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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?

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December 28, 20100 found this helpful
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You can certainly use it interchangeably in recipes. Simply dilute with plain water, (2 parts milk and 1 part water, according to AllRecipes, though I had thought it was 1:1). I think it has a richer flavor, which lends itself nicely to cooking. I always use it instead of regular milk and cream in my "cream of" soups.

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January 3, 20111 found this helpful
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Its a 1:1 ratio on evaporated milk not sure whats up with All Recipes. My Joy of Cooking calls for using a 1:1 ratio when substituing for milk in a recipe and its a standard. Straight evaporated milk may be substituted for light cream in recipes. I too believe it has a richer flavor than regular milk.

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January 3, 20111 found this helpful
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It usually says right on the can that mixing the evap with an equal quantity of water produces milk that is "not below the standards" for regular whole milk. The 1:1 ratio is best when replacing milk in a recipe, and undiluted evap works well most of the time as a substitute for cream, except for whipping. Evap can be whipped when chilled awhile, but it's nothing like real whipped cream.

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March 26, 20170 found this helpful

I'm going to try Carnation Evaporated low fat 2% Milk (12 oz) in place of fat free milk in my rice pudding recipe. The label states "use an equal amount of Carnation in place of reduced fat milk". Maybe different ones call for different formulas???

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June 18, 20170 found this helpful

Amen!

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December 28, 20100 found this helpful

That is what my late Mother used to do, however, she just poured some of the milk into the kettle with whatever she was cooking, then added some water. Basically she was eyeballing it.

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January 4, 20110 found this helpful

It's definitely 1:1. Use full strength when adding to mashed potatoes. Cay from FL

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November 28, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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