Evaporated milk recipe

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homemade evaporated milk

How to make evaporated milk Preparation time2 hours 10 minutesCooking time2 hours


  • 1 liter of liquid whole milk


Other ingredients:

  • 100 g of whole milk powder
  • 30g of butter
  • 1 and ¾ cup of water

If you don’t know what evaporated milk is, there’s nothing to worry about, as we’ll start this recipe by building an easy-to-understand concept. It is a cow’s milk concentrate from which 60% of the water in raw milk has been removed. We could speak more exactly of a semi-evaporated milk, since the only one that is 100% evaporated is powdered milk. One of the advantages of evaporated milk compared to raw liquid milk is that it can be stored for a long time, maintaining its nutritional properties. 

Many wonder what evaporated milk is for, and to answer this question you have to think about viscosity. This milk is much denser than liquid milk, has an intense aroma and is yellowish in color. In this sense, it is commonly used to give a creamy texture to sauces in savory dishes, but also as a substitute for cream in countless desserts, such as flan, cake, dulce de leche, pie, among others.

The preparation of evaporated milk is very simple. First of all, you should select a tall, wide-mouthed saucepan to avoid spills, since when the milk reaches the boiling point it tends to bubble a lot and can spill out of the pot. You can also use a milk boiler, as long as it is possible to regulate its temperature, since some appliances turn off automatically when the milk starts to boil, but here we need it to last a long time boiling. 

If you prepare it in a pot, you should place it on high heat until it boils and then lower it to medium heat and leave it uncovered so that the water evaporates. This process can last from 90 to 120 minutes, but it is important that you stir the milk with a wooden spoon at least every 10 minutes, to avoid burning the base and forming cream on the surface. 

You will notice that over time the amount of milk is significantly reduced. It is estimated that 1 liter of liquid milk becomes 400 ml of evaporated milk. In addition, it will be denser and have a more yellow hue. 

Another way to prepare evaporated milk is using powdered milk. In this case, you have to place the water, milk and butter in a pot and heat over medium heat, stirring continuously to combine everything without creating lumps. When everything is completely integrated, you can remove it from the heat, wait for the temperature to drop a little and transfer the milk to the blender to beat for 2 minutes, with the aim of diluting any lumps.

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