Can evaporated milk be substituted for condensed milk?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can evaporated milk be substituted for condensed milk?”, and how to make vegan and sugar-free condensed milk?

Can evaporated milk be substituted for condensed milk?

No, evaporated milk cannot be substituted for condensed milk directly. Evaporated milk is a dehydrated form of fresh milk and does not contain any sugar. While half of the condensed milk is made up of sugar and has a thick and creamy consistency.

Condensed milk has a sweet and caramelized flavor while evaporated milk tastes almost like milk except that it develops a slightly sweet taste and an off-white color due to the concentration of milk sugar.

But you can make your own sweetened condensed milk from evaporated milk. Read on if you want to know how to make condensed milk at home and what are the other substitutes for condensed milk.

What is condensed milk?

Condensed milk is a milk product that is prepared by removing about 60% of the water from dairy milk. For this, milk is heated at about 85-90°C temperature. Sucrose is added to milk till approximately half the ratio of sugar to milk is achieved. Sucrose acts as a preservative by increasing the osmotic pressure of the fluid, thus, preventing microbial growth.

What is evaporated milk?

As the name indicates, evaporated milk is made by evaporated about 60% water from fresh milk. Evaporated milk, contrary to regular milk, is a shelf-stable product because heating reduces the water activity and the microbial load of milk, in turn, extending the shelf life of milk.

After heating, the milk is canned, the fat of milk is homogenized and the can is heat sterilized. This way milk can be transported safely to far-off places without spoilage. Additives are added to prevent milk solids from settling down.

How to make condensed milk at home?

With evaporated milk

You will need the following ingredients to make condensed milk from evaporated milk.

  • 1 ½ cup or 300 grams-white granulated sugar
  • 12 ounces can of evaporated milk

Follow the procedure given below:

  1. Pour the evaporated milk and sugar into a pot or saucepan.
  2. Bring the liquid to a boil while stirring continuously.
  3. Keep an eye on the color and consistency. When the liquid develops a pale yellow color and a rich creamy consistency, turn off the flame.
  4. Let it cool at room temperature.
  5. Store in the refrigerator in a sterilized container.

With fresh milk

If you do not have evaporated milk, worry not, use whole milk to make sweetened condensed milk for your desserts. Make sure you have the following ingredients in stock.

  • 100 grams granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp or 28.4g unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cup full-fat milk
  • Vanilla essence

Follow the procedure given below:

  1. Pour the milk into a pot or a saucepan and add sugar.
  2. Cook on low heat until the volume of milk is reduced to half and it develops a pale yellow color and a creamy consistency.
  3. Melt butter into the liquid. Add vanilla essence for flavor.
  4. Let it cool.
  5. Store in a sterilized container and refrigerate.

With milk powder

  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 68g fat-free powdered milk
  • 134 grams of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • Vanilla essence(optional)

Follow the procedure below:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend on full speed until smooth.
  2. Store in a sterilized container in the refrigerator.

Instead of dairy-based milk powder, non-dairy milk powders can also be used like soya milk powder, rice milk powder, potato milk powder, coconut milk powder, and cashew powder, etc.

Vegan condensed milk

3 cups of plant-based milk

600 grams of White Sugar

3 tbsp or 22g Cornflour

  1. Add your milk(soya milk, almond milk, or oat milk) into a pot or a saucepan
  2. Add sugar and cook on low flame until the milk changes color.
  3. Liquify cornstarch by adding water to it. Whisk well to dissolve lumps.
  4. Add the cornstarch into milk and stir.
  5. Turn off the flame and whisk the milk until smooth.
  6. Store in a sterilized container in the refrigerator.

Sugar-free condensed milk

3 tsp butter melted

 ⅔ cups Sugar alternative 

1/3 cup Boiling Water 

1 Cup Milk Powder

  1. In a bowl, whip all the ingredients until smooth and creamy.
  2. Store in a sterilized container and refrigerate.

Cream of coconut as an alternative to condensed milk

It is made by adding sugar to coconut cream. It makes for a good substitute for condensed milk because of a similar taste and texture.

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “Can evaporated milk be substituted for condensed milk?”, and how to make vegan and sugar-free condensed milk?

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Sana Ameer

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.

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