Evaporated milk is a canned milk product that has about half of the water removed.
More Info: Evaporated milk is produced by boiling fresh, raw milk between 110-140 degrees Fahrenheit under reduced pressure until half of the water evaporates. The concentrated protein and lactose slightly brown during the cooking process giving evaporated milk its color.
Commercial canners of evaporated milk will then homogenize, can, and sterilize the product.
Shelf Life and Storage
Cooking milk and reducing its water content makes it a shelf-stable product that is easier to store and lengthens its shelf life, making evaporated milk a perfect item to keep handy in the pantry. If stored in a cool, dry place, a can of evaporated milk has a one-year shelf life.
After opening a can of evaporated milk, store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Opened evaporated milk will last up to seven days.
Can I Substitute Evaporated Milk for Regular Milk?
You can use evaporated milk straight out of the can for recipes or use it in place of milk for a creamier result. To substitute evaporated milk for milk simply add equal amounts of water to it.
Can I Use Evaporated Milk Instead of Buttermilk?
Evaporated milk can also be used as a buttermilk substitution when baking. For each cup needed simply add one tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice, ½-cup water, and ½-cup evaporated milk.