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Substituting Condensed Milk for Whole Milk

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Condensed milk can be substituted for whole milk in some recipes. Since condensed milk contains a lot of added sugar it may not always be the best choice. Evaporated milk and water are another option. This is a guide about substituting condensed milk for whole milk.
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April 26, 2015

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

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April 26, 20153 found this helpful
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Sweetened condensed milk cannot be substituted for whole milk. Condensed milk is milk that has been reduced and to which a great deal of sugar has been added. You can, however, substitute evaporated milk for whole milk. Just add the same amount of water as you have evaporated milk; example, 1 cup milk and 1 cup water. Hope this helps.

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April 28, 20154 found this helpful
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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.

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June 3, 2017

How much sweetened condensed milk can I use to substitute for 1 cup of whole milk?

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June 3, 20171 found this helpful
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From Thrifty Fun: Sweetened condensed milk cannot be substituted for whole milk. Condensed milk is milk that has been reduced and to which a great deal of sugar has been added.

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You can, however, substitute evaporated milk for whole milk. Just add the same amount of water as you have evaporated milk; example, 1 cup milk and 1 cup water.

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June 4, 20170 found this helpful
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I believe you could only do this with certain types of recipes or you may have to just hope for the best outcome. Hopefully, you may also have a can of evaporated milk which is okay to substitute (1/1 milk/water ratio).

This is the answer most cooking sites will state:
Sweetened condensed milk cannot be substituted for whole milk. Condensed milk is milk that has been reduced and to which a great deal of sugar has been added. You can, however, substitute evaporated milk for whole milk. Just add the same amount of water as you have evaporated milk; example, 1 cup milk and 1 cup water.

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April 25, 2017

Can I use sweetened condensed milk in place of the whole milk and sugar in a pudding recipe? The recipe calls for 3 cups whole milk and 1 cup of sugar.

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April 25, 20170 found this helpful
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yes-use 1.25 cans

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January 11, 2019

How much sweetened condensed milk should I use for 1/3 cup sugar and 2-3/4 cups milk?

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January 12, 20190 found this helpful

You cannot substitute. Sweetened condensed milk is milk that has been cooked down and has a lot of sugar added.

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January 13, 20190 found this helpful

This question has been asked on this site in the past and it seems there are differences of opinion as to whether this can be done.

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I believe that it is generally recommended to use evaporated milk as a substitute instead of condensed milk but maybe you only have condensed?

I know it will work with some recipes but not sure what you are making so read some of the answers and decide for yourself.

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