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Substitutions for Milk in Recipes

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 Evaporated Milk

When using canned condensed or evaporated milk in place of regular milk, you may need to make some adjustments. This guide is about substitutions for milk in recipes.


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Tip: Have Evaporated Milk In Your Pantry

I pick up a can of evaporated milk every time I do my weekly grocery shopping. It is very inexpensive and good to have on hand. It can be used in place of light cream in recipes, in place of milk (my mother always made her rice pudding substituting a can of evaporated milk and I still make it that way!)

By Carol from Lancaster, PA

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Here are questions related to Substitutions for Milk in Recipes.

Question: Substituting Evaporated Milk for Whole Milk in Recipes

Can I use Carnation (or store brand) evaporated milk the same as whole milk in a recipe? Or is there some "rule of thumb" to go by when cooking with canned evaporated milk? Does it need to be diluted?

By Sandy from Richmond, VA


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By Sheila [3]11/28/2011

You can dilute it if you want, but I wouldn't, might make potatoes runny after you add butter. I used whole milk or canned milk, which ever I have on hand and use it full strength.

Question: Substitutions for Evaporated Milk in Recipes

Can you substitute 2% or any kind of milk for evaporated milk in recipes such as pumpkin pies? If so, how much?

By Linda from Brighton, MI


Most Recent Answer

By Jacque [4]10/26/2010

My neighbor lady gave me this recipe that her mother used for years.

Canned Or Sweet Milk

Yield: 1 Cup

3/4 cup Sugar
1/3 cup Water
1/4 cup Oleo
1 cup Powdered Milk

Place first three ingredients in saucepan and bring to a boil.
Pour into blender, slowly add powdered milk as blending.
Blend until smooth
Store covered in refrigerator.

Question: Substituting Evaporated Milk for Whole Milk

Can I use evaporated milk in making mashed potatoes as a substitute for whole milk?

By Marge J.

Most Recent Answer

By Judy = Oklahoma [58]11/30/2011

Absolutely, and you will love the richer flavor it gives your potatoes! I also use it in my potato soup & you can really tell the difference compared to using regular milk - just not the same!

Question: Substituting Condensed Milk for Whole Milk

So how much sweet condensed milk does it take to substitute whole milk?

    By Aprill M. [2]

    Most Recent Answer

    By Dinah Ackerson [2]04/28/2015

    Condensed milk can be substituted for whole milk in recipes:
    1 cup whole milk = 1/2 cup condensed milk + 1/2 cup water
    As condensed milk is already sweetened, reduce the sugar in your recipe by 6 teaspoons for each change.

    Question: Substituting Evaporated Milk for Whole Milk

    How much evaporated milk equals 2/3 cup of whole milk?

    By Donna

    Most Recent Answer

    By Dinah Ackerson [2]01/01/2015

    About Evaporated milk
    A canned milk product made from unpasteurized milk which has had 50 to 60 percent of the water removed by an evaporation process. This canned milk product was heavily used during World War II when fresh milk was less available. The product became a household staple and is still used today. It can be chilled and whipped, used to replace half and half, cream or milk in recipes. Also see sweetened condensed milk

    Substitute for Evaporated milk

    For 1 cup of evaporated milk, substitute 1 cup half-and-half, 1 cup heavy cream OR 1 cup whole milk

    5 oz. can evaporated milk = 2/3 cup

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    Question: Substituting Evaporated Milk for Whole Milk

    I need 1/2 cup of milk, but only have evaporated milk. How can I substitute it? Help me plz.

    By Colleen A.