Evaporated Milk Has Brown Tint

I was given some evaporated milk and when opened it had a brown tinted color. I did thoroughly shake the can before opening. I looked at a web page about evaporated milk, and I could not see an answer. It was not passed the "use by" date on the can. It had a generic label but when I read on the back, it said Safeway Milk Company. Any ideas? Thanks!


November 19, 20081 found this helpful

It should be perfectly safe to use.

I dont use evap that much and am always a bit shocked each time I see the color. I always expect it to be the color more or less of cream and it isnt.

The fact that more than half of the water has been removed and the time/temperature involved in sterilizing it makes it darker.

It is hard to know how brown you think it looks. You can kinda get an idea of the color on this pic:


Safeway is reputable, there have been no recent recalls and it is not past the date so it should be fine. If you still feel uneasy about using it then you are only out a 50 cents to a dollar as that is the the sales price this time of year. If your gut is telling you to not use it then don't use it.

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November 20, 20081 found this helpful

Don't worry about it! I use evap milk all the time. It's a staple here in my home. It varies in color from one brand and can to another!

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November 20, 20081 found this helpful

I had some to turn that way. I keep my can goods in my garage on a metal rack with shelves. The heat from the summer in there can be very extreme with it shut up. My canned milk turned that color from the heat. I've sense changed things around.

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November 20, 20081 found this helpful

It should be very safe to use. Evaporated milk will be darker than regular milk.

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November 21, 20080 found this helpful

I recently opened some past-dated evaporated milk & it was brownish in color. I have found evaporated milk is usually a deep cream color, so to me the brown indicates that it has deteriorated. Maybe you could call the company's # on the can?

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November 21, 20081 found this helpful

I have found that evaporated milk if it start's to go bad, you can tell by shaking the can as the milk begins to thicken. If it does not shake well through it out. And yes different companies the color of the milk is different.

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November 22, 20160 found this helpful

I read to not throw it out, dilute it and use it in the garden to improve soil, there are instructions on how to do that on the web

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March 24, 20110 found this helpful

Oneta,log onto:stilltasty.com

Great site for all foods.

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