How to use evaporated milk?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how to use evaporated milk” with an in-depth analysis of the different ways to use evaporated milk. Moreover, we are going to discuss the culinary uses of evaporated milk.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

How to use evaporated milk?

Evaporated milk can be used in a variety of ways. It can be used in dessert recipes including pumpkin pie, fudge, tres leches, and more. It’s also used in creamy salad dressings, spaghetti sauces, soups, etc. When breading fish, meat, or veggies, it can be combined with eggs to make a fantastic dipping liquid.

Moreover, it can also be used as a substitute for regular milk in hot beverages like tea or coffee. Omelets, soups, hot oatmeal, and even spaghetti sauce can all be made with evaporated milk.

How to use evaporated milk in tea?

Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate can all benefit from the addition of evaporated milk. It will give your favorite hot beverage a creamy richness without adding a lot of calories. For coffee and tea, try a splash instead of creamer, or heat it for hot chocolate (dividing it with normal milk if you do need some extra volume).

How to use evaporated milk to make sauce/salad dressing?

You can make an eggless coleslaw, pasta salad, or potato salad dressing by using evaporated milk. Evaporated milk thickens when you mix it cold with an acid like lemon or vinegar. However, don’t put it in an acidic dish that will be heated because evaporated milk will curdle in this situation. Another option is to make a basic white sauce with the evaporated milk to thicken sauces and soups.

How to use evaporated milk in place of regular milk in different recipes?

Add 1/2 cup water to 1/2 cup evaporated milk in a recipe that calls for 1 cup (250 mL) milk. 

What is the best way to store evaporated milk?

  1. When it comes to the storage conditions, they play a really important role in determining the shelf life of the evaporated milk. Therefore you should always store your evaporated milk properly to preserve its freshness and quality for a long time.
  1. When it comes to the unopened packages of evaporated milk, you can store them in a cool, dry, and dark place away from direct sunlight and heat.
  1. It means that you can easily store the unopened box of evaporated milk in a dry corner of your pantry or kitchen cabinet.
  1. In the case of the open evaporated milk, it is recommended to store your evaporated milk in an air-tight container or jar and store it in a cool, dry, and dark corner of your pantry or kitchen cabinet to preserve its freshness for a long time. You should never store your evaporated milk in a humid environment as humidity is the enemy of the delicate flavors of evaporated milk and it can even spoil your evaporated milk (if evaporated milk is stored for too long in a humid environment and too uncovered).
  1. If you are wondering why we are insisting on storing evaporated milk (dry) at room temperature, then one of the reasons behind this recommendation is that the quality of evaporated milk can degrade with the fluctuations in temperature. 
  1. Therefore not only should you store evaporated milk at room temperature but you should also make sure that you are not storing it near a heater or an air-conditioner.
  1. Evaporated milk can pick up smells and that is another reason why we advised you to store your open evaporated milk in an air-tight container. Moreover, you should always try to store your evaporated milk away from strong-smelling foods like garlic and onion.
  1. UV radiations present in the sunlight can also mess up the delicate flavors of evaporated milk, therefore it is recommended that once you open your evaporated milk pack, store the rest of the evaporated milk in a tinted or colored air-tight container. 
  1. The reason behind using a tinted or colored container is that the sunlight won’t be able to penetrate it, thereby the quality of evaporated milk will be preserved for a long time.
  1. Another thing that you should always remember is to never use a wet spoon to scoop out evaporated milk. 
  1. Moreover, you should close the lid of the container in which you stored evaporated milk as soon as you are done scooping out the evaporated milk that you needed.

Is evaporated milk safe to use after the best-before date?

The “best by” or “best before” date that is written on the carton of evaporated milk refers to the quality rather than safety so evaporated milk doesn’t necessarily go bad immediately after the best before date. 

This date refers to the time during which you can enjoy the peak quality and flavor of evaporated milk but you can still use evaporated milk that is past this date as long as it was stored properly, there is no leakage in the carton and no signs of mold are present.

You can read how to make evaporated milk here.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how to use evaporated milk” with an in-depth analysis of the different ways to use evaporated milk. Moreover, we discussed the culinary uses of evaporated milk.

Citations

https://www.unlockfood.ca/en/Articles/Cooking-And-Food/Milk,-Yogurt-and-Cheese/All-About-Evaporated-Milk.aspx#:~:text=Use%20evaporated%20milk%20insevaporated milkd%20of,oatmeal%20or%20even%20spaghetti%20sauce.

https://www.seriouseats.com/what-to-do-with-evaporated-milk

https://www.myrecipes.com/ingredients/evaporated-milk-recipes

https://www.thespruceeats.com/uses-for-leftover-evaporated-milk-1389371

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