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Evaporated Milk

Evaporated Milk
Evaporated Milk

Evaporated Milk

Evaporated milk is a shelf-stable canned cow's milk where about 60% of the water has been removed from fresh milk. It has a thicker consistency than regular milk and a slightly caramelized flavor due to the heating process.

Evaporated milk is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes, including baking, sauces, and soups.

It was invented in the 19th century as a way to preserve milk since refrigeration was not widely available. Later, during World War II, evaporated milk became a staple ingredient in the rations provided to soldiers. It was also used extensively in civilian cooking, as fresh milk was often scarce.

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How to store Evaporated Milk?

Evaporated milk is being sold in cans and as such should be kept in a dark and cool place. Once opened, it is best to transfer the milk into a different container if not using a whole can then store it in the refrigerator and use it within 5-7 days.

What to make with leftover Evaporated Milk?

Evaporated milk can be used to make a rich and decadent caramel sauce. Simply heat evaporated milk with sugar and butter until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has thickened.

Evaporated milk is also a key ingredient in homemade marshmallows. The combination of evaporated milk, sugar, and gelatin creates a soft, fluffy marshmallow perfect for roasting or using in s'mores.

Food Science

Evaporated milk is created by heating whole milk and removing 60% of the water from it. While the water is removed, pretty much all the nutrients from milk are being kept and even though it ends up having a different texture and flavor due to its caramelization, the homogenization process breaks down fat globules in milk, making it easier to digest. This can be beneficial for people who are lactose intolerant or experience difficulty digesting milk fat.

Cooking tips for Evaporated Milk

You can substitute regular milk with evaporated milk in some recipes by using ⅔ cup of evaporated milk for every 1 cup of regular milk.

Evaporated milk can be used to make a rich and creamy ice cream topping. Simply whip evaporated milk with sugar and vanilla extract until it forms stiff peaks.

Evaporated milk is just unsweetened condensed milk and as such you can use it in many savory dishes to add creaminess such as risotto, mac and cheese and even mashed potatoes.

What are the health benefits of Evaporated Milk?

Compared to regular milk, evaporated milk is more concentrated in nutrients like protein, calcium, vitamin D, and phosphorus. One cup of evaporated milk provides about 45% of the daily recommended value of calcium, important for strong bones and teeth.

Compared to regular milk, evaporated milk is higher in calories and fat. One cup contains about 300 calories and 14 grams of fat. Some brands of evaporated milk have added sugar for sweetness. Check the label and opt for unsweetened varieties if sugar content is a concern.

Evaporated milk can be a valuable addition to your diet in moderation and when combined with other nutrient-rich foods.

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