Milk at home in just 25 minutes!
Make evaporated milk at home!

Hi Bold Bakers!

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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How to Make Evaporated Milk

4.6 from 69 votes
Easily make Evaporated Milk at home in just 25 minutes!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Easily make Evaporated Milk at home in just 25 minutes!
Author: Gemma Stafford

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cups (26floz/732ml) full-fat milk*

Instructions

  • 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). 
  • 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. 
  • Simmer the milk for about 25 minutes or until it's reduced down to roughly 1 1/2-1 1/4 cups of liquid. 
  • Once the milk has reduced and turned a creamy color pass it through a sieve remove any skin. Set aside to cool completely. 
  • Store the evaporated milk covered in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

Recipe Notes

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

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Simon Jobs
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Simon Jobs
3 months ago

I can’t read the text properly because of the pop-ups on the left hand of the page

Amila
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Amila
2 months ago

Hi Gemma! I was wondering, since I have an Induction Stovetop, I can set it from 0-9 power. What power would you recommend for every step? Thanks in advance!

Maryam
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Maryam
6 months ago

Hi ,Gemma after baking 30 minutes of baking my cake is getting dry and hard ,whatever I bake muffins,cake,buns even that I follow the ingredients and recipe and temperature,please guide me ,where is my mistakes?????

Luvcinnamonrolls
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Luvcinnamonrolls
2 days ago

I have seen a recipe on the net of Trees leches that uses only whole milk. I am very confused. I do not have evaporated milk or condensed milk. Making those seems like a pain. How much evaporated milk will this recipe make? The Tres leches recipe is by the YouTube channel Food Fusion

chris
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chris
20 days ago

Anyone seen a difference using semi skimmed milk?

MHussein
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MHussein
1 month ago

Hello Gemma
I really want to thank you for your videos … amazing work
i have a question about the evaporated milk … i did all the steps you said and even i let it simmer for longer time i become off white but not like the one in the video and the taste is not sweet as in the can but it thicker… i want to know if i am doing right or not ???

Amila
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Amila
2 months ago

Hi Gemma! I have an induction stove pot, 0-9 power, to what power should I set it?

Lina
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Lina
2 months ago

Hello, I recently used your recipe to help me make sweetened condensed milk so that I could make a no churn vanilla ice cream recipe I found. I found the recipe for sweetened condensed milk helpful because it’s an expensive ingredient for me to buy. The recipe also calls for heavy cream and I found that heavy cream is even more expensive. So I began to look for another real cream substitute that would be cheap and easy to make. So, after some research I found it possible to substitute heavy cream with evaporated milk but I wonder if this… Read more »

Dominic Pradetto
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Dominic Pradetto
2 months ago

Hello Gemma. Can I use half and half instead of whole milk? Or will this clot as well?

Daniel
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Daniel
3 months ago

Can you use whipping cream (heavy milk?) On Keto i can’t have sugar and too much carbs

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