Evaporated milk is a staple in many homes and is a versatile ingredient that can be used in sweet or savory dishes. It is a shelf-stable dairy product made by slowly simmering regular milk until more than half of the water content evaporates. This gives the milk a creamy texture and rich flavor that can be stored long-term without spoiling. The milk is also fortified with a variety of vitamins and minerals.
Evaporated milk can be found in most major supermarkets in the baking aisle near the other shelf-stable dairy products like powdered milk and sweetened condensed milk. It is typically sold in small cans with a 'best by' date printed on the label. Once opened, it should be stored in the refrigerator and should be used within five days.
There are a number of recipes that call for the use of evaporated milk instead of traditional milk because it offers a more consistent consistency. In addition to the fact that it can be used in place of liquid in recipes, a can of the milk provides a good source of protein, which helps supply your body with energy and keeps your cells, tissues, and muscles functioning normally. One ounce of Carnation low-fat or fat-free evaporated milk contains 2 grams of protein, which is about 4 percent of the recommended daily allowance for women and about 3 percent of the allowance for men.
Evaporated milk is similar to condensed milk, but it has less sugar and does not contain any added sugars. It is a popular choice to make savory recipes, including casseroles and gravies, as well as desserts like pies and puddings. It is also used as a substitute for heavy cream in many recipes.