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How to Make Evaporated Milk

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Today, I’ll show you how to make evaporated milk. If you’re making pumpkin pie and other custard type pies, you’ll need to add this ingredient as part of your recipe.

But what if you don’t have a can of this ingredient on hand? Not to worry. It’s easy to make evaporated milk at home right in your own kitchen. And it only calls for one ingredient: Milk!

Which Milk Makes the Best Evaporated Milk?

When it comes to making evaporated milk, it’s best to use whole milk. It can be raw, pasteurized, or ultra-pasteurized. If you have been with me for a while, you know that I generally don’t recommend using ultra-pasteurized milk in a traditional foods kitchen.

However, since we will be heating this milk for an extended period of time—about 30 minutes—I am fine with using ultra-pasteurized milk here, especially if that is all you can find at your local market.

How About Low-Fat Milk? Fat-Free Milk?

If you decide that you want to make evaporated milk with low-fat or even fat-free milk, you can certainly do this. However, the consistency of the final product will not be as rich as if you had started with whole milk. And if you are planning on using a low-fat or fat-free evaporated milk in a recipe, you might need to adjust the recipe slightly.

For example, if you use these alternative kinds of milk to make a pumpkin pie, you may need to add one tablespoon of flour to the pie mixture to achieve the correct consistency of the final baked pie.

Get Ready to Bake!

So be sure to watch my video and learn how to make homemade evaporated milk so that you can make a recipe that calls for this ingredient anytime you want. You’ll never have to buy that little can on the bottom shelf at your grocery again!

More 4-Corners Pantry Recipes

Now that you’ve mastered this ingredient, be sure to check out these videos for more homemade staples for your 4-Corners Pantry: Your Refrigerator, Freezer, Kitchen Pantry, and Extended Pantry.

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Homemade Evaporated Milk

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Yield: 12 Fluid Ounces
Learn How to Make Evaporated Milk in your own kitchen and never have to buy it in the can again!

Equipment

  • Heavy-Bottom Saucepan
  • Heat Proof Spatula or Large Spoon

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Whole milk

Instructions 

  • Add 3 cups of whole milk to a heavy-bottomed saucepan.
  • Bring the milk up to a medium simmer and then turn down to a low simmer.
  • Periodically, stir the milk as it simmers on low.
  • Simmer milk on low for 25-30 minutes until it has reduced by half.
  • Once reduced by half, transfer to a jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator. Homemade evaporated milk will stay freshly refrigerated for approximately one week.

Video

Notes

Find this recipe and video at https://marysnest.com/how-to-make-evaporated-milk/
Copyright © 2019 Mary’s Nest, LLC, All Rights Reserved
Course: Pantry Staples
Cuisine: Americana
Keyword: Evaporated Milk, Homemade Evaporated Milk
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  1. Marcia Macy says:

    5 stars
    I am looking forward to trying the recipes for condensed and evaporated milk because all the canned milks at the store have carrageenan in them and that is incompatible with my stomach!

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Marcia, Thanks for your comment! So happy to hear that you’ll make this. It’s so easy! Also…If you enjoy learning about making other homemade pantry type items, you might enjoy my playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkRuW3pBo2U1MqC3YAw7ZRYjuL9FBGSwc where I show how to make Apple Cider Vinegar, 10 Flavored Extracts including Vanilla Extract, 1- Minute Homemade Mayonnaise, Homemade Bouillon – and how to dehydrate it, Natural Food Colorings, Condensed Milk, Preserved Citrus, and more!

      BTW – Do you enjoy making other traditional foods?  I have a playlist of my videos titled “Mastering the Basics of Traditional Nutrient Dense Foods Cooking”.  It’s a series of 15 detailed videos that covers How to Make Bone Broth, Cultured Dairy, Ferments, Sourdough Starter (my foolproof stater), Sourdough Bread, and How to Soak and Sprout Grains to Make your own Sprouted Flour at Home.  You can watch the VIDEOS here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCWcFsG-Np0&list=PLkRuW3pBo2U3b4eu0QraZReKlGzA11h3y

      Also, I wanted to let you know that if you are also interested in making bone broth, I buy my bones from US Wellness Meats. Be sure to go to the “shopping guide” on my webpage where I have a special link and 15% off discount code for US Wellness Meats: https://marysnest.com/shopping-guide/

      And if by chance you are especially interested in learning about sourdough, be sure to check out my Complete Guide to Sourdough: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkRuW3pBo2U3NKN0GHvGCpiWNxcTefLof I think you will enjoy some of these videos.

      And in the Modern Pioneering spirit…If you enjoy canning, or are interested in learning about canning, I have a playlist of my canning videos here which include step-by-step tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkRuW3pBo2U3HJRCmwVAvBNS90WjifR1U

      Oh…And here is my 2020 Channel Update for everything I have planned for this year: https://youtu.be/qjOJh8Cb_-k

      Oh…one more thing…Do you know about our FB group?  It’s called Mary’s Nest Modern Pioneers.  Come join us!  We have a lot of fun chatting about Traditional Foods:

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      Please let me know if you have any questions.  I’m so happy to help!  And I’m so glad we’re on this Traditional Foods Journey together!!

      Thank you again for writing to me!

      Love, Mary

  2. Tami says:

    Thank you for the evaporated milk lesson. I live a distance from a grocery store so I have been learning how to make things in my own. This was a wonderful help to ward making food 100% from scratch!!

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Tami, Thank you so much for leaving a comment. Glad you liked the lesson. I have a bunch more coming up including how to make condensed milk and how to make natural food coloring!

      Do you enjoy making other traditional foods? If so, I have a playlist of some of my videos titled “Mastering the Basics of Traditional Nutrient Dense Foods Cooking”. It’s a series of 15 detailed videos that covers How to Make Bone Broth, Cultured Dairy, Ferments, Sourdough Starter (my foolproof stater), Sourdough Bread, Soaked and Sprouted Nuts and Beans, and How to Soak and Sprout Grains to Make your own Sprouted Flour at Home. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkRuW3pBo2U3b4eu0QraZReKlGzA11h3y And please share the playlist with any other folks you think might be interested in learning about these types of things. I’m passionate about the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon (of the Weston A Price Foundation) and want to help as many people as I can learn how to make Traditional “Nutrient Dense” Foods.

      Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m so happy to help! And I’m SO glad you’re here!! Love and God Bless, Mary❤️😘❤️

      PS – Do you know about our FB group? It’s called Mary’s Nest Modern Pioneers. Come join us! We have a lot of fun chatting about Traditional Foods: https://www.facebook.com/groups/171869080205145/?source_id=210509998974645

    2. Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Tami, Thank you for the comment – and so happy to hear that you liked this video and found it helpful !If you enjoy making homemade pantry type items, you might enjoy my playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkRuW3pBo2U1MqC3YAw7ZRYjuL9FBGSwc where I show how to make Apple Cider Vinegar, Flavored Extracts, Natural Food Colorings, Evaporated Milk, Condensed Milk, Preserved Citrus, and more! Love, Mary

  3. Michele Pryse says:

    I’m so glad you shared this! I am making evaporated milk for my pumpkin pies right now! I’ll let you know how it (and the pies) turn out. I never liked buying the canned stuff. XOX

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